Jan Brett is one of my favorite children’s authors. Her stories are always the kind that make you feel all warm and cozy inside. The illustrations are beautiful and the outside of the pages always tell their own tale. Each book includes a story within a story, which makes the books extra special. If this is your first introduction to a Jan Brett book, get ready for a sweet folksy telling of Santa’s reindeer with a Sweetish twist. The Wild Christmas Reindeer will be sure to delight your children.
If you don’t have this book in your Christmas book collection, I highly recommend you add it to your bookshelf, but until you do, you can watch the read aloud here.
This Grab and Go Lesson is part of the 12 Days of Homeschooling through the Holidays. Catch the rest of the series here where you can find lots of other fun lessons from great Christmas books.
The Christmas Reindeer
Start your lesson out with a story map of The Wild Christmas Reindeer. Discuss with your student each of the story elements in the story.
The Reindeer in the story do not have the normal names that we are used to in our traditional telling of Santa’s reindeer. Have some fun with ABC order by putting each reindeer’s name in ABC order on this worksheet.
Take the reindeer fun a step further by having your student practice spelling and vocabulary building by using the reindeer names and making at least 4 new words out of their names. If this is too challenging for your student, either help them out or only have them do 2 words. If you want to further challenge them, encourage them to add more names on the back of the worksheet.
Let your student work on their creative skills by making a glyph with this reindeer. They will have to answer the questions in order to determine what their reindeer is going to look like. Have some fun and get the whole family involved and then take it a step further and graph your results.
Round out today’s lesson by practicing finding coordinates. There are only 3 questions on this worksheet but that doesn’t mean you can’t extend the lesson yourself. Challenge your student even more by having them write their own questions on the back and sharing them with a sibling or parent.
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