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The Polar Express
The Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg
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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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kezzlou85
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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 🚂 5d
kezzlou85 @veritysalter it's so much fun. My girls loved it even the oldest one. 5d
Slajaunie Love that movie! We do it every year in my class. Pjs and hot coco!!! 5d
kezzlou85 @Slajaunie oh what a lovely idea. ❤ 5d
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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. 1w
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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. 1w
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) 1w
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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. 2w
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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. 1mo
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 1mo
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. 1mo
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Juliafass
The Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg

“ a young boy lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical train to the North Pole“

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Juliafass
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I love the use of colors to portray night time.

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Juliafass
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The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and was the 1986 Caldecott award winner. This is one of those books that defines what it is to be a classic. One of my personal favorites and must read around the holiday times. Between the magical storyline line and the gorgeous illustrations you cannot help but fall in love with this story. I love the use of dark colors and how there is not that much white on the page to set the tone of night time.

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TristanPool
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The F picture book, The Polar Express, is a holiday classic - going from the perspective of a young boy holding on tightly to his lively spirit with the most special gift of all from the jolly man himself! Winning the Gold Caldecott Award, this book would make an excellent addition to a classroom library and could be told through an AS. #UCFLAE3414F19

TristanPool Link: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/polar-express-... is a great resource to use when planning out an author study and or a fun winter read aloud for students in the PreK-2 grades. 1mo
TristanPool UDL 5.2 use multiple tools for construction and comprehension with EL 8 use direction instruction is perfect with the Lesson Plan provided as the teacher is able to dive deep to ensure success among students as they step into the shoes of author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg and retell his story in the form of words or video formats. 1mo
Tinks I love, love, love this movie. However, I have yet to have the pleasure in reading the book. My daughters and I make it a tradition to watch it every holiday and then some... I think you did a great job in your post. 1mo
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Camrynm
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The Polar Express written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg is a wonderful RF PB, Caldecott Medal winner, that could be used for S in an elementary classroom. A young boy embarks on an unforgettable train ride to the North Pole where he discovers new friendships and realizes that you should always believe. The Polar Express is an incredible book for children to read to learn about the real Christmas spirit and to always believe. #UCFLAE3414F19

Camrynm This wonderful PB could be perfect for storytelling in your K-2 classrooms. The UDL principle I would use would be 2.3 and I would decode the complex phrases in the book that Allsburg uses for the children. The EL strategy I would use would be number 20 and I would write down the complex words and phrases that we will be reading so that the kids can have a visual aid of their definitions. 1mo
Camrynm This lesson plan is perfect for PreK-2nd grade classrooms. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/polar-express-... 1mo
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KristenScala
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The polar express is one of my favorite book‘s to read during the holiday season! It was written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, who won a Caldecott for this MF PB. The story is about a boy who does not believe in the spirit of Christmas, that is until he ends up on a train traveling to the North Pole. This book would be a great RA to do in the month of December. #ucflae3414f19

KristenScala UDL strategy 5.1 would be perfect to use for this book, after reading you could show students the movie. EL strategy 21 could be used for this book, record yourself with an audiotape during the RA so students can listen to it at their own pace for clarification.

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/polar-express-...
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Lrobertson I have always wanted to read this book to my students before Christmas break, and then watch the movie, showing students' books and movies are not always precisely the same. Plus, both are great!!! UDL 5.1 is excellent for this book/ movie combo. And your website provided a great lesson for this text. 1mo
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mack2799
Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg

“I shook the bell. It made the most beautiful sound my sister and I had ever heard. But my mom said 'Oh, that's too bad.' 'Yes' said my father, 'It's broken.' When I'd shaken the bell, my parents had not heard a sound.“

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mack2799
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This picture book contains a wrap around cover with warm welcoming and inviting pictures that attract kids to read it. The colors are contrasted between light and dark and show us different scenes in different ways to give off a better idea of what they might be talking about. Its contains a good plot and leads up to one big moment all of us are excited and waiting to see!

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mack2799
Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg

I've always loved this book growing up as a child and found it entertaining right around Christmas! I think kids would enjoy the fiction it provides while still having it relate well to them.

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Clairedannemiller
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“A silver bell. And there was a note, found this note on my sleigh. Fix that hole”

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Clairedannemiller
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This book would be great for all of elementary. It's a classic story that most kids know if they celebrate Christmas. Its a very entertaining book for kids to listen to with great pictures to keep them entertained.

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Clairedannemiller
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This book won a Caldecott medal. It‘s a very good story for the Christmas time. It‘s such a creative story and great for kids. Sends a good message on why kids should believe in Santa.

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em_lemo
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This is one of my absolute favorite books(pub.1985). Caldecott winner, and for good reason. This book brings great message to reader, but also good description and visualization throughout.
The setting and illustrations are beautiful. The illustrations are far from simple. The descriptions of the places the kids go have enough to visualize their own mountains and trains.
“We climbed mountains so high it seemed as if we would scrape the moon.“

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meganslats
The Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg

“What I wanted more than anything was one silver bell from Santa's sleigh.“

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meganslats
The Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg

I would use this in my classroom during the holiday season. Especially to young children, it helps them to believe in Santa Claus and a mysterious journey to the North Pole. The illustrations are unique and like none other.

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meganslats
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I highly recommend reading The Polar Express to young children in a classroom. It is very “festive“ for the holiday season, and really helps children with the thought of Santa. The Polar Express's illustration is simply beautiful. The author's illustrations suggest a mysterious world.

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Kyle Donahue
The Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg

“When I shook the bell, my parents had not heard a sound“ This quote shows that his parents had lost their belief in Santa.

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Kyle Donahue
The Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg

This books is perfect for any age around the time of Christmas. I loved this book as a child and still do to this day!

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Kyle Donahue
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Caldecott Medal Book. This Christmas book is wonderfully written. It perfectly shows the imagination of every child during Christmas. Everyone wants to meet Santa and this books shows their dreams of meeting him.