The Polar Express Activities

Embark on a whimsical educational journey with The Polar Express activities! This treasure trove of engaging exercises bolsters literacy and math skills, turning learning into an adventure. From story sequencing to math puzzles, each activity is designed to captivate and inspire young minds. Get ready to transform your classroom into a magical world of learning and discovery! 

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56 pages

Grades PreK-5


All aboard for a magical journey with The Polar Express activities! With this downloadable delight, you’ll find a whole host of enchanting activities to go along with the beloved book, The Polar Express. Transform your classroom into a winter wonderland of learning, where literacy and math skills chug along in harmony.

Young readers will explore key story elements through illustrating key moments, sequencing, and exploring rich story vocabulary. In addition, they will match rhyming pairs, respond to reading and writing prompts, and write story sentences. They will step further into reading and writing with each learning activity.

The journey doesn’t end there! Our pack is a treasure trove of math activities, too. By matching numbers from 0-20 and solving addition and subtraction problems within 10, 20, 100, and even 1,000, learners will gain hands-on experience with numbers. They’ll also navigate the challenges of regrouping and dive into multiplying single and double-digit numbers. Their math feast will also include a sprinkle of fractions.

As a twist of fun, they’ll piece together tangram puzzles to improve their fine motor skills. This pack provides digital tools to enhance reading comprehension and social skills activities to promote group interaction.

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • Illustrate story elements.
  • Match rhyming pairs.
  • Sequence the story.
  • Write sentences with story vocabulary.
  • Complete a story map.
  • Match figurative language.
  • Draw and define story vocabulary.
  • Apply Writing Skills with included writing templates and prompts.
  • Practice Reading Comprehension with included discussion questions for beginning, middle, and end of the book.
  • Engage in Social Skills with included whole group prompts and activities.
  • Develop Fine Motor Skills with included coloring, tracing, cutting, and gluing activities.
  • Complete a tangram puzzle.
  • Match numbers 0-20.
  • Add and subtract within 10, 20, 100, and 1,000.
  • Add and subtract with regrouping.
  • Multiply single and double digit numbers.
  • Add fractions.
  • Use digital tools to practice and assess reading comprehension.

Get ready to embark on a journey of academic excellence and a love of learning with every turn of the page and every number crunched! Grab your ticket to educational excitement and download this fantastic pack today – it’s the perfect express route to making learning a joyous and jolly journey!

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About the Book

On Christmas Eve, a young boy lies awake in bed and is greeted by a magical train to the North Pole. Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a barren desert of ice, The Polar Express makes its way to the huge city standing alone at the top of the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. For millions of readers around the world, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved Christmas classic. 

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