~Ask students to wear pajamas the day that The Polar Express story will be read.
~Give students their own ticket. They will need to turn it in to the conductor of the train (teacher) in order to board. Then once they load the train have a hole punch and punch their ticket. Line chairs in two rows as if students will be taking a train ride to the North Pole. Have students listen to the Polar Express Song while they "load" the train
~Read story while asking reading comprehension questions while reading story students can drink hot chocolate also have silver bells waiting for them in their desks, cubbies or backpacks.