Thursday, November 29, 2018

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Polar Express Journal Topics and Writing Paper ~ Christmas”

by Teacher Karma
Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Polar Express Reflective Journal Prompts and Writing Paper FREEBIE was designed to inspire your students to get excited about writing and have a little fun at the same time. Christmas writing FUN!


**This freebie is part of a full-product download. If you are interested in taking a look at the full-product Polar Express Reflection Journal Kit, please click below, or keep reading to find out more information:**

The Polar Express Reflection Journal Kit {basic and advanced versions included}

Polar Express Reflection Journal is an interactive writing journal that will inspire your students to have fun, reflect on the story, and practice important writing skills at the same time.

You will find differentiating for your students a snap with this writing kit. I included a journal that is on a basic level, and another journal with more advanced prompts. These journals will work for many grade level.

Your students will have the opportunity to practice the following writing skills:

*Idea development
*Organize ideas
*State an opinion
*Include details to describe thoughts and feelings
*Focus on a topic
*Demonstrate command of writing conventions
*Demonstrate vocabulary knowledge

**Students will also work on Comprehension skills:

*Main idea
*Making connections
*Author's purpose


Included in this download:

*5 different journal covers to choose from:
~Boy from story version
~Polar Express train version
~Bell version
~Ticket version
~Journal style version
*Polar Express Reflection Journal Writing Checklist
*Mini Journals are 7 pages long, but only use 4 sheets of paper
*Book mark template
*Book mark student handout
*Journal pages include a place to add writing, illustrations, and labeled tabs
*Writing topics included on the basic journal:
~My favorite part of The Polar Express is...
~The boy could ask Santa for anything. Why do you think he chose a bell?
~For the first gift of Christmas, I would choose...
~If you could go on your own magical journey, where would you go? Why?
~I believe...
~Write about something that is very special to you.
*Writing topics included on the advanced journal:
~What connections did you make to the boy in the story?
~If you could go on your own magical journey, where would you go? Why?
~What is The Polar Express mainly about?
~For the first gift of Christmas, I would choose __ because...
~Chris Van Allsburg probably wrote The Polar Express to...
~Open prompts
*Teacher tips


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