The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is about a boy who boards a mysterious train: The Polar Express bound for the North Pole. Once there, Santa offers the boy any gift he desires. The boy asks for one bell from the harness of a reindeer.On Christmas morning, the boy finds the bell under the tree. The boy's mother admires the bell, but laments that it is broken because she cannot hear it ring. Only believers can hear the bell ring.
Guided Reading: Level N
Extend learning about the polar regions with this lesson plan from National Geographic.
The Activity Idea Place offers a couple dozen language arts, art, and music ideas to help teach about animals of the polar regions.
Have a movie party with caramel nougat squares and hot chocolate.