The Polar Express

December 16th, 2009 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, December 16, 2009 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. I thought it would be fun to explore some sites that encourage learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.

Recommended Websites:

Age Range: 6-10 (give or take a year or two)

Chris Van Allsburg
http://www.chrisvanallsburg.com/polarexpress.html

The author’s website offers an overview of the book and samples of the outstanding illustrations that earned a Caldecott Medal. You can also read the author’s bio, see a timeline of his work, and access resources and interactives themed around his books.

A Teacher’s Guide: The Polar Express
http://www.homefires.com/click?polarexpress

This site provides ideas to extend learning using the book. It includes guided questions for a book discussion and explores similes and metaphors in the story. It also includes some “just for fun” story starters that could be used to spark creative writing.

Polar Express: Games, Activities & Recipes
http://www.polarexpress.com/games-fun

This website offers coloring pages and craft ideas along with a downloadable/printable crossword, word search, and maze. Try the recipes for cookies and enjoy them with hot cocoa.

~ Click’n’Learn ~

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