Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Polar Express Winter Fun!

common core activities for The Polar Express

It doesn't feel much like winter where I live!  We've been having 70 degree temperatures the past few days.  Not normal for December!  But even though the weather is weird, we are ready for some winter fun!

I don't know about you, but even when I am doing something fun with my kids, I need it to be common core.  That is just the way it is- lots to cover and not enough time to get it all in.  

How about covering the common core in a fun way that allows the students to be creative while learning?  

Polar Express Activities

The shape train allows you to cover shapes, no matter the size and how they are turned and counting objects.  But they get to be creative while doing it!  There is also a Christmas picture they get to create by decorating their tree with ornaments and decorating the background.  Students practice counting and recording the number with this activity too.

I included two writing activities that are aligned with common core standards.  After reading The Polar Express and discussing with students how  they could go about picking who gets the first gift, they get to write about it.  They pick who they think deserves to get the first gift and provide the reason why- argument or opinion writing.

Students also get to write their letters to Santa, but they don't get to just list all the things they want.  They get to pick one thing and then they must provide a reason why they need this gift.  Good for common core writing and a good thing for them to think about rather than just asking for more and more.  :)  Then you can bind the letters to Santa into a class book.  What fun to read!  Sure to be a favorite book of the class!

Polar Express Writing Activities

There are some other activities like a syllable sort and a Santa Is...Can...Has too.  One thing I did include just for fun is Snowman Soup!!  You get bag toppers and poem cards for inside the baggies.  You fill them with hot chocolate packs, mini marshmallows, and a candy cane.  They are sure to please!!

Polar Express Activities

Polar Express activities

Click here if you are interested in this winter fun pack!  Thanks for reading and here is hoping for some winter fun!!

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