Turkey Time!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving break in my classroom are what I call TURKEY TIME! I wanted to share with you several fun (and free) turkey ideas and activities that are super easy to use.

One of my favorite activities is a fun family project where my kiddos disguise a turkey. I found this activity a several years ago on an amazing website-Mrs.Nelson's Class. She has the turkey printable I used (printed them on cardstock), as well as a parent letter to send home to explain the project for FREE!! That's right, FREE!!! Thank you, Mrs. Nelson!!! 
Here are some pictures of our disguised turkeys...prepare your hearts!! 

Artist Turkey

Bride Turkey

Chick-fil-A Turkey

 Georgia Power Turkey

GA Bulldogs Turkey

GA Cheerleader Turkey

Santa Turkey

Johnny Appleseed Turkey

Tae Kwon Do Turkey

New York Yankees Turkey

Gymnast Turkey

Princess Turkey

Baby Turkey

Super Model Turkey

Moon Turkey
Okay, I'll stop now! They are just too precious! To incorporate writing into the activity, I made a "Meet My Turkey" printable to go with their precious turkeys! They had a blast coming up with their responses!! You can download a free copy of my "Meet My Turkey" printable by just clicking on the picture below!

I'm obsessed with children's books, so I think I own about every turkey book out there. However, two of my favorites are A Turkey for Thanksgiving and Turkey Trouble. To continue working on identifying story elements, I created a flap book for Turkey Trouble and a graphic organizer for A Turkey for ThanksgivingDownload your free copy of the sheets here.

In math, we had fun making the cutest little number combination turkeys. You can easily differentiate this activity by letting your kiddos pick their own target number. 
The free template that I used is here if you want to use it, too.  

Informational writing is out focus this nine weeks. After researching about turkeys, we made these "I Am Stuffed with Facts About Turkeys" books. They were a big hit!

I don't have patterns for the book, but I promise these are super simple to put together!! I just free handed the feathers, folded a large piece of brown paper {w/ writing paper inside}, cut strips of brown paper for the legs, and let the kids cut out & decorate their own turkey head! I love how they turned out! 

My sweeties are also working hard and having fun with my Gobble, Gobble, Gobble Math and Literacy Centers, my Ready, Set, Print November set, and these DIGITAL November  ELA and Math Review activities!!

 If you need a little more turkey fever {that addresses standards} in your classroom, these will do the trick!  

And to wrap up a fun turkey week, I highly recommend this little turkey treat! Your kids will gobble them right up! If you are a peanut free classroom, use golden Oreos for the head instead of Nutter Butters. 

 To make these all you need are:
-chocolate chips or candy eyes (eyes)
-white icing (glue)
-sugar cookies(one cookie per child)
-candy corn (feathers)

- a small piece of a red Twizzler (wattle)
-Nutter Butter cookies or Golden Oreos (head)

Well, I'm all turkey tired now. Ha! I hope you were able to get some ideas and resources in this post to use in your classroom. If you did, I'd love to see them. Just tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!!! 


Place Value Stacked Pumpkins (free download)

Monday, November 9, 2020
Only a teacher would be inspired by the stacked pumpkins on her porch to make a place value activity. What can I say?

My class has been working so hard on place value. Before pumpkin season is officially over, I thought I squeeze in one more little pumpkin activity to review it.

All I had to do was print out the free template here on colored paper. Then, the kids picked a number to represent using base ten blocks and expanded form on their stacked pumpkins. They turned out super cute! It also made the easiest fall display in our hallway! Now to add some turkeys before it's time to deck the halls with a whole bunch of holly jolly:) 

I hope you have the best week! 
Happy Teaching!!