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Christmas Book Club: The Polar Express and Hot Cocoa Mix

A GREAT class for celebrating the Christmas season, we’ll play games, explore the highlights of Chris Van Allsburg’s famous book, The Polar Express, and then make big batch of homemade Hot Cocoa Mix - great for drinking or for gifting!
Tessa Hall | 1st First Grade | Reading | Tutoring
14 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 10 learners
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45 minute class

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Besides cultivating social skills, learners will also develop the ability to identify setting, to examine characters, to explore plot, and to draw conclusions about possible themes of fictional literature. In addition, students will have opportunities to share their ideas and opinions, and become more confident in their ability to provide text evidence when doing so. Students will gain experience following a recipe, measuring, mixing, and safely heating water in a microwave.
Teaching learners to analyze literature has been one of my greatest joys for a couple of decades. Not only that, but tying literature in with a recipe has always been something my students enjoyed with me. I look forward to experiencing The Polar Express and a little recipe mixing with your learners!
Before class, learners will:

(1) Independently read The Polar Express or listen to it read aloud by someone at home or online (YouTube offers a reading by Liam Neeson, if parents would like to enjoy it with their learner);
(2) Obtain and set out ingredients needed for our recipe (sent in a PDF to parents once they enrolled their child); 
(3) Obtain and set out supplies needed for our recipe (listed, here, under "Learner Supply List");
(4) Get their Christmas hat or sweater (or both) ready to wear during our class time together;
(5) Optional: Print, cut out, and thread their personalized train ticket to wear during class, sent to parents upon enrolling student;
(6) Optional: Come prepared with one favorite Christmas riddle to share with the class, if time allows.
*We will be making a recipe which contains dry dairy ingredients such as powdered milk and powdered coffee creamer. If you would like suggested substitutes to keep your child's recipe dairy-free, please let me know before you enroll, and I'll provide those substitutes for you to consider. Ingredients needed: powdered milk, powdered sugar, plain powdered coffee creamer, Nestle Nesquik powdered chocolate milk mix, unsweetened cocoa powder, chocolate pudding mix *optional: miniature marshmallows Supplies needed: large mixing bowl, spoon for mixing, measuring spoons, measuring cups, sifter, air-tight container that holds at least 1.5 quarts
Learners will be informally assessed during discussion, and I will adjust questions for each learner, as appropriate or necessary.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
If you're unfamiliar with The Polar Express, please research the content of the book before enrolling your child in this class. A great resource for this is Common Sense Media. 
No digital resources beyond the standard Outschool tools will be required. 


Tessa Hall | 1st First Grade | Reading | Tutoring
Lives in the United States
Certified Experienced Teacher | Reading Specialist
14 total reviews
14 completed classes

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Are you ready to have an excited learner on your hands who's confident and successful in all learning? You've come to the right place, because my favorite part of teaching is building learners who grow and grow and grow into kiddos who LOVE... 
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