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The Polar Express
The Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg
222 posts | 188 read | 2 reading | 12 to read
For twenty-five years, The Polar Express has been a treasured holiday classic. To commemorate this special anniversary, a lavish gift edition has been created. The set includes a silver foil border, a CD audio recording read by Liam Neeson, a note from Chris Van Allsburg, and a silvery keepsake "All Aboard" ornament. Awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1986, The Polar Express has sold more than 7 million copies, become a classic holiday movie, and been translated into stage productions that take place across the United States during the holiday season.
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Charityann
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Crimson613 11pts!! 12.29 3w
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Marina_h
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We celebrate Christmas tonight but the morning started slow with a #HolidayMovie and one for the #ChristmasMovieBingo. I'm a long way from my first line 😁
#WinterGames #TeamElectricSex @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan It's still a move. I have not counted mine yet. +6 4w
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britt_reads
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Just finished watching Polar Express while wrapping some gifts which finally gives me my first Bingo!
#wintergames #teamfozziwig #holidaymovie

@BarkingMadRun @Clwojick @StayCurious

BarkingMadRun Yay! 1mo
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FantasyChick
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Well, tonight's the night. One of my #HolidayTraditions is to hole myself in my room with a Christmas movie and wrap all the presents. I have to do it all at once or I forget things. This year I was a little less organized so I may need the extra shopping days in case I forgot anything. I hate this part.

#WinterGames #JingleBallers #HolidayMovie

31pts

robinb I do the same thing!! 🤣😂👍🙌🏼 1mo
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JenlovesJT47
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Jace and I are watching The Polar Express for the first time. Dunno why I haven‘t seen it before but Jace is enthralled with the train. 🚂

#WinterGames
#TMSkellington
#HolidayMovie

AmyG Ha...boys and trains. 🤣 1mo
JenlovesJT47 @AmyG lol right?? 🤣 1mo
Crimson613 11pts!! 1mo
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I clearly don't have any kind of Bingo strategy here. 😂 😂

Watched The Polar Express last night and Charlie Brown's Christmas this morning.

#ChristmasMovieBingo #WinterGames #HolidayMovies #TheFithyAnimals

AlaMich I had an earnest conversation with some first graders yesterday about how long the train ride to the North Pole would actually be. Fifteen hours? Three hours? 🤔❤️ 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @AlaMich I guess it depends on how magical your 🚂 is. 😌 I‘d love to know what the 1st graders thought. 1mo
AlaMich @4thhouseontheleft Ryan was pretty sure it was three because he had been on the Polar Express train in Chicago. Nora and Amelie were dubious. 😆 1mo
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Jadams1776
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I missed this one on my last post. +21 for a #HolidayRead +5 bonus points for a book made into a movie. (26 total) #MerryReaders #WinterGames

Clwojick 26 pt 1mo
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Come-read-with-me
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Four more fabulous additions to my Christmas library. The illustrations in each are beautifully done and the stories will touch your heart with the love of the Christmas season. A five ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ review for each! #wintergames #thefilthyanimals

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Inkblotsandcoffeestains
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Round two of this morning‘s reading. Of course The Polar Express was my favorite but Turkey Claus was a close second. +81 pts for #MerryReaders #holidayread #WinterGames @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick plus an extra 5 for #booktomovie adaptation. 1mo
Inkblotsandcoffeestains @Clwojick thanks! I can‘t believe I didn‘t realize that! Lol 1mo
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Eggs
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“At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Though I‘ve grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe.”

#bells

#hollyjollyreading

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚🎄🎅🏻 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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cwarnier
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#wintergames #teamfozziwig #holidayreads @Clwojick @StayCurious @BarkingMadRun
Here is my evening. Reading and movie watching
26 points

BarkingMadRun 🚂 1mo
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kezzlou85
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A silver bell from Santas sleigh after a ride on the polar Express perfect for today's prompt in #FestivePhotoChallenge #WinterGames #TeamElectricSex
@Clwojick @StayCurious @LibrarianRyan

brit91 💖🚂💖🚂🛎💖🛎 1mo
Ireadkidlit Oh What Fun! 1mo
kezzlou85 @Ireadkidlit it's so good. A ride on a proper train to see Santa as they tell the story of the polar express. 1mo
kezzlou85 @brit91 love this ❤ 1mo
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wanderinglynn ❤️ 🚂🎄 1mo
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lele1432
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Currently watching...I've never actually seen this movie adaptation before! #WinterGames #TMSkellington #HolidayMovie

