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# Polar Express Math Adventure! NO PREP fun for 3rd & 4th Grades

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3rd - 5th
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#### What educators are saying

This was such a fun activity to do with the students on the last few days leading up to Christmas break. They enjoyed it, and then we watched the movie!
This was a fun activity for my students. It was low prep. I know my students had fun with the different projects.

### Description

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Put on your PJs, and grab a friend. Your ride on the Polar Express is about to begin. You are going to the North Pole!

Scenario:

You have been given a golden ticket to catch a ride on the Polar Express. In order to have a successful trip, you have some tasks to complete before, during and after your trip. Are you up for the challenge?

In this fun math challenge, students will be introduced to various "characters" along their journey to the north pole. They will participate in challenges throughout their journey. Finally, they will meet Santa who will give them a "secret code" to crack.

• Given a budget, students use basic addition and subtraction to choose new PJs for their trip on the Polar Express.
• The conductor needs help with the schedule! Students must look at the Polar Express itinerary and determine the times on the clocks.
• Snack time! It is the student's job to create an appropriate snack menu for the students on board the train. They will practice multiplying by 5's while creating their menu.
• Who knew elves can't round? Well these elves can't and they need help! Santa wants an estimate on the number of toys he needs. Students must round the exact numbers to the nearest 10 and 100.
• Santa's secret message -- students crack Santa's secret code by solving addition and subtraction word problems.
• Also included -- editable golden tickets (3 versions)

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• Given a budget, students use 2 digit addition and subtraction to choose new PJs for their trip on the Polar Express.
• The conductor needs help with the schedule! Students must look at the schedule and determine elapsed time given multiple scenarios.
• Snack time! It is the student's job to create an appropriate snack menu for the students on board the train. They will practice multiplying by 2 digit numbers while creating their menu.
• Who knew elves can't round? Well these elves can't and they need help! Santa wants an estimate on the number of toys he needs. Students must round the exact numbers to the nearest 100 and 1,000.
• Santa's secret message -- students crack Santa's secret code by solving multiplication and division word problems.
• Also included -- editable golden tickets (3 versions)

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You can also combine both options!! Pick and choose to create the perfect challenge for your students!

**65 PAGES INCLUDED**

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Total Pages
65 pages
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1 hour
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### Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.
Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.
Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.
Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.