The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg


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This well-loved story takes us on a train ride to the North Pole where together, with a young boy, we discover the magic of Christmas and the power of belief. The Polar Express is a classic holiday tale filled with strategy instruction possibilities. 

Possible strategy instruction:


  • Ask questions throughout the reading process.
  • Recognize literary elements (genre, plot, character, setting, problem/resolution, theme).


  • Do the pictures and/or words look right? Do they sound right? Do they make sense?


  • Read text as the author would say it, conveying the meaning or feeling.

Expand Vocabulary

  • Use dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries as tools.
  • Use word parts to determine the meaning of words (prefixes, suffixes, origins, abbreviations, etc.).


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