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The Polar Express and Christmas Fun!

By Erin Klein on December 10, 2013
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

In second grade, we host a holiday celebration where families come in to participate in a mini-workshop and share their holiday traditions with our grade-level friends. The children are thrilled to have their loved ones explain the rich family traditions that they hold dear. As a teacher, I continue to learn so much from the variety of cultures we have within our school. I enjoy hearing the children draw natural similarities between their traditions and the traditions of their friends. My next post will highlight these workshops along with the ones the teachers share.

As a part of our Christmas sharing, we take part in reading The Polar Express and doing a few winter activities. The children always enjoy this book and get involved in such interesting conversations around the themes within the story. 

 

The Polar Express

Writing Fun

This writing packet includes a week's worth of creative writing activities that go with The Polar Express. The packet contains the following:

Download (for free) this Polar Express Writing Unit!

I love using The Polar Party Pack for all sorts of printable fun. We distribute a ticket to each child. (They love receiving their pass for the train ride!) That morning, I place a coloring page on each child's desk. They're always so excited for school this day, and the coloring page is simple and calming. I also put one of the recipe cards in each student's mailbox to take home too. There are 21 total pages, including music sheets with song lyrics to enjoy!

Party Pack

Download The Polar Party Pack

 

Holiday Door Decorations 

Holiday or Winter Theme

Our parents are wonderful about helping out in the classroom. They are also very creative. Each holiday, parents come to help decorate either the interior of our rooms or the entrance around the door. Sometimes they do both!  

After school, a few parents stop by the classroom to set up and decorate. The children absolutely love seeing the creative surprise when they arrive to school the following day. Below are a few photos of our second grade doors.

You can click here to see these doors up close.

 

My Favorite Winter Craft

Door Stopper Snowman

 

Personalized Santa Letters

A Magical Greeting

Magic Santa allows your child to receive a personalized video greeting!

This is by far the coolest site for personalized letters that I have seen. Each year, Santa sends my children a special letter. He knows where they live, too! It's so magical seeing him talk to your child, pull the card out from his filing cabinet, and see a magical ornament appear right before your very eyes.  

In the classroom, you could do one or two children per day. This could be a special part of the day where every child gets highlighted and receives a personalized greeting. I've also included the link to this site in parent newsletters so that families can join in on the fun!

Make your own personalized Santa letter!

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Be sure to check back next week where I'll highlight other holiday traditions!  Happy Holidays!

 

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Comments (2)

Hi Erica,

It is a Google Doc. I've saved the file as a public document. It should be accessible. If you are still having issues, feel free to contact me here: http://www.kleinspiration.com/p/contact-me.html and I can email you the file.

Thanks,

Erin

I can't get the polar express document to open

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