Polar Express Unit for Special Ed for google classroom | Distance learning

Total Pages: 62 plus google slides
File Size: 4 MB



This Polar Express unit was developed for students with autism and special learning needs. There are a lot of Polar Express products out there. This one is specifically made to be engaging and help students make personal and authentic connections to the content of the story. The Polar Express activities allow for a lot of repetition of the material and many chances for students to become familiar with the material in this story. There is a brief non-fiction study on the Arctic that helps students better understand the setting of the story. Finally, there is a social story on when things get lost and what to do when that happens.

***NEW: I made digital versions of all the activities in this unit plus a video of the book read aloud. Perfect for distance learning or social distancing in the classroom.

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Polar Express Unit Includes:

  • 30 google slides (including differentiated versions)
  • Vocabulary board
  • Transportation sorting activity
  • Time telling circle map
  • Main events sequencing
  • Comprehension check
  • The Arctic non-fiction story
  • Arctic circle map (also in movie format)
  • I Lost It social story with photos (also in movie format)
  • I Lost it BW booklet

Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.

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I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future. .