“Reindeer” Lesson Plan by Hendrix Consulting Education

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“Reindeer” Lesson Details: Students will engage in imaginative thinking to explore activities involved with the popular reindeer that are incorporated into holiday songs and stories during Christmastime. The water cycle focus will include explorations in understand the meaning of a cycle, evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.

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Hello Circle: Hello Circle is dedicated to introducing the theme of the week to all the students together, as a whole. Hello circle includes: Saying hello while exploring a movement, introducing the theme, and splitting into two groups to participate in Community Circle.

Community Circle: What do you know about reindeer?

Facts about reindeer: http://www.kidsplayandcreate.com/reindeer-facts-for-kids/

  • Reindeer are also known as Caribou. In Europe they are called Reindeer all the time. America we called them Caribou in the wild and when domesticated we call them Reindeer.
    § Scientific Name: Rangifer Tarasndus.
    § Reindeer live in the Northern parts of North America including Canada and Alaska also in Europe, Russia and Greenland. Lets us not forget with Santa at the North Pole.
    § They live on tundras. A tundra is a vast flat, treeless Arctic Region.
    § Reindeer are herbivores meaning they are plant eaters.
    § They eat lichen a type of moss, grass and plants.
    § A reindeer can live up to 15 years in the wild.
    § A reindeer has brown soft fur with white fur on their neck and parts of their back.
    § They can weigh anywhere between 240-700 pounds.
    § Reindeer are usually 4-5 ft tall not including their antlers. Their antlers are 3ft tall!
    § Did you know that reindeer are the only deer in which both male and females grow antlers. They shed their antlers in the winter.
    § Like a human’s fingerprint no two reindeer antlers are exactly the same.
    § Reindeer migrate, during the winter reindeer’s migrate South. During the summer they migrate North. The trip is 1,200 miles roundtrip. That is one of the world’s largest migrations.
    § Their hooves are used to dig for food in the snow. The outer edges of their hooves are sharp while help them walk on ice and rocks.
    § Did you know that reindeer can run 50 miles per hour!
    § A male reindeer is called a Buck.
    § A female reindeer is called a Doe
    § A baby reindeer is called a Fawn
    § A mother usually gives birth to one fawn a year but sometimes two are born.
    § A fawn is usually 10-11 pounds when born.
    § A reindeer’s milk has more fat than cow’s milk.
    Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeer?
    Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen. Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and we can’t forget Rudolph

Music Circle:
Musical Element/Symbol/Notes

Instrument: Jingle Bells

Song: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer(Johnny Marks (c) 1949)

You know Dasher and Dancer
And Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid
And Donner and Blitzen.
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
(reindeer)
Had a very shiny nose
(like a light bulb)
And if you ever saw it
(saw it)
You would even say it glows
(like a flash light)
All of the other reindeer
(reindeer)
Used to laugh and call him names
(like Pinochio)
They never let poor Rudolph
(Rudolph)
Play in any reindeer games
(like Monopoly)

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
(Ho Ho Ho)
Rudolph with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?
Then all the reindeer loved him
(loved him)
And they shouted out with glee
(yippee)
“Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
(reindeer)
You’ll go down in history!”
(like Columbus)

Whole Group Warm-Up: It is time to warm-up your brain and your body! This is a time to move your head, arms, legs to the beat of the drum. Today, we are going to warm up while we explore moving our bodies, freely to the beat of the drum. When you hear the drum stop, listen to the words about the reindeers. When the drum starts again, continue with your free and creative movements. When the drum stops, freeze in an ending shape. Be ready to listen for more directions.

Find your beginning shape! Find your beginning shape, your shape, your shape, your shape. Find your beginning shape!

Tempo work: Moving in a Circle. Allegro, moderato, adagio.

Pause 1:
“You know Dasher and Dancer
And Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid
And Donner and Blitzen.
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?”

How can you use your body to move like a reindeer once your reindeer name is called? All students will be invited to be the main reindeer, Rudolph. After “of all” is sung, all the Rudolphs will have 32 counts to creatively move like a reindeer. Will you fly, prance, or have large antlers?

Pause 2:
“Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
(reindeer)
Had a very shiny nose
(like a light bulb)
And if you ever saw it
(saw it)
You would even say it glows
(like a flash light)
All of the other reindeer
(reindeer)
Used to laugh and call him names
(like Pinochio)
They never let poor Rudolph
(Rudolph)
Play in any reindeer games
(like Monopoly)”

How can you use your nose to guide all of your movements. That means your red-nose should be the first body part moving in any direction you choose, for 32 counts.

Pause 3:

“Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
(Ho Ho Ho)
Rudolph with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?
Then all the reindeer loved him
(loved him)
And they shouted out with glee
(yippee)
“Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
(reindeer)
You’ll go down in history!”
(like Columbus)”

How can you use your body to show how you would feel to be chosen to guide Santa’s sleigh for 32 counts?

Find your ending shape! Find you ending shape! Your shape, your shape, your shape. Find your ending shape!

Hydration Break:

Stay frozen in your ending shapes. Will everybody wearing green take a place in line to get a drink, now everybody wearing blue, etc.? (Teachers vary calling on different students by color of shirts, color of vinyl shape they are standing on, etc.)

Open Exploration

Small Group Explorations: Follow the Reindeer, Call Rudolph, and Process-oriented Rudolph Collage.
Creative Movement:

Follow The Reindeer: Students will explore reindeer movements as one reindeer leads the others around the “rooftops” to music. Whenever the music stops, a new child will be chosen to lead the other reindeer until everybody has had a turn to lead.
Call Rudolph: Students will explore reenacting the words to the poem called, “Call Rudolph”.

http://www.preschooleducation.com/schristmas.shtml

Poem: Call Rudolph (numbers will be adjusted to meet the number of students participating in each group)
Eight little reindeer pulling Santa’s sled
One fell down and bumped his head.
The elves called Santa and Santa said,
“Can seven little reindeer pull my sled?”
Seven little reindeer…
Six little reindeer…
Five little reindeer…
Four little reindeer…
Three little reindeer…
Two little reindeer…
One little reindeer pulling Santa’s sled;
He fell down and bumped his head.
The elves called Santa and Santa said,
“Call Rudolph!”

Visual Art: Rudolph Collage. Students will work with a variety of mediums to create their own unique reindeer collage. Students will be provided with brown and white paint, a variety of googly eyes, brown pipe cleaners, red pom-poms, and glue. Students will be encouraged to use these mediums (each that represents a different Rudolph body part) to make a unique collage.

Lunch-Time/Snack Time:

Students will be able to sit with their friends and eat their lunch/snack.

Art-Walk: Each student’s artwork will be showcased and talked about in front of his/her peers. The title of the artwork and details of the artwork will be discussed and appreciated.

Good-bye Train

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