This is a 3rd grade lesson plan that aligns with the Polar Express movie. The students will engage in 4 activities involving reading/ language arts, math, science, and writing.
Smart Notebook guides step by step through each lesson.
Worksheets all included.
Activity 1: Build a Bridge to cross the ice - materials needed to purchase for this include toothpicks, mini-marshmallows, spaghetti
Activity 2: Rebuild the North Pole
Activity 3: Lesson learned/theme
Activity 4: Invent a new form of transportation for Santa/write to persuade him to buy it
Extension activities provided.
Appropriate for Grade 3 - can be used for grades 2 through 8 with simple adjustments.
Mid-lesson (after activity 1 or 2 if time) we watch the movie, "The Polar Express".
Aligned to Common Core State Standards:
Who, or what, is this text about? R.I.3.1
What are the main ideas in the reading? R.I.3.1
How do the details of the text support the main idea? R.I.3.2
What are the central messages (lessons/morals) of "The Polar Express"? R.L.3.2
How do you know what the lessons/morals are? R.L.3.2.
How does the author convey the central message (lesson or moral)? R.L.3.2.
Explain how the author uses details to convey the message (lesson or moral) of the story. R.L.3.2
Who is your audience? W.3.1a
What is your purpose for writing? W.3.1a
Did you let your reader know your opinion or preference? W.3.1b
How did you introduce your topic? W.3.1a
Is your writing organized in a way that makes sense to your reader? W.3.1a
Are any important details or reasons left out of your writing? W.3.1b
Do you use time-order words to help your reader understand when the events happened? W.3.1a
Does your conclusion sum up or restate your opinion or purpose? W.3.1d
How can you represent and solve multiplication problems using objects in groups? 3.OA.A.1
What is the total area needed for each of Santa's requests? 3.MD.C.7a/3.MD.C.7b/3.MD.C.6
How can you use a ruler to create a rectangle with specific side lengths? 3.MD.B.4
What strategies can you use to add and subtract whole numbers? 3.NBT.A.2