Hi! It’s Wednesday, December 4, 2013 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.
Age Range: 6-10 (give or take a year or two, with parental supervision)
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.
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.
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.