Reindeer Lesson Plans

reindeer lesson plans



  • Prepare a food chain or food web for the tundra including reindeer. Reindeer eat lichen, small plants, and mushrooms. They provide food for wolves, mosquitoes, and human beings. Write each of these on a slip of paper and put them together to form a paper chain. If you happen to have a Christmas tree in the room while you do this study, have each student construct a food chain, hook them all together, and use the resulting long chain as a garland for your classroom tree.
  • Roger Highfield’s excellent book The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey includes scientific data and speculation about Santa’s flying reindeer and Rudolph’s red nose. Read with your class and then conduct further research to determine the plausibility of Highfield’s explanations of these phenomena.

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