The Polar Express Common Core Project Pack

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This project pack includes 20 pages of common core aligned projects designed to accompany Chris Van Allsburg’s holiday favorite, The Polar Express:

Writing:
Simile Trees Craft – students explore similes, formulate a definition for similes, collect similes from the book, write their own winter themed-similes which they display on holiday tree paper craft.

Through the Window of The Polar Express – students write about something they might see through the train window if they took a ride on the Polar Express.

Nonfiction Reading & Science
The Science Behind The Polar Express – students read from a selection of 8 nonfiction articles highlighting scientific topics within The Polar Express. Topics incude the operation of steam engines, the Northern Lights, the polar ice caps along with other interesting topics like staying up all night, how people celebrate winter holidays and who Saint Nick was. While reading, students practice nonfiction text analysis skills including questioning, vocabulary identification and definition, author’s viewpoint and visual analysis.

Math:
Polar Express Math Stories – students collect information about the story elements of The Polar Express and incorporate them in math story problems that require addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and elapsed time calculations.

Elapsed Time Express – students apply their knowledge of elapsed time, addition, subtraction and chart reading to solve math problems about the trip the Polar Express takes to the North Pole. Students then create their own schedule for a round trip with a duration of 2.5 hours and design a map that highlights a few of the main events that take place during their imaginary trip.


Where Are Those Elves? – students apply their knowledge of place value and rounding to solve problems about the elves at the North Pole. This activity requires students to practice writing to explain their math problem solving processes and drawing pictures and diagrams to illustrate their math thinking.

This project is designed for classroom use to accompany Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express: but is in no way affiliated with Chris Van Allsburg or his written works.

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20
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Teaching Duration
1 Week

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The Polar Express Common Core Project Pack
The Polar Express Common Core Project Pack
The Polar Express Common Core Project Pack
The Polar Express Common Core Project Pack