Saturday, December 1, 2012

Freebie on the First {and a little giveaway}!

Hey yall!
 
Can you believe that it is already December???
 
If you live in the south, its even harder to believe with this amazing weather. Today was a BEA-UTIFUL day with temps topping out at 70 degrees. Perfect day to get some Christmas decorations and a tree :)
 
Today I am linking up with Freebielicious for their Freebies on the First linky.
 

 
Raise your hand if you have a Polar Express day at your school.
 
That's what I thought.
 
Pretty much every elementary school (at least around here!) has some sort of Polar Express day in December. This little writing sheet is *perfect* to use that day to coordinate with the book OR the movie. Click on the picture below to get your copy!
 

 
And guess what else???
 
This little ol' blog has reached over 100,000 pageviews! Wha-hoo!
 
To celebrate, I will be giving away a copy of my All Aboard! The Polar Express Literacy Activities unit.
 

 
To enter, just leave me a comment below telling me what your class/school does to celebrate The Polar Express. I'll pick a winner Sunday night at 10 pm Eastern time.
 
Happy December, friends!


29 comments:

  1. We celebrate Polar Express Day during our Christmas Around the World week. We all come dressed in a pjs and slippers. After the morning announcements, we put our shoes outside our classroom and St. Nick delivers us a little present like the tradition in a few European countries... plus, we get a peek at Santa! We also read the book and enjoy fun activities all day long. At the end of the day, our PTA provides hot cocoa and we watch the movie.

    Love this freebie! Already downloaded and will be going into my file to use in a few weeks.

    mjhalbardier@gmail.com

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  2. We wear PJs, drink hot chocolate and open some gifts. I always buy them a book.
    tania
    My Second Sense

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  3. totally entering this giveaway! you of all people know how much i love the polar express considering how much fun we had with it last year :) this year we're doing polar express reading/math/and ela activities in the morning and then watching the movie with our yummy crockpot hot chocolate in the afternoon. miss you, natalie!

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  4. We have pajama day and read the book, watch the movie, have crock-pot cocoa and bags of popcorn. We do lots of related games and activities, too.

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  5. Hi! Our school doesn't to a Polar Express day, but I will be doing lots of Polar Express themed activities our last week before vacation. I've just started to plan it all out and I'd LOVE your unit - it looks awesome! So I have my fingers crossed :) I love the ideas of the previous posters. I'm going to do a search for crock pot cocoa right now! BTW thanks for the freebie!
    Laura
    Over the 1st Grade Rainbow

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  6. We read the story and do some literacy activities pertaining to The Polar Express and we end with the movie!

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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  7. We are not very original it sounds! PJ's hot cocoa and popcorn!

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  8. We read the story and do some literacy activities pertaining to The Polar Express and we end with the movie!

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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  9. We all dress in PJ's for the day. Our students think it is a hoot to see their teacher's in PJ's then we board the train with our ticket and getting ready for an exciting day of Polar Express. We re-read the book, as we focus on it all week I love http://www.storylineonline.net/ to share someone else reading. We sequence the events and then decide which gift they would choose if they were selected to pick the first gift of Christmas. We finish our day watching the movie and comparing the book to the movie. We sip hot chocolate and eat Popcorn. So much fun and great memories for the children

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  10. We wear pjs and read the book, then watch the movie. We compare and contrast the two. We have hot chocolate and candy canes

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  11. We all dress in PJ's for the day. Read the Polar Express, sequence the events in the story, write about the gift we would choose if we could pick the first gift of Christmas, and have hot chocolate with cookies.

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  12. We wear our pjs, make hot chocolate and watch the movie in "rows" like a train on our ActivBoard. We also have our own individual bells. Thank you so much for the freebie and a chance to win!

    Cindi
    ABSees123s@aol.com

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  13. We usually just read the book, watch the movie, and do center activities but i think ill be borrowing some of these great ideas that were shared this year!!
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  14. We don't have a polar express day. But, I am going to read the book to my class. I will have bells in the freezer in the office and have the office call and say we have a delivery from the North Pole. The bells will feel cold! I'm excited to do this!

    mondragondrea@gmail.com

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  15. We celebrate by having the kids wear their pajamas to school, read the book, watch the movie with hot chocolate and eat cookies. We also have some other activities to help celebrate the day! The kids love it!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  16. Our school does not have a polar express day, but If I win your fabulous unit I definitely will do one in my class ;) Thanks for the freebie. I'm also your newest follower! Can't wait to read your other posts! If you get a chance check out my blog too:
    kindergartenkidsatplay.blogspot.com

    kindergartenkidsatplay@gmail.com

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  18. We do a fun oil pastels art project that is always very popular.
    Your blog is great! I'm a follower. :)
    Corinna
    cwoita@aol.com
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

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  19. We watch the movie, eat popcorn and do a craft to go along with it.
    Lori
    lmoore1@neisd.net

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  20. We don't have a Polar Express day...but I think we are going to have to change this right away! I can start in my room if I am your lucky winner...fingers crossed!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  21. We watch the movie, have hot chocolate with candy canes and receive a bell ~ that rings!! :o) I could do more if I won your pack....... :O)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  22. My school doesn't have the Polar Express day, but I would love to start doing it in my room! Thank you for the download. I definitely can use it after reading my class the book. I'd be like pretty much everyone else and serve hot chocolate and cookies. I am anxious to try this in my room. Thanks!

    Kristen Breeding
    rykrbr@yahoo.com

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  23. Our grade level has a Polar Express day. We watch the video and allow the kids to wear PJ's, bring pillows, blankets, etc... Some years we have popcorn and chocolate milk for them (depends on the maturity level of the group). At the end of the movie, every student gets a 'bell' to take home so they can remember what Christmas is all about (believing)!

    Jessica Reinartz
    eickejn@gmail.com

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  24. We wear our pj's to school, watch the movie and drink hot chocolate. The kids love it!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  25. Sounds like we all have a similar day:) I also give the students a small silver bell as a "souvenir"

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  26. Forgot to leave my email in the comment above... jpowell@kinnschools.org

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  27. We do the same thing: PJ day, drink hot chocolate and read the story.

    gobstoppersrock@gmail.com

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

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  28. Hi! Love it!!! We do Polar Express the last week before the kids have break! We have hot cocoa w/ mini marshmallows and it is a PJ day for all of us! We print out tickets and use our hole punchers to punch it kind of like how Tom Hanks does it!! We also put a bell on a ribbon in their coat pockets or in their folders for them to find when they leave us!! Love Polar Express Day!!!

    Amy Kuti :)

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  29. This is my first year back in the elementary school! I am excited to work in a building where the whole school will be participating in Polar Express Activities!

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I LOVE reading your comments!!!

Natalie