Polar Express activities and lesson plans
Polar Express -- the book and the movie -- are student favorites. During this holiday season, take advantage of this "teachable moment" by connecting the book and movie to your curriculum. Included: Education World connects you to lessons, resources.
One of the most beloved children's books of all time, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, is now a popular movie too. Wise teachers everywhere are looking for ways to capitalize on interest in the story as children and families revisit this timeless classic during the holiday season.
Some schools are even capitalizing on the excitement that surrounds the story by booking a theater for a night of family fun and fundraising. If you're looking for a great holiday fundraiser, you might contact your local theater about the possibility of showing Polar Express in the weeks ahead.
To help you take advantage in the classroom of this supremely "teachable moment," Education World has gathered lessons and other resources from around the Web. We hope these great resources help you connect The Polar Express to all areas of your curriculum.
Five lessons for teaching "The Polar Express"
The five links below offer fun activities for teaching with The Polar Express. You'll find links to many additional activities as you scroll down this page.
A train track reading log
Polar Express crossword puzzle
Polar Express word search puzzle
Make your own reindeer
Polar Express recipes
The above activities are part of a great resource from Houghton Mifflin. For additional activities, printables, and resources from the publisher, see their resource A Polar Express Pajama Party.
More resources from Houghton Mifflin
Additional resources from the publisher include the following:
More lessons and resources
Lesson ideas for teaching with The Polar Express
The Polar Express unit & theme
The Polar Express math problems
A vacation to the polar regions
Resources for teaching about Chris Van Allsburg
Chris Van Allsburg
A conversation with Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton Mifflin)
Author spotlight: Chris Van Allsburg Biography (EduPlace.com)
Author Spotlight: Chris Van Allsburg Interview (EduPlace.com)
Author Studies: Chris Van Allsburg's Interview Transcript (Scholastic.com)