Olive The Other Reindeer Christmas READ ALOUD STEM™ Activity

Grade Levels
1st - 5th, Homeschool
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18 pages
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Integrate STEM in your classroom this Christmas Season with Olive the Other Reindeer Christmas STEM Challenge!

Students discover how to make Olive fly and increase problem solving and engineering skills through this engaging Christmas STEM challenge. An excellent companion activity to the book Olive, The Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh.

Students plan, design, and execute their own ideas. After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't.

After the STEM project is complete, students write a narrative about Olive's life after Christmas using characters, setting, problem/solution, and events with a beginning, middle, and end.

Aligns with the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).


  • Teacher Instructions
  • Student Instructions
  • Student Planning Pages
  • Flying Reindeer STEM Journal + Digital STEM Journal
  • Opinion Writing Activity
  • Common Core and NGSS Standards
  • TpT Digital Version for Distance Learning with Google Classroom

Digital Activity:

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Materials Needed

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper Clips
  • Yarn or String
  • Pencils
  • Ruler or Yard Stick
  • Olive, The Other Reindeer by J.otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh (optional)

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Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.


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