The Polar Express {plus a lot more!}

Last week, we used The Polar Express as a starting point to most of our activities. We read the story Monday, then talked about what it meant to truly believe. Then, we talked about what we wanted Santa to bring us. We talked about how to write a letter and brainstormed some things we could ask for as a class in our model letter. Of course, the kids wanted an elf and new computers!! Since Santa is low in the tech budget, he sent us an elf! We named her Holly and the kids just love her!

After brainstorming and making a rough draft of our own letters, we put the finishing touches on our letters to Santa and attached them to this cute craft from Mrs. Cupcake {love her!}. I made sure to make a copy of our letters to mail to Santa!
{I want a jeep please. Can I have a truck too? I want a blow horn please. Merry Christmas.

I would like please a skylander and a book. Mom a necklace. Dad a 4wheeler. Merry Christmas.

In keeping with characters from The Polar Express, we talked about elves also. We discussed what we would do if we were elves and also read the story, The Littlest Elf to work on character traits. We made a cute little elf to hold our writing, inspired by Cara's elf from this post.

In Social Studies, we learned all about holiday traditions around the world. I adapted Caitlin's unit to fit with our Polar Express theme and we had a blast. In her pack, she includes a suitcase to hold information from each country, but we used train cars since we were traveling the polar express. I made a little cover for our book and they turned out great. Caitlin's unit is perfect if you don't have books for this theme because it includes a ton of informational pages you can use with the kids!

On Friday, we celebrated our week with a Polar Express day. The kids came in their pajamas, and we watched the movie while drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies. After the movie, I walked in our closet to find a special delivery from cold bells and ribbonsfrom the North Pole to make necklaces! I attached them to the tickets I made the kids {each family sent a word that described their child and I used it on their ticket - loved them!!} and the kids were so excited to take them home! We also got in a little math by graphing which marshmallow we liked best.

 You can get the graph here on google docs.
This week we're on to squeezing in lots of our favorite Christmas stories, getting t-shirts made, and making parent gifts. 4 more days!!


  1. Wow, so much fun going on in your class! I love your idea for the ticket. Thanks for sharing!


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