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  • Reindeer and caribou share the same species name, Rangifer tarandus.  Reindeer are a semi-domesticated subspecies of Rangifer.

  • They were probably domesticated along the Russia-Mongolian border five to seven thousand years ago, and might have been first used as decoys to help hunters catch wild game.

  • Once domesticated by the nomadic tribes of this region, they pulled sleds and supplied meat, clothing, and milk.

  • Their domestication spread throughout Russia and Scandinavia, where raising and herding reindeer is still a way of life today.

  • Reindeer did not arrive in North America until the 1890's.

History Of Reindeer In Alaska

  • In the late 1880s, there were reports of starving Alaska Native populations in western Alaska due to the decimation of marine mammals from the whaling industry and scarce numbers of caribou.

  • Dr. Sheldon Jackson, a U.S. general agent for education and Presbyterian missionary lobbied for federal monies to assist Alaska Natives.  He built mission schools and in the late 1880s introduced reindeer into Alaska from Russia, as a source of protein and revenue.

  • Reindeer were brought to Alaska on Captain Healy's U.S. Revenue Cutter, the Bear.

  • Siberian herders and then Saami herders were brought to western Alaska to teach Alaska Natives how to herd reindeer.

  • The reindeer industry grew until there were over 600,000 reindeer in the 1930s.  Mismanagement and losses to wolves and caribou caused the reindeer population to drop to only 50,000 reindeer by the 1950s.

  • The Reindeer Act of 1937 allows only Alaska Natives to own reindeer.

  • Today there are 30,000 reindeer in Alaska, with 20,000 of them living in western Alaska, mainly on the Seward peninsula and in island herds.


Elsa the Reindeer visits a kindergarten
in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Mary Antisarlook, known as The Reindeer Queen, was the first Native Alaskan woman to own reindeer.


Reindeer cow and her new calf at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm.



* Reindeer lose their antlers every spring.

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The Wild Christmas Reindeer



6 page printable Newsnotes by Jan Brett



The Night Before Christmas





December 2005
Thematic Pack

8 reproducible songs & poems
+ a new Emergent Reader
Themes include:
 Reindeer ~ Gingerbread ~ Candles
Christmas ~ Hanukkah


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Enhance all of your Winter thematic units with these KinderKorner Resource Products by Victoria Smith.

It's Beginning To Look
A Lot Like Christmas

A Thematic Approach To Growing
In Language & Literacy

17 illustrated Christmas songs & poems in 2 sizes, 3 new Emergent Readers, Poetry Writing Frames, reproducible masters for Class Books, Standards-Based Learning Games, including:  Christmas Bingo, Christmas Zip Around, Alphabet Flash Cards, Illustrated Vocabulary Cards, Christmas Tree Math Workjob, a TLC "Santa" directed art project, and much more.

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Christmas Theme
Emergent Reader Set

Emergent Reader Sets
include reproducible blackline masters for three titles, in two sizes:  Big Book/Shared Reading size and Student Book/Guided Reading size.
“The Christmas Tree”
“Look At Santa”
“Santa Song” ~ Big Book Only


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Winter Wonderland Too!
Resource Book

Units include:
Let It Snow ~ Winter Wonderland ~ G Is For Gingerbread ~ P Is For Penguin

Ready-to-use reproducible masters for Song & Poetry Cards, Emergent Readers, Winter Bingo, Snowman Bingo & Snowman Math Workjob, Gingerbread Man Shapes Zip Around Game, Interactive Pocket Chart Sets, Flash Cards, writing activities,  and TLC art projects, plus valuable information on creating and managing a Balanced Literacy Classroom.
Winter, Snow, Gingerbread, Penguins, and Mittens.

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Winter Theme
Emergent Reader Set

Emergent Reader Sets include reproducible blackline masters for six titles, in two sizes each:  Big Book/Shared Reading size and Student Book/Guided Reading size.  Themes in this set are:
Winter ~ Snow ~ Gingerbread
Penguins ~ Mittens


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Ten Little Reindeer
Tune: Ten Little Indians variation
By Victoria Smith

Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen,
And Rudolph with his nose so bright
Lead Santaís sleigh through the cold starry night
I'm A Little Reindeer
Tune: I'm A Little Teapot

Iím a little reindeer, ready to fly. 
Iíll pull Santaís sleigh high up in the sky. 
Christmas is here; we canít be late. 
All the children just cannot wait!
Rudolph's Light
Tune: Camptown Races

Reindeer pull on Santa's sleigh
Ho-ho, ho-ho.
Rudolph's leading all the way
Ho-ho, ho-ho.

