During the Cyber Monday sale, I shared a unit from my cart. The Great Reindeer Rebellion by The Bubbly Blonde. This past week I was able to dive into holiday themed learning.

To engage students, I read Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. As each character is introduced, we charted their characteristics. Before reading the end of the story, I asked the kids which of the below listed reindeer was their favorite based on characteristic.

Cupid {sure-footed}, Comet {fastest}, Donner and Blitzen {twist and turn with ease}, Dasher and Dancer {biggest and strongest}, Prancer and Vixen {smoothest landing}, Rudolph {guide}

After we finished reading, I asked the kids to "turned and talked" about why they connected to the character selected. During this discussion, I had students graph their data. What a remarkable graphing and data analysis math lesson!!!

I began our studies of reindeer/caribou with Gladys' unit, Reindeer Magic.

She always does a magnificent job with incorporating vocabulary, easy readers, and graphic organizers in her units!

I found a great resource online to help build background of caribou. Link here!

To build on our persuasive studies, I used Alisha's The Great Reindeer Rebellion Literature Unit. She provides story vocabulary and fantastic organizers to compare and contrast the reindeer in the rebellion to caribou.

I had some troubles getting the book to class before the holidays so I went to Barnes and Nobles online and purchased their book through Nook. It's sooo cheap! $4~ I don't have a nook but I do have an iPad. With apps available, you can download the Nook app and read through your iPad or iPhone. Cool Right? In October I purchased a neat $29 dollar VGA-Adapter from the Apple Store. {I use this anytime I cannot find books in print. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!} This will allow you to project from your iPad or iPhone through a LCD projector! You can click the image below to link.

With an already strong understanding of elements in persuasive {we've been working on this for a few weeks}, many students did a wonderful job at convincing Santa to hire their caribou for the job. I had to share one of my little guys cute paper...all he wants to do is eat cookies with Santa. Ha! So Honest!!

Happy Teachings!

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