The Polar Express and Christmas Fun!
- 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
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!
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!
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Be sure to check back next week where I'll highlight other holiday traditions! Happy Holidays!