Polar Express

 

I LOVE The Polar Express!  I think I may have said that before.  🙂

When I was first introduced to The Polar Express, I generally just planned one fun day for my students. While we did discuss the book, I didn’t encourage my students to dig in and think deeply, or require much real work that day.

Over time, I started doing a complete Polar Express unit that I would teach for for about a week.  

I wanted it to be fun, but more importantly, I wanted my kiddos to really think, write, and learn.

Because I am such a “writing person” at heart and I LOVE journaling, I created a mini-journal that reflects on some of the deeper understandings of the book.

The Polar Express journal kit is so cute!  It even has labeled tabs.  

When I created my Polar Express Reflection Journal, I had a vast array of learning abilities in my classroom…just like most classrooms.

I created two sets of reflection journals so that I could meet the needs of all of my students.  One journal is what I refer to as basic, and the other journal is a bit more advanced.

FREE Polar Express reflection journal topics that are sure to get your kids writing. TeacherKarma.com


Here are The Polar Express basic reflection journal prompts:

  • My favorite part of The Polar Express is…
  • The boy could ask Santa for anything, why do you think he chose a bell?
  • If I could choose the first gift of Christmas, I would choose…
  • If you could go on your own magical journey, where would you go?  Why?
  • I believe…
 
The advanced reflection journal uses some of the same prompts, and then adds in a few more advanced ones:
  • What connections did you make to The Polar Express?
  • What is The Polar Express mainly about?
  • Chris Van Allsburg probably wrote The Polar Express to…
  • The boy could ask Santa for anything, why do you think he chose a bell?
  • If you could go on your own magical journey, where would you go?  Why?
 
I know that not everyone will have time to make, or even have their kiddos make reflection journals, so I also included a sweet little Polar Express writing paper in your FREEBIE.
 
FREE Polar Express reflection journal topics and writing paper that are sure to get your kids writing. TeacherKarma.com
 

At the top of the writing paper, I just wrote Polar Express, that way you could use it with any of the prompts.

If you are interested in creating your own reflection journals, you could use some of the following materials:

  • folded manila or white paper
  • take several sheets of notebook paper and staple a manila paper to the front and back to make a cover
  • use a spiral notebook {have kids decorate the cover}
  • use a composition book 
 
The Polar Express Reflection Journal ~ Writing FUN! TeacherKarma.com
 
While it is super easy for you to create your own, and you don’t need to buy anything to create these Polar Express reflection journals, I am going to give you the link to my product, in case you are short on time.  Keep reading ~ FREEBIE below.  🙂
 
The Polar Express Reflection Journal ~ Writing FUN! TeacherKarma.com
 
In my full-product download, I also have five different covers for you to choose from…I LOVE lots of options.  If you look below, you will see all of the versions: boy version, train version, bell version, ticket version, and the journal style version. Click here or on the graphic below to see more of The Polar Express Reflection Journal.
 
The Polar Express Reflection Journal ~ Writing FUN! TeacherKarma.com
 
Thank you so much for visiting Teacher Karma.  Here is the link to your FREE Polar Express ~ Journal Reflection Topics.
 
I would LOVE to hear how you create journals or writing inspirations with your kiddos!
 
Best wishes!

Jen

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