Crimson613 6pts!! 12-11 def watching this one too this month, also haven't watched it before 👌👌 1mo
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Chili
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#WinterGames #MerryReaders #HolidayRead This was really cute. Can you hear the bell?

brit91 A great Christmas story all those who believe can hear the bell!🎄🛎🚂 1mo
Clwojick 26 pt 1mo
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AmyK1
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Tonight‘s #holidaymovie is The Polar Express. We saw this in the theater when it came out and have watched it every year since, often more than once when the kids were little. It‘s definitely a #holidaytradition It is also based on a book, so 31pts? #merryreaders #wintergames @Clwojick @StayCurious

Jerdencon Watched it last night! 1mo
Clwojick 31pt 1mo
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guinsgirlreads
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Can‘t sleep, as I have a severe stomach ache for some reason. 😝🤬 So Polar Express it is! #wintergames #slaybells (6)!

GrilledCheeseSamurai Hope you're feeling better soon! ❤️ 1mo
guinsgirlreads @GrilledCheeseSamurai Aww, thanks! ❤️ (edited) 1mo
MidnightBookGirl I'm sorry you don't feel good! Hopefully the movie helped. 6pts!
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DaveGreen7777 Hope you feel much better soon! 1mo
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BethM
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I‘ve got to be up early but instead I‘m snuggling my puppy and watching Polar Express. #wintergames #holidaymovie #tmskellington

Crimson613 11pts! that sounds like both a good and bad plan xD 1mo
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Charityann
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Crimson613 26pts!! 1mo
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lele1432
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The perfect #HolidayRead for children and adults! The artwork is cozy and beautiful. This special edition even came with a Polar Express ornament, which is an ornament I wish was life-sized! #OrnamentHunt #WinterGames #TMSkellington

Crimson613 36pts!! stacking those points, nice! xD 1mo
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AnneCecilie
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StayCurious Great! +26! 2mo
BeaG I love the book and movie! 2mo
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taylorscalfaro
Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg
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This book won a Caldecott Award for its stunning illustrations that bring the text to life. The images are truly magical and extend on the whimsical tale that is easy to follow.

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taylorscalfaro
Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg

I would use this book in my future classroom because it is a great holiday tale that inspires holiday magic in children.

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taylorscalfaro
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“There's no greater gift than friendship.“

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agreco1925
Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg

“There's no greater gift than friendship“

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agreco1925
Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg

I would use this in my classroom during the winter holidays as a fun read for the kids.

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agreco1925
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This award winner is a very fun and engaging book for young and older children. I really enjoy this book because of the imagery used in this book. The illustrations have a lot of detail that helps to extend the text.

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Kati15
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Now at home watching The Polar Express. ☺️ #WinterGames, #elfies, #holidaymovies, @Clwojick @StayCurious @Bookwormjillk

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overtheedge
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The Polar Express. On AMC I enjoy this so much.....
#wintergames #ReadNosedReindeer @Clwojick @StayCurious #Holidaymovie #GypsyKat
Bingo #booktomovie

StayCurious Is that Another bingo! Wow! +20 +5 +1 +5 = 31! 2mo
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mdm139
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Tonight‘s bed time stories for the boys. #wintergames #teamnutcracker @Clwojick @StayCurious @Bookworm54

20 pts Snowman All Year + 20 pts Polar Express + 5 pts book to movie + 1 pt participation = 46 pts

Running total - 393

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bullbunny
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The need to get to the North Pole and Santa starting his Journey, counts as a Christmas deadline right?

#holidaymovie #christmasmovie #wintergames #teamelectricsex @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan I say so. +1 2mo
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Just wrapping up the #3 #holidaymovie the class #ChristmasMovieBingo movie The Polar Express

Which of course is a #booktomovie #christmasmovie

#wintergames #teamelectricsex @LibrarianRyan @GypsyKat

LibrarianRyan yeahhhh +11 2mo
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Kdgordon88
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4 more holiday reads. All classics: A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Polar Express and my son‘s 1992 offering Christmas is...❤️. 81 pts

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus

@wanderinglynn @Clwojick @StayCurious

wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻 And just as a FYI, all books count, not just holiday reads. It‘s just that holiday-themed reads get the most points (20). TBR reads get 15 (and I count anything on my goodreads TBR because I don‘t do monthly TBRs) and all other reads are “impulse” reads for 10pts. (edited) 2mo
Kdgordon88 @wanderinglynn. I have a 3 others in process but this seems to be what my attention span can handled right now. 🤪 (edited) 2mo
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britt_reads
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I read through a couple of children‘s holiday classics during my study breaks today.

