Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Turkey Trouble Fun!

For the last two weeks, I have been focusing on poetry, drama, and prose.  I have developed two units that go with this concept that centers around a Thanksgiving theme.  Last week, the students read 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey and this week, we are reading Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano. 

We have completed several activities to help the students learn more about the structural elements of text, as well as looking at story elements such as character traits, problem, solution, and theme.  We also practiced writing summaries.  Hitting those Common Core Standards!  :) 

To carry the reading activities over into writing class, I gave the students a turkey and they had to create disguises for them so they would be not be eaten at Thanksgiving.  Here are some of the AH-DORABLE turkeys the kids brought created.  Check these cute patooties out! 

An Olympic Gold Medalist
 Santa Claus
 A Beach Bum
 A model (looks like Dolly Parton to me) LOL!
 Of course, Elvis!  The student that made this was SO proud! 
 And of course, I teach in Kentucky and UK basketball is serious business.  We certainly wouldn't want to eat Nerlens Noel, our AWESOME center!
 And how cute is this?  No one wants popcorn for Thanksgiving, right? 
If you are interested in checking out my unit that contains the turkey in disguise activities.  Click here.  I know your kids will love them as much as mine have. 
Tomorrow, they will start writing letters to Farmer Jake telling him why he can't eat this "turkey".  I can't wait to see what they come up with. 

Have a great one!

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