Deck the Halls with Reindeer Fun

December is here, and this is the perfect time to explore reindeer. Believe it or not, there are TONS of learning options that can make a reindeer theme deep and meaningful. Check out this reindeer themed post for ideas to get your started.

December is here, and this is the perfect time to explore reindeer. Believe it or not, there are TONS of learning options that can make a reindeer theme deep and meaningful. For starters, this pinterest board can make your planning easy.

Reindeer Fun Pinterest Board


For planning purposes, you are welcome to print this planner. It includes books, activities, ideas, and links. If you have the electronic file up, the links will direct you to the resources (free) and websites.

Book Ideas

Wild Christmas Reindeer is a favorite December book choice, and this guided reading unit for the book includes before,during, and after activities including schema building, tier 2 vocabulary, character traits, summarizing, making connections, visualizing, column notes, questioning task cards/response sheet, story elements, and a writing project in PDF and DIGITAL FOR GOOGLE SLIDES TM.
Reindeer Books for KidsThere are several homerun Reindeer themed books, and my favorite of them all is Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett. It is a must read for every primary classroom. This unit for Wild Christmas Reindeer is available as a single unit or as part of my Christmas Book Bundle or Jan Brett Author Study. I set the unit to half price through Friday morning ($2.00).  The unit includes resources to use in guided reading as well as for writer's workshop.  Questioning task cards can be used in pairs or small group too. You can check it out by clicking the unit preview to the left.
There are many other Reindeer themed books too, and the resources below are what I could find for free. However, there are many excellent and inexpensive resources for these books too that you might check out.

Other Fun Reading Resources   

Reindeer Close Reading Freebie- All About Antlers- DiffereCaribou: A two-page informational articleBesides books, you and your students may enjoy these nonfiction options. Students love researching, and these worked very well with my students.This week, we researched Caribou with multiple resources. I had my students use Close Reading strategies with the two articles I had as well as with the websites we visited.  The article to the left was perfect for my fourth graders. I used it to model how a research report should be organized. We also used the article to the right.  It was intended for a younger audience, but it still offered my students a little different perspective. It is best suited to a second grade class I think.

FREE Christmas Reader's Theatre! Bob the Goofy Reindeer!Another options during Reindeer Week is Reader's Theatre. This free script from Lisa Frase would work well for small group instruction.  There are six main parts and four choral responses, so a teacher could easily use it with guided reading.  It's about a goofy reindeer named Bob.

If you love Reader's Theatre like I do, you might also like my latest partner script. This skit would work well paired with the Wild Christmas Reindeer since it's about reindeer problems.  Sue, the reindeer trainer, is having difficulty with Prancer.  She just can't get her timing down and is quite frankly *digging her hooves in*.  Sue is beside herself with worry that the deer will not be ready in time and Christmas will be ruined.  With the help of the lead barn elf, Jason, the two elves are able to solve the problem. Teamwork is a beautiful thing. You can check it out with the preview below.

Writing and Craft Ideas

As if these ideas aren't fun enough (and if you are lucky to have the time for more), there are *tons* of great writing and craft options available.  These were my favorites, and I hope you'll head over to my Pinterest board to repin them for later.
Two different activities included: Create a wanted/lost poster for one of Santa's missing reindeer. Fill out a job application to become one of Santa's reindeer.    Kindergarten Rocks!: I "Deerly" Love This Time of Year!    Reindeer made from Burlap Ribbon ♥
Handpainted Recycled Light bulb Reindeer by KlassyKreations3, $9.95...adorable     

Reindeer Websites

Finally, before I sign off, I want to share one last thing.  The Library Patch has this wonderful Clickable PDF available with Reindeer Websites.  This made it so easy for us to be able to research safely, and I appreciate that she's shared it for all to use.
  
Do you have a fun resource for Reindeer Week?  Did you use a freebie that you just loved and think others should know about too?  Do you have a blog and want to share your ideas too?  The link up may be over, but you can always share your ideas in the comments.

Thanks so much, and until next time...happy reading!

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December is here, and this is the perfect time to explore reindeer. Believe it or not, there are TONS of learning options that can make a reindeer theme deep and meaningful. Check out this reindeer themed post for ideas to get your started.

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  1. Thank you so much. I love your weekly units. This week I am doing all gingerbread man and next week is reindeers. Perfect timing, thank you for all the great resources.

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    1. Hopefully I helped you out both weeks. :-) Next week is Mittens, so plan that the first week back, okay. :-) Have a great weekend and thanks for dropping by.

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    2. Carla, as usual your post is so thorough and chock full of good quality reindeer resources! Thank you so much for the linky!

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