❄️ #WinterGames #HolidayRead #TeamFozziwig ❄️

BarkingMadRun Fun! 41 points! 2mo
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EadieB
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#WinterGames #JingleBallers #HolidayMovie #PolarExpress

A Christmas classic watched with my grandchildren.

6 points
5 points #BookToMovieAdaption
11 points total

FantasyChick Love this movie too! 11pts 2mo
GypsyKat ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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GatheringBooks
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#HollyJollyReading Day 5: Fats‘ review: “another masterpiece that will remain a children‘s classic and a holiday favorite. I like how the story begins with a boy who was told by a friend that he would never hear the ringing bells of Santa‘s #sleigh because there was no Santa. The boy never believed his friend. The beauty of The Polar Express comes from the magic of believing and the power of childlike wonder.” Full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-aMS

OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚🎄 2mo
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Chrissyreadit
Polar Express Big Book | Chris Van Allsburg
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I would like to go to an all inclusive no cooking or cleaning just hanging with my family resort. #teamfestivus

wanderinglynn That would be awesome! ⛄️ 2mo
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Clwojick
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Sigh, this is one of my favourite holiday classics, and I try to read it every year or so. ♥️ It was a perfect way to start my day - paired with some hot chocolate, of course 😉

+26for #MerryReaders #BookToMovie
@StayCurious @Clwojick #WinterGames

MidnightBookGirl I love his books and I love this movie! 2mo
Clwojick @MidnightBookGirl thanks for reminding me! I forgot about the extra points for #BookToMovie 2mo
AmyK1 I read this yesterday and also forgot about the extra points for the movie. It‘s one of my favorites too-especially since the movie mentions Grand Rapids, where we lived for 9 years. 2mo
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MidnightBookGirl Lol, we need all the help and points we can get! 2mo
brit91 💖💖💖💖💖 2mo
StayCurious If you read it every year could you count that as a holiday tradition for more points? 2mo
Clwojick @StayCurious 😉 I suppose I could 2mo
StayCurious @Clwojick just trying to help you out - you‘re obviously hurting for points 😂💕😉 2mo
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Addison_Reads
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I read these 4 delightful picture books today with my neighbor's granddaughter. We both enjoyed them all, but Polar Express was our favorite. 🎅

#TeamFestivus @wanderinglynn #HolidayReads #wintergames @StayCurious @Clwojick (81pts)

wanderinglynn Yay! ⛄️ 2mo
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TheQuietQuill
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I read these great Christmas books to my baby today and can I tell you just how much I love kids Christmas books!?
#wintergames #elfies #holidayreads

@Bookwormjillk @StayCurious @Clwojick

Bookwormjillk +81! 2mo
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AmyK1
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These 3 were cute, especially the Olaf one, but The Polar Express is always a favorite. #holidayreads #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick 61 points! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2mo
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overtheedge
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Always a good read! Esp this season.
#wintergames #ReadNosedReindeer @Clwojick @StayCurious
#HolidayRead
#ReadingBingo ...snow on the covet

StayCurious I've never actually read that one...20 + 1 + 5 for book to movie adaptation = 26 2mo
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sblbooks
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#WinterGames #holidaymovies
My 1st Christmas movie was The Polar Express.
My last post today. I've enjoyed all the fun on litsy, but it's back to work tomorrow.
#Teamelectricsex @LibrarianRyan @Clwojick @StayCurious

LibrarianRyan Great Movie to start with. +11 2mo
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audraelizabeth
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I watched polar express last night. I love the hot chocolate scene. #ChristmasMovieBingo @GypsyKat

GypsyKat That‘s one that I‘ve never seen and I‘m determined to watch it this year! ❤️🎄🎥 2mo
audraelizabeth @GypsyKat The animation is wonderful and story line is great. 2mo
GypsyKat @audraelizabeth I‘m looking forward to seeing it! 2mo
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Took a ride on the Polar Express today with my girls. Hot chocolate, cookie and a bell from Santa. Plus a read along of the story and singing. What a wonderful evening. #SantaTrain.

