The Polar Express: Speech & Language Therapy Companion

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All Aboard! It's Christmas Eve and that magical train is here to take us to the to the North Pole!

This packet is a companion to the Chris Van Allsburg book: The Polar Express. You must purchase the book separately to use this book. I have no association with the publisher or book author.

The Polar Express is a perfect book to use in the winter for speech and language therapy with upper elementary to middle school students. It allows work on skills in a fun set of activity with a high level of vocabulary. THis book companion is designed to support instruction of typical speech and language goals using lessons related to the book.

The document is 62 pages in length. I will use it this year with 1st -8th graders. Please look at the companion thoroughly to determine if it will meet the needs of your students.

The companion includes:

Articulation: Pages 3-10. /r/ 117 words, /s/ 104 words, /l/ 65 words, ‘th’ 13 words, ‘ch’ 13 words, ‘sh’ 3 words. Cut out each of the tracks and use them to practice mixed articulation. Use the blank worksheets to practice and record trials. Color each image as you say a target word. Use the included homework page by adding each child’s target words to the windows of the cars.

Vocabulary: Pages 11-21. 12 tier 2 vocabulary cards are included from the story. Practice these words in a variety of ways to help your students master receptive/expressive tasks. Word/definition matching, synonym matching, cloze sentences, and sentence creation tasks are included.

Sequencing: Pages 22-24. Use the 10 included cards in order to sequence and retell the story. Extra plain vocabulary cards are included for various activities.

Story Retell: Pages 25-29. Use the included worksheets for story retell.

EET Companion: Page 30: Use the included worksheet as a companion to the Expanding Expression Tool (©Sara Smith).

Comprehension: Page 31-36. Two levels of story comprehension questions are included.

Writing: Pages 37-41. Three writing prompts are included, First Person POV, One Christmas Gift, and 5 Senses Writing. Compare and contrast and visualization activities help students focus on the style of writing.

Main Idea & Details: Pages 42-43. Work on identifying the main idea and details from each page.

Describing: Pages 44-47. Identify adjective and adverbs used in the book and describe items from the book.

Figurative Language: Pages 48-53. Discuss similes and metaphors with your students using the included poster. Sort phrases by the type of figurative language and then illustrate one of the book’s phrases.

Verb Cards: Pages 54-59. Use the included pages to identify the past, present, and future tense of given verbs. Use the sentence strips to write a sentence using a given word form.

Inferences: Page 60. Use this page to make an inference from the story. The left column lists a part of the story. On the right side fill in what inference would be made from that information.

Coloring Page: Page 61. The coloring page can be used as a reinforcer for any activity.

Game Board: Page 62. Use the game board for any speech room activities.

PLEASE download the entire document to see a full preview of included activities!

This document was created using Smarty Symbols. Smarty Symbols is a registered Trademark of Smarty Ears, 2013. All rights reserved to Smarty Ears.

Please email with any question before purchase.

Check out these other school-aged Christmas related therapy items.

The Polar Express Speech and Language Book Companion, Christmas Receptive LanguageChristmas PragmaticsChristmas Expressive LanguageChristmas Grammar Speech and Language Toy Catalog CompanionMulticultural December Holidays PacketThere was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell , Guess the Gift

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