We did it last year for the first time. OH my gosh my kids thought they were actually going ON the Polar Express and they were SO DISSAPOINTED when they found out they were going to see just the movie!!!! aww!!!
This year I am going to have them dress in PJs. We set it up on a big screen in an empty classroom. Each student got a ticket for the Polar Express, and I punched them as they came in the door. Then they sat on the floor and watched the movie. Afterwards we went back in our classrooms and I told them to sit in their chairs, and they found the bells!! (I had a teacher from another grade level put them on chairs during her prep) They were so excited!!
We spent that week doing literacy activities with the book. We read the story and made a story map. It was from a Mailbox book, and each part of a train was a part in the story map. They glued it on black paper and used chalk to draw a snowy scene.
I'm looking for any other literacy activities to go with the story too!