Monday, December 21, 2009

Polar Express Week

This week we had a Polar Express Day. We wore our pajamas to school and Mrs. Oliver read The Polar Express to us in the library. In our classroom, we made a train with our chairs and watched the story of The Polar Express narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips on Storybookonline sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild.Then we drank chocolate milk with whipped cream and sprinkles and ate cookies. Afterward, we brainstormed a list of things the Polar Express train could have seen on the way to the North Pole. Then we made construction paper trains, painted them with white snow, and glued the words to our sentences on in the order.

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We had a class picture taken and Mrs. Yancey made trains for all of us to take home.

We read the New York version of the gingerbread man and made a gingerbread man glyph.
The gingerbread man glyph key:
The buttons = how old you are
The white rick rack = you are a girl
The green rick rack = you are a boy
Red stripes = you like to eat gingerbread cookies
Yellow stripes = you do not like to eat gingerbread cookies
The color of the buttons = your favorite color

We read the book The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett. Then we focused on the story elements of problem and solution. We worked together, at our tables, to make large reindeer.


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