veritysalter Sounds fabulous 🚂 2mo
kezzlou85 @veritysalter it's so much fun. My girls loved it even the oldest one. 2mo
Slajaunie Love that movie! We do it every year in my class. Pjs and hot coco!!! 2mo
kezzlou85 @Slajaunie oh what a lovely idea. ❤ 2mo
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The Polar Express written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg is a Fiction Caldecott Medal winner. This is an amazing classic book absolutely perfect for the Christmas season! I would use this book as a LC.#ucflae3414f19

KevinKantola something that I would do is show the movie right after reading the book. This is a good resource that provides a venn diagram that compares the book and the movie.
https://thisreadingmama.com/polar-express-comprehension-sort-book-movie/
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KevinKantola The UDL strategy that I would use is 2.5 which is illustrate through multiple media by playing the movie. The ESOL strategy that I would use is using Venn diagrams to contrast and compare activities by comparing and contrasting the movie and book. 2mo
DrSpalding Many, many, many children will hear this story and hopefully see the movie! Comparing and contrasting the two versions is an excellent way to enhance comprehension. Great idea and well written. 1mo
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Jgolub13
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One of the most underrated holiday stories comes to life in this F book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. A young boy takes a magical train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. He finds out that one of the children will be selected to receive the first gift of Christmas from Santa. Who will be picked? What will they get? Most importantly, do you still believe? This book won a Caldecott Medal for its fantastic illustrations.

Jgolub13 This book provides a great opportunity to use the culture of many students who celebrate Christmas. This is why I believe that ESOL strategy #24 Incorporate the culture and the language of second language learners in your curriculum is perfect. I also believe that UDL principle Activate or supply background knowledge (3.1) fits as well. This should activate background knowledge in many of the students. 2mo
Jgolub13 I love this lesson from scholastic. It assesses comprehension by having students “record a podcast“ to tell the story of The Polar Express to the generations after the students. That way they will believe forever, and the teacher can assess the student's comprehension. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/polar-express-... #ucflae3414 (edited) 2mo
DrSpalding Several of your peers have highlighted this book! It is perfect for this time of year and your resource is stellar. Podcasts assist in oral language development and are engaging tools to use in your classroom. 2mo
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Mwinship
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The Polar Express is a holiday classic book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsbury. This fantasy Caldecott winning book tells the story of a young boy who wakes up one night to the sound of a train outside his window. When he boards, he meets other kids, all awaiting a trip to the North Pole. When I was in 1st grade we did a Polar Express night at my school where we watched the movies in our pjs and drank hot chocolate. #UCFLAE3414F19

Mwinship I think this book would be a great RA during the holiday season. This scholastic lesson plan can be incorporated afterwards for a writing unit: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/erin-klein/polar-express-and-chri...
The EL strategy 16 and the UDL guideline 5.2 about integrating writing activities and using multiple tools for construction and composition align with this book and lesson plan.
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AlyssaB I love this book. Every year for Christmas the kids make their own box of a train and we Parade around the school for the little ones to see. 2mo
DrSpalding Most of us love this holiday classic and scholastic is an excellent choice. There are so many ways to use this book around this time of year. 2mo
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katiehamlin
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The Polar Express is an RF picture book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. This book would be best as a RA for grades K-3 during the holiday season. This book follows the journey of a young boy who doubts Santa is real. He boards the Polar Express and enjoys a magical journey throughout the North Pole. The Polar Express was awarded the Caldecott Medal. #UCFLAE3414F19

katiehamlin The UDL I would use for this book is 3.1. Activate or supply background knowledge is important for this book because you can incorporate the culture of many different holidays. Students can talk about the holidays they celebrate while discussing Christmas, which is represented in this book. 3mo
katiehamlin The EL strategy you could use is 4. Linking the lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge is good for this because students can discuss their knowledge of Christmas and other holidays and traditions. Here is a link to a resource I would use for this that had a great lesson plan and activities. houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/thepolarexpress/tg/polar.shtml 3mo
kradebaugh Love love this book. I agree that I think it would be a great book for RA with kindergarten through 3rd but I think you could also use it with 4th or 5th grade. Only because I think that they can relate to the main character. 3mo
DrSpalding While this is not realistic fiction, this fantasy story should be shared many times over the next few weeks. Going straight to the publisher website is a wise choice for amazing extension ideas that go along with this award-winning book. I believe this book can be read to any grade level kindergarten through adulthood! 1mo
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“ a young boy lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical train to the North Pole“