Reindeer Unit for Kindergarten and First Grade

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Stephanie Trapp
Grade Levels
K - 1st, Homeschool
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I loved this resource. We used it the week before break and my students loved learning all about reindeer. They talked about this for the rest of the year!
This was a really fun unit which we used for December. The projects/crafts were really fun and the worksheets helped to keep a first grader engaged. She enjoyed the reindeer/caribou book especially.


Are reindeer really real? If so, where do they live? What does migrate mean? Learn the answers to these questions and MORE during this reindeer unit for kindergarten and first grade! The week-long comprehensive unit includes detailed daily lesson plans with literature suggestions. It incorporates science, reading, writing, math, STEM, handwriting and art. It also includes QR codes and links to videos that complement the unit study.

Click on the PREVIEW to read each lesson plan, see the Week-at-a-Glance planning sheet, as well as examples of printables and art projects.

Teacher Features You’ll Love

  • Detailed daily lesson plans
  • Week-at-a-glance planning guide
  • Guide for stretching the unit over two weeks
  • Key concepts and objectives
  • Extensive literature list
  • Video links and QR codes
  • Differentiated versions of math sheets
  • Activity directions and printable templates

What’s Covered in the Unit?

Day 1: Are Reindeer Real?

  • Are Reindeer Real? class graph
  • Reindeer paper bag book

Day 2: Where Do Reindeer Live? (Adaptations)

  • Label the Reindeer sheet
  • Reindeer paper bag book

Day 3: Why Do Reindeer Move? (Migration)

  • Hoofprints in the Snow art project
  • Finish reindeer paper bag book

Day 4: Reindeer STEM

  • Flying Reindeer
  • Build a Barn/Stall for a Reindeer

Day 5: Reindeer Fun and Games

  • If I Had a Pet Reindeer writing
  • Add the Antlers play doh mat
  • Feed the Reindeer relay
  • Reindeer art project
  • Baby reindeer pudding cups

Math Connections

  • Math task cards for a "Write the Room" activity or math center
  • Counting within 10, 20 and 100
  • Counting by tens
  • Tally marks
  • Finding one more/less, ten more/ten less
  • Ordering numbers least to greatest
  • Place value: counting base ten pieces to 20 and 100
  • Addition and subtraction within 10, 20 and 100 (no regrouping)
  • Number bonds
  • Making ten
  • Time to the hour and half hour
  • Graphing
  • Measuring with nonstandard units
  • Word problems

Literacy Connections

  • Reindeer word wall
  • “Rudolph Can Read” emergent reader
  • Beginning and ending letter sounds
  • Rhyming
  • CVC words
  • Hard and soft sound of C
  • PH digraph
  • Beginning, middle, end of a story
  • Making predictions
  • Problem/Solution
  • Writing sentences
  • Reindeer Report writing prompt
  • Flying School writing prompt
  • If I Had a Pet Reindeer writing prompt
  • Reindeer Rescue writing prompt
  • Reindeer Book Report writing prompt
  • All About Reindeer/Caribou writing prompt

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Total Pages
174 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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