If you’ve taught kindergarten in December, then you know it can get a little crazy. I learned a long time ago that the best way to survive is to embrace the chaos!
That’s why I love learning about reindeer every December! My students are amazed to find out the reindeer are real and – big shock here – they don’t fly. Mind. Blown.
As we read about reindeer (which we learn are also called caribou), we add information to our anchor chart on sticky notes. I love this because I can laminate the anchor chart background and re-use it year after year!
It can be hard to find nonfiction resources about reindeer! We use this nonfiction book that is included in my Reindeer Unit to research.
We add information to one box each day – have, can, or are. Some years we write a whole informational book. When we do that, we write one page a day.
This year, we completed this writing craft instead:
They turned out so good! This craft is also included in my reindeer unit.
It’s hard to see here, but the carrots are hanging from the heading on a string. If you want it to be a little sturdier, you could also use a long piece of paper.
Life cycles is a big area of focus for us throughout the entire year, so we spent a day learning about the reindeer life cycle.
These reindeer turned out so cute and they were all unique!
We also worked on labeling the parts of the reindeer. This is a skill that’s hard for my students for some reason, so I make sure we hit it every unit possible!
To extend the reindeer fun, we also put out our reindeer themed math and literacy centers! What is it about a themed center that instantly boosts engagement? I’m not sure, but i’m thankful for it!
Are you thinking about doing a reindeer unit this year? I have everything you need here!
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