We are reading the book The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Our teacher reads two pages of the book to us each day. We are enjoying the story but Alfie and Dylan think it’s too short as they are enjoying it so much!
We have done lots of tasks using The Polar Express. Firstly, using only the information on the front and back covers of the book, we had to predict what we thought might happen in the story. Some of us found this task a little tricky but others had already watched the film so we knew what happens! The task made us think about the story and made it memorable.
Once we had started reading the book, we had to write a profile about the main character who is a little boy. We had to remember the detail in the book so we could write about the boy. We used past tense and a range of conjunctions – words to put sentences together, for example ‘although’.
We copied a piece of badly written text into our books and then had to correct it. This is called proof reading which means you have to carefully check for spellings and mistakes.
We wrote a diary entry in our books imagining we were on the Polar Express train. We used the basic story to help us write our diary entries but wrote it from our own view of the story. We had to think of adjectives and similes for Miss Gomm to write on the board to share with others. We focussed on our five senses – smell, touch, taste, sight and hearing – in order to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. This really made us think about the story and how to write an interesting story.
Click on the images below to see some of the work we have done so far:
We are looking forward to reading the end of the story to find out what happens next, but we will be sad when it comes to an end because we love the story!
By Amelia, Dylan, Phoebe and Alfie