As you are wrapping up things prior to winter recess the story The Polar Express is a story that is easily integrated into thematic units relating to character education, transportation, polar region and/or the winter season. One way to differentiate the instruction is by having students listen to the story, read (or follow along with) the text, and see the pages of the book appear on the SMART Board while read by Chris Van Allsburg of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation at http://www.storylineonline.net/
Or download the complimentary SMART Notebook lesson from our Educator Resource Center.
Maybe even show the movie to your students as a holiday treat. Then when comparing and contrasting the two stories utilize this free SMART Notebook Jeopardy game file.
Here are a few additional interactive games and activities: