Thursday, November 27, 2014

"The Polar Express" Week Long Unit

I LOVE "The Polar Express" book by Chris Van Allsburg!  I created this unit about two years ago but still look forward to using it the week before we leave for Christmas break.  At the end of the week my students receive a special delivery from somewhere cold...At least the package is cold and the students LOVE the contents of the package!

The week long unit is linked to common core standards for 3rd grade and contains essential questions as well. Graphic organizers are included for Frayer Model vocabulary, story map, character traits, cause/effect, and compare/contrast. Other items included are a Reader's Theater copy of the story for five readers, story sequencing, and comprehension questions. In addition to the full color copies, there are black outline border pages.

I also created interactive white board files using both ActivInspire (Promethean) and SMART Notebook software.  The ActivInspire file includes a quiz that can be used with student response devices such as ActivEngage or ActiVote.  All three items are available in my tpt store.
Happy Holidays!