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. This round up post offers great free resources and teaching ideas for the elementary classroom.
Reindeer Fun Pinterest Board
There 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 my Jan Brett Author Study. 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. As you can see, this list includes both fiction and nonfiction. The most popular titles include Olive, the Other Reindeer, The Great Reindeer Rebellion, and The Little Reindeer. Remember, with a reindeer theme, it’s important to use paired texts in order to work on reading strategies for fiction and nonfiction. Below, you’ll find a variety of resources that you can incorporate into your week.
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 to the left.
Writing and Craft Ideas
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.