The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Lesson plans and teaching resources

The Polar Express
Scroll down on this page to find a variety of activities to support the book, including handouts, vocabulary, song lyrics, and other literacy and cross-curricular activities.

The Polar Express
Ideas for using the book in kindergarten.

The Polar Express
Printable train shapes marked "beginning," "middle," and "end." Four pages, Adobe Reader required for access.

The Polar Express: Math Activities
10 story problems related to the book.

Story Map with The Polar Express
This suggestion combines literacy with a craft activity.

Take The Polar Express to Learning
Five activities: a reading log, 2 puzzles, a craft, and a recipe. Requires Adobe Reader for access.

A Teacher's Guide to The Polar Express
Summary, teaching ideas (including discussion questions and a lesson on simile and metaphor), ideas for differentiation, and more. This 4-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

Word Search: The Polar Express
Language practice in shaped puzzle form. Two pages, includes answers. Adobe Reader required for access.



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