This fun project is a gift for your students and a week-long project in ONE! Send your students off for winter break with a gift and ZERO work for you to grade! This isn't your ordinary Polar Express unit!
I began doing this years ago with my students to change things up. I wanted to give them all a small gift for the holidays, but I was tired of students completing worksheets just for me to have a pile of stuff to grade over the break. So the Polar Express Box Project was born!
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS!
This project involves a normal-sized shoe box that gets filled with goodies from you (parent letter and baggie topper included), wrapped in fun holiday paper and covered with student work (all included). You collect the shoe boxes the month leading up to the unit, fill them with your goodies, and then wrap them up. Students choose their box and throughout the week complete a piece of work that will be glued to each side of the box. They cannot stop wondering what is waiting for them inside the box the entire week! Grade them as you go and then on the last day before break, hand them their boxes and wave goodbye! They then get to show their work to their parents and unwrap their gift from you over the holidays. It is unique, loads of fun, and totally worth your time!
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
-4 page how-to guide
-baggie topper that you can use for your goodies that includes a quote from the story (two options-print and cursive)
-6 color photos of a completed box so you can feel comfortable with how it should look
-parent letter to ask for shoe box donations
-10 teaching posters that cover plot, similes, and character traits
-in-depth analyzation of the plot of an original short story that uses vocabulary from The Polar Express
-7 pages of student sheets:
character traits for the boy's character
writing prompt: What if you got to choose the first gift of Christmas?
Venn Diagram that compares the book and movie (done on the last day)
TRY SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR THAT WILL KEEP YOUR STUDENTS EXCITED AND ENGAGED!
Be sure to check out my other Polar Express products!
POLAR EXPRESS VOCABULARY PACK
POLAR EXPRESS BUNDLE PACK