Polar Express Math Activities

Polar Express Math Activities
Polar Express Math Activities

A couple years ago, I found myself strictly looking for Polar Express MATH activities. You see, I was teaching 4th grade, and my school decided that every single teacher had to do some sort of Polar Express Activity for their class. The only problem was, I taught 4th grade math to multiple classes all day.

After searching all over for the perfect Polar Express math activity for 4th grade, I was left empty handed. There were no activities geared toward just math, and most of the Polar Express activities were for primary students.

As a result, “The Polar Express Math Adventure” was born.

3 Polar Express Math ideas that can be easily implemented are listed below. These activities are perfect Polar Express activities for grades 3 – 5.

Create a personalized Polar Express ticket for each student.

1. REMEMBER – The teacher creates the excitement.

It can be tempting to try to make every single activity apart of our theme. As a result, you may spend time & money printing off activities that aren’t necessarily educational OR fun.

First, the most important thing to remember is that YOU create the excitement! While it can be hard to find activities that align, the easiest way to make things fun is to BE the fun, so to speak!

Here are some Polar Express ideas that require no pencil or paper.

Use these fun, FREE Polar Express “Build It” Cards to incorporate Polar Express Math Activities.

2. Think outside the box.

Let’s remember, it is Polar Express day in your math class! Have fun and think outside the box. Polar Express math activities don’t always have to be so “structured” so to speak.

Have you used STEM bins? Kids love becoming engineers to create different structures. Why not allow them to do that with a Polar Express math theme?

First, the kiddos are given random math manipulatives to explore. Next, they use “build it” cards to construct different Polar Express themed tasks. The kids love it, and it brings some Polar Express Math fun into the classroom!

Polar Express Math Build It Cards

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Polar Express Math Activity

3. Go on a Polar Express Math Adventure!

Students should be learning and having fun at the same time. It is possible!

To learn more about the Polar Express Math Adventure, take a look at this short video where you will see how students use their math skills while they take an adventure to the North Pole via the Polar Express!

Put on your PJs, and grab a friend. Your ride on the Polar Express is about to begin. You are going to the North Pole!

You can bring some Polar Express math excitement for your students by using the link below!

CLICK HERE to download the Polar Express Math Adventure!

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Stephanie Nash

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  1. Hello I was trying to access these cards, but could not find them in “the vault”?


    1. Hey there!! I just checked and you are absolutely correct. They were removed for some strange reason. (Definitely unintentional). — I have added those back for you. Please login again, and you can find them at the bottom of the page. Thanks so much for reaching out so I can get it fixed for you!

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