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Polar Express Unit for Upper Elementary

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Relate the Polar Express to science, social studies, math, and reading in upper elementary! All activities are rigorous, engaging, and upper elementary focused!

You can transform your classroom into the Polar Express or just work on analyzing the text, either way these high level activities will keep your students engaged!

Have your students already read the book in previous grades? GOOD! This shows students how you can take a simple text and analyze it deeply! It is better if they have already read it!

How will this help the teacher and student?

Engagement- Students will be engaged the ENTIRE time you are learning about the Polar Express!

Integrated- All subjects will have lessons relating to the Polar Express. You will teach math, science, social studies, and reading all with the same theme!

Rigor- These activities are higher level and really make your kids think beyond the text!

Low Prep- Almost all activities are print and go!

What’s Included?


All activities have a teacher guide included for extra instruction.

Reading Activities:

Visualization before reading activity

Several Vocabulary Activities with a Vocabulary Quiz

Several Figurative Language Activities

Character Trait Graffiti Wall and Acting Activity

Theme Close Read

Point of View Comparing Activity

Comprehension Quiz

Math Activities:

Word Problem Race to the North Pole

Bar Graphing

Line Plot Bring in a Item Activity

Let’s Save Christmas-Multiplication and Division Practice

Area and Perimeter of the North Pole (Create your Own North Pole)

Create Your Own Train using Shapes and Angles

Writing Activities:

Imagery Writing of Christmas Morning

Letter to Santa –Parts of a Paragraph Work

Comparison Essay

Social Studies Activities

Geography of our World

History of Trains Timeline Research


Polar Region Research

Secret Sound Experiment

Bells, Bells, Bells

What are others saying?!

Jenna-Great resource that covers all curriculum areas! It was fun to incorporate a movie into our whole day of learning!

Analisa- This is the perfect resource for 3rd graders! It was a lot of fun for my kids, while also being a complex packet for them too!

Nancy- These activities were great! I like that I can differentiate wth them, based on the activities available! Thank you!!

>>>Read more about Polar Express week here!<<<

I loved the theme of the Polar Express, but realized that it was mainly only being used in lower grades. I wanted to use it upper elementary so I could show kids how to dig deeper into and still engage in that love for Christmas and magic that kids have! That is why I created a unit where the students would be engaged, but also learning and practicing higher level skills! I hope your kiddos are as engaged as mine are during this week!

Much Love,


The Friendly Teacher

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