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The Polar Express

This page features a variety of printable activities and worksheets to use with the book The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Games, crafts, and more activities encourage students to get to know this Christmas classic.

Polar Express Picture Book Worksheets

Puzzles

Words are hidden vertically and horizontally in this fun word search. Words include: North Pole, Santa, snow, ticket, and more!
1st through 3rd Grades
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Unscramble these words related to the story of The Polar Express.
3rd through 6th Grades

Cut and Glue Activities

Students can put their matching skills to the test with this activity. They'll cut the words from the bottom of the page and glue them under the matching pictures. Words include: reindeer, elf, Santa, bell, ticket, and train.
Pre-K through 1st Grade
Color a picture of a train. Then cut and glue the words to make a sentence that has to do with The Polar Express. Write the sentence too!
Pre-K through 1st Grade
Students can color and cut out cards with pictures of key terms from The Polar Express. Then they can attach them to the page to make a reading flip book.
Pre-K through 1st Grade
Students can cut out words and arrange them into sentences. Then they can practice their writing skills by writing the sentences on the provided lined paper.
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade

Parent Note

This note can be sent home to parents to let them know that their child read The Polar Express in class. It reads: "Today in class we read The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Ask me to tell you what happened when the Polar Express train traveled to the North Pole."
Pre-K through 2nd Grade

Games

Use these pairs of cards to play a memory game in which students match objects from The Polar Express. Objects on the cards include a train ticket, a bell, and a Christmas tree.
Pre-K through 1st Grade

Worksheets

Match the pictures to the vocabulary words they show. Words include: train, bell, Santa, and more!
Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Coloring Pages

Color this picture of the train conductor checking his watch.
Pre-K through 3rd Grade
Color this picture of Santa!
Pre-K through 3rd Grade
Color this picture of the Polar Express.
Pre-K through 3rd Grade

Pocket Chart
Word Wall

Discuss these vocabulary words from The Polar Express with your class. The word strips fit perfectly in a pocket chart, or you can hang them on your classroom's word wall.
Pre-K through 1st Grade
See also:
Picture Book Literacy Units

Check out our picture book literacy units. Titles include If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, and many more!

Christmas Worksheets

We have hundreds of Christmas worksheets. Check out our holiday math worksheets, reading comprehension passages, coloring pages, and so much more!

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Polar Express - Word Search Puzzle

Polar Express - Make Sentences Activity

Polar Express - Matching Activity

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