Reindeer Research

Objective: Students will use research and writing skills.
Resources: Teacher: none. Student: pencil, paper.
Teacher Preparation: none.

1. Procedure: Ask students for information on what they know about reindeer.
2. Go to library/internet to research reindeer, looking for information on where they live, what purpose they serve to humans, what the history is regarding their Christmas significance.
3. Students write a short fiction story about a reindeer, using information from their research.

Variations/Options: Research to see if any other instances occur in history of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; have students brainstorm ideas to really make reindeer fly (wings, jet packs, etc.) then draw their inventions; estimate how many total gifts might be needed for your town or city, then estimate how many reindeer might be needed to pull the sleigh.

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