Discuss reindeer with your students. Explain to students that reindeer are medium-sized members of the deer family. They are also called caribou. Talk about a reindeer's physical appearance, diet, and habitat. Have students write the new facts that they learn on a note card.
Talk about the habitats of reindeer. Explain that reindeer are mostly found in cold, frozen climates. Introduce vocabulary words such as arctic, tundra, and plain. Have students locate countries where reindeer live on a classroom map or globe.
Most students should be familiar with the story of Santa Claus and the reindeer that pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve. Each of Santa's nine reindeer had a specific name. Allow students to brainstorm their own list of names for Santa's reindeer. (Examples: Speedy, Lightning) Encourage students to be as creative as possible in their brainstorming.