Gonna ride all day.
Gonna ride all night.
We'll be riding through the sky
Using Rudolph's light!
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

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

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glowed.

All of the other reindeer
Use to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
"Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then how the reindeer loved him,
As they shouted out with glee:
"Rudolph the red nosed reindeer,
You'll go down in history!"
Rudolph! Rudolph!

Rudolph! Rudolph!
What will you do?
You can't guide Santa
If your nose is blue!

Rudolph! Rudolph!
You're such a silly fellow.
Who will know it's you
If your nose is yellow!

Rudolph! Rudolph!
Your way cannot be seen
Through the wintry weather
If your nose is green!

Rudolph! Rudolph!
Santa gave a wink.
But what will Santa think
If your nose is pink?

Rudolph! Rudolph!
It's time to fly at night
But you're quite a sight
Cause your nose is white!

Rudolph! Rudolph!
It's time to go to town
But Santa's wearing a frown
Cause your nose is brown!

Rudolph! Rudolph!
Santa has his sack.
But you're not ready
If your nose is black!

Rudolph! Rudolph!
The children are in bed.
And now we know you're ready
'Cause your nose is red!




Reindeer Directed Art Project from TLC "Winter" Book

Song and TLC Reindeer Photo courtesy of
Mrs. Pohlmeyer's Christmas Page

Paper Bag Reindeer

Draw your own reindeer head and hooves, or adapt a blackline master from your files.

Stuff a lunch sack sized paper bag with newspaper and twist top of the bag and close with a rubber band. Give each student 4 pieces of brown construction paper to fold accordion style for legs. Children color, cut, and paste pieces to paper bag.  To make reindeer into Rudolph, put red glitter on his nose.

Project & photo courtesy of Mrs. Pohlmeyer's Christmas Page

Cut-and-Paste reindeer by Patty Hackett's class


Hands-and-Foot Reindeer From
Little Giraffes Website

Hands-and-Footprint Reindeer From
Patty Hackett's class

This can be used as an ornament or a gift tag.
This sample has antlers and ears that are traced and cut,
but I prefer handprint antlers and a pompom nose.


One more reindeer from Patty's class.

Reindeer Food:  Mix dried/uncooked oatmeal and red and green colored sugar to make food for Santa's hungry reindeer.  Place in decorated baggie or paper bag, and attach the following poem:

Up on the rooftop reindeer pause
And wait for jolly Santa Claus.
We left cookies and milk for Santa's tummy
And this special snack for his reindeer so hungry!

Students can sprinkle the snack outdoors on the ground (the sparkly sugar attracts reindeer!), or they can leave their reindeer food in the special bag next to Santa's cookies.

Reindeer Hay:  Another special treat for Santa's reindeer.  Decorate a brown or white paper lunch bag with handprint antlers, a red pom pom nose, and wiggle eyes.  Put hay (or strips of craft raffia from the craft supply store) into bag and attach this poem:

'Tis the night before Christmas.
Santa soon will be here!
This hay is a treat
For Santa's reindeer.













Reindeer "Count To 100" Snack Mix:  Students count out ten of each of the following items:  raisins, chocolate chips, peanuts, peanut butter chips, Froot Loops, regular M&Ms, peanut or almond M&Ms, Reese's Pieces, popcorn, goldfish crackers.  Place in decorated baggies or paper bags, and staple to bulletin board until your classroom holiday party.  We use our "100s Mats" for counting:  12" x 18" sheets of construction paper with ten 4" circles glued to the page, then laminated for durability.  The mats look like this:

Reindeer Toast: Toast one slice of wheat bread and cut in half diagonally.  Students spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on toast and add pretzel antlers, raisin eyes, and a cherry nose.
Reindeer Cookies: Provide each student with a Nutter Butter cookie and chocolate frosting. Have them frost one side of the cookie and add two small curled pretzels at the top for antlers, two raisin eyes, and a red M&M for the nose.


Reindeer Cookies:  Students frost Nutter Butter Peanut Butter cookies with chocolate frosting or peanut butter, and add raisin eyes, a red Froot Loops or M&Ms nose, and pretzel antlers.








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