Rated 4.7 out of 5, based on 53 reviews
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2nd - 4th, Homeschool
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This was so fun! My students were engaged and learning. This is a perfect resource to use right before Christmas break!
The students loved this activity to do asynchronously after we read the story together. Great review of literature skills.
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What do you call a train that sneezes? Your students will find out when they complete all the activities in this fun book companion for The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. This set includes everything you need for a complete book study. The activities are available in printable and digital formats. The digital format is ready to assign in Google and Seesaw.

Think of these activities as a book companion with a twist! Your students will feel like detectives as they uncover mystery words that lead to the answer to a joke. This works a little like an escape game without locks or boxes.

The 6 activities include:

  1. Summarize the Story
  2. Nonfiction Reading Passage
  3. Vocabulary Puzzle
  4. Irregular Past Tense Verbs
  5. Fact and Opinion
  6. Story Questions
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✔Eight Printable Vocabulary Cards

✔Narrated Vocabulary Video

✔Link to Story Video

✔Six Digital Activities

✔Answer Key


✔Audio Files (Some districts block the audio, but you can use these files to insert your own)

✔Directions for Assigning

✔Google Links

✔Seesaw Link

✔Recording Sheet

You'll love the vocabulary cards and the vocabulary video! The 8 cards are ready to print and teach.

Your students will love playing "detective" as they uncover mystery words and crack code words. They'll forget they're learning and reviewing standards-based skills.

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