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
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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