Harry Wong
Jan 2017
Vol 14 No 1

Polar Express Theme Lessons, Activities

By Teachers.Net Community

All aboard! for some terrific ideas you can use to accompany this classic story! Add your ideas in the Comments section following the article, and be sure to click on the Facebook and Twitter widgets to share this terrific material with friends!

Polar Express Reader’s Theater – all the work is done for you!

From the Teachers.Net mailrings:

Thanks to Cathy for sharing these links to Polar Express activities and ideas:


Jo Anna wrote:

Every year, I have my students make candy train engines like the one from the following website:–a-candy-craft.html#


From Lanise:
[Polar Express] was a favorite of mine in the classroom – it was a family tradition to have my husband come in and read it. I have a page on my website about it…I just checked all links – a couple aren’t up and running, but most are, and I think they could inspire you. Let me know if they are useful…here’s the link…


Josie Whitehead of Josie’s Poems wrote:
I’m not sure what Polar Express Day is, but, as a teacher and a children’s poet, can I recommend to you all that you might like the two poems I’ve written for a day about the cold polar regions:
JOSIE’S POEMS – The Winter Picnic – a lovely poem about Winter and his best friend Ice who choose a cold snowy field for a picnic together. Next to the river, they are able to swim in the freezing cold water which makes them both laugh and shiver etc. Your younger children will absolutely love this poem which I wrote for children at my local school – 6 year olds.

The other poem is this one: The Ice Queen – This beautiful queen lives in an ice palace in the polar region somewhere, but she has a wonderful palace made of Vanilla Ice Cream and she rides in a golden coach – well a golden sledge/coach I would say – and she shares her wonderful world with the creatures who live there, including her best friend Penguin who loves living in this place – – – but in this wonderful world, do you think she is happy? No. Not at all. She longs for something quite different. I am sure your children will love these poems and please please please, if you can recommend my website and all the work I’ve done both writing 900 poems in the last 5 years, making the websites and the hardest thing is telling the teachers – – – – well, I’d be so grateful for the children love these poems, and yours will also. They are there for you to freely use and recommend – – – and please do come and say hello in the guestbook and tell me where you are from and did your children like my poems?

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg website
has games and activities, more resources!


The Polar Express online game (free)


The Polar Express Ticket Game (online, free)


Here Comes the Train (music, young children)


Comment on this article...

Next Article...
This entry was posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2011 and is filed under *ISSUES, December 2011, Teachers.Net Community. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.8 No.12 December 2011

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
The Importance of Culture
What results would you expect if you had over $15 billion to spend to effect change?

Cover Story by Bill Page
If You're Gonna Be a Camel, Ya Gotta Have a Hump
I failed in the very essence of my job: my teaching didn't get through to kids' heads....

»Coaching the Urban Educator - Positive Self-Talk: Your Personal Guidance CounselorAndrea Cleveland
»CancerQuest: Cancer Education CurriculumNews Desk
»12 Ways to Ensure an Effective LectureSusan Fitzell
»Featured Lessons, Crafts, Activities for DecemberTeachers.Net Resources
»Apple Seed Quotes for EducatorsBarb Stutesman
»Flash Tutorials for Biological SciencesNews Desk
»Bacon-Wrapped DatesTeachers.Net Community
»Characteristics of a Truly Great PrincipalTeachers.Net Community
»Polar Express Theme Lessons, ActivitiesTeachers.Net Community
»Light On A Snowy Day - A Story for ChildrenArtie Knapp
»New Book "The You We Adore" Celebrates Adoptive LoveNews Desk
»Printables Created by PreK-12 Teachers - FREETeachers.Net Community
»5 Web Sites for Busy EducatorsMarjan Glavac
»Engagement Beyond the ClassroomDr. Brad Johnson & Tammy Maxson McElroy
»Lost Libyan Cities Discovered After Gadhafi - New Archaeological Discovery Attracts International Attention (Resources)News Desk
»Harm Reduction - Realistic Approach To Addictions?Robert Rose
»If You’re Gonna Be a Camel, YaGotta Have a Hump; But, Nobody Says You’ve Gotta Be a Camel.Bill Page
»Into the Woods: Kindergarten Play a Reminder that Every Day of School is an Epic JourneyTodd Nelson
»Learning Centers with a Christmas Theme - Karen's PreK PageKaren Cox
»December is... Special Days this MonthRon Victoria
»If Teachers Cannot Connect to Themselves, They Will Not Connect With Students!Howard Seeman, Ph.D.
»Best Butter Cookies Ever - Shared by MagooTeachers.Net Community
»Learning the Value of DiversityLeah Davies
»Draw a Winter SnowfallTim Newlin
»Christmas Dreams - Original Song by Tim NewlinTim Newlin
»Smackdown: Pangrelor vs. Middle Earth by Robert Louis Smith, Author of Antiquitas Lost: The Last of the ShamalansNews Desk
»Work Refusers: Remedies That WorkRuth Herman Wells
»Labels, Toxic Psychiatry, Empathic TherapyRobert Rose
»Let's Get Our Priorities in OrderAnita Swigart

By State
AL   AK   AZ   AR   CA   CO   CT   DE   DC   FL   GA   HI   ID   IL   IN   IA   KS   KY   LA    ME   MD   MA   MI   MN   MS   MO   MT   NE   NV   NH   NJ   NM   NY   NC   ND   OH   OK   OR   PA   RI   SC   SD   TN   TX   UT   VT     VA   WA   WV   WI   WY