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kgarzon
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Author/Illustrator: Brian Floca

This NF picture book is an exceptional illustrated story that follows a family heading West on the brand new transcontinental railroad, describing every step of the journey in an informative and expressively fun way. It'd be good to use for an IR, as there is a lot happening on the pages so the student should be able to decipher the text and analyze the award-winning illustrations at their leisure.

kgarzon Caldecott, Silbert Honor, Orbis Pictus Honor

https://www.rif.org/sites/default/files/Support_Materials/Locomotive-Curriculum-... This resource suggests a great way to use the book to actively see how words, illustrations, and maps work together to provide ample background knowledge in the front endpapers and general information throughout the book.
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kgarzon EL Strategy 23: Structure advance organizers consisting for new terminology that learners will encounter in the new lesson vocabulary to be reviewed.

UDL Principle 3.1: Activate or supply background knowledge; 1.3 Offer alternatives for visual information (using the front endpapers to get a better grasp on the history of the locomotive/transcontinental railroad).
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kradebaugh I love your review. This looks like a very interesting book. This looks like one I would like to add to my library. 2d
AleciaM This looks like a great book. Website for the teacher resources is really good, 2d
haleyklein This looks like a great book! Thank you for the share and insight on how to use this in a classroom! 2d
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KevinKantola
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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. 2d
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Jgolub13
The Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg
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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. 2d
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) 2d
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Mwinship
Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg
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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. 6d
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rachelm
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My little #bear is old enough to climb on the little engine! Hard to believe he‘s big enough for this already...

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