Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Polar Express Day!

On Friday, December 11 the Polar Express rolled into the Forestburg Grade One. This is possibly one of my favorite days of the whole year. I had my daughters transform the Art Room into a "train" before school started by arranging chairs in two rows like on a train. It was a surprise for the students when they read our morning message that this would be Polar Express Day. We got our tickets and headed to the "train". I, in my conductor's hat of course, punched the tickets as they boarded the train. Polar Express soundtrack is playing in the background. Our EA handed out hot cocoa to everyone as we boarded the train. I read the Polar Express and the kids enjoyed the hot cocoa. (Only 1 out of 28 spilled!) We also handed out "candies with nougat centres as white as snow". One child received the first gift of Christmas, a bell. All the students also received a bell as they got off the train at the end of the story. Then it was back to the classroom and we read and coloured a Polar Express story, "Winter Train, Winter Train", that is patterned after "Brown Bear Brown Bear". We did a Polar Express math activity and finished off the day by watching the movie "The Polar Express". I hope the kids had as much fun as me that day!

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