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Discuss what other story
has a similar name. Have students tell their favorite
parts of Twas the Night Before Christmas. Before reading
the book, tell the students to listen for similar parts
in this story.
Which story does the class
think was written first; this story or Twas the Night
Before Christmas? Discuss the term parody.
Write the following words
on bus cutouts. holiday, Thanksgiving, farmer, turkey,
bus, gobble, fall, farm, and autumn. Discuss what each of
these mean. Have a student use the words in a sentence.
Divide the students into
groups of four. Give each group a map. Tell the goups
that it is their job to guess where the story took place.
Then, have the groups explain what makes them think this
is where the kids in the book were from.
Learn about point of view
by having your students become the Turkey's in the story.
Ask them to imagine how they would feel when they saw a
bus load of children on the eve of Thanksgiving.
I read T'was the Night
Before Thanksgiving and then the children make turkeys
for our bb. The turkeys are dressed in shirts, pants, a
tie and a cap. The clothes are made from wallpaper
scraps. They make a talking balloons and write something
that the turkey thinks you should eat for Thanksgiving
instead of turkey. They are absolutely adorable. -Cathy
Furlong Concord NH
Some More of My Fave Turkey Time Books:
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Dice Story Problem Dice Game. Free printables to
make this game are included!
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Ideas Found on the Teaching
Heart Thanksgiving Packet
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Pocket Chart Center - Many turkeys are programmed
with pictures. Students sort the turkey cards by
initial sounds (6 letters, t, h, a, n, k, s)into
a pocket chart or organize on the floor. The last
page of the file is a center sheet you may choose
to have your students complete once they have
done the center.K-2
a Grocery List To Make a Pumpkin Pie - Students
take turns rolling the dice and completing the
task as directed by the given key (page1) First
player to fill their playing card (page 3) with
one of each pumpkin pie ingredients (page 2)
wins.(1-3). I use a small pocket chart as the
store. When the students roll, they take the item
from the chart and put it on their list. This
makes a great center or a fun activity for free
Glyph Activities Includes manipulates to
make the glyph, printable glyph key, and a
classroom activity sheet for analyzing glyph
data.(1-3) First the students answer questions
about Thanksgiving in their family. Then they
color and cut the glyph based on their answers.
After the glyphs are done I suggest you display
them along with the key. Then the display can
become even more fun with learning. The students
can fill out a sheet that asks questions about
all the glyphs.
Activities Six pages of fun cornucopia
activities. Background information for the
teacher, graphing activity with manipulatives,
sorting activity, and a counting activity. (k-2).
Pumpkin Pie Rhyme
Take It To Your Seat Center Teacher places
given manipulatives in an envelope. Student takes
envelope to their desk and matches the pie to the
cream by using rhyming pairs. A matching center
sheet is included. The student completes the
sheet as they work on the center.(1-3) The center
sheet can be completed independently by second
graders. First graders will need assistance.
Thanksgiving - Print pages 1 -2 on separate
sheets of paper. Cut out a few of the
Thanksgiving pictures and show your students how
to place them on the graph. Then, allow them to
complete the rest. When they are finished,
instruct them to complete the graph questions.
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My Favorite Turkey
Turkey Ran Away (tune:
Farmer in the Dell)
turkey ran away,
said, "They'll make a roast of me
I decide to stay!"
The pumpkin ran
"They'll make a pie of me
If I decide to
The cranberry ran
"They'll make a sauce of me
If I decide to
Sing to tune of "O' My Darlin'
Albuquerque, he's my turkey,
and he's feathered and he's fine
and he wobbles and he gobbles
and I'm awfully glad he's mine.
He's the best pet you could ever get
better than a dog or cat
Albuquerque, he's my turkey
and I'm awfully glad of that.
Albuquerque, he's my turkey
he's so cozy in his bed
because for our Thanksgiving dinner
we had scrambled eggs instead.
Orange is a
Yellow is the corn.
Brown is the turkey
With stuffing to
Red are the
Green are the
In a feast of my
Who will get the
All sit down, all
Puddin' pie, one
All of us were
Until we came to
Me oh my! Me oh my!
I have a turkey, big and fat
He spreads his wings, (Fan hands at hips)
And walks like that (Strut)
His daily corn he would not miss (Pretend to eat
And when he walks, he sounds like this, ('Gobble,
Some of my favorite
like to have my class make a turkey
glyph. To the right you will see a
picture of a finished glyph. This glyph
come from the book :
Graphs, Venns, & Glyphs : Hundreds of
Great Data Collecting Activities to Build
Real-Life Math Skills. I have
modified it a bit.
complete this activity with your class,
you will first need to make a legend.
- DARK BROWN - I like dark meat
Brown - I like light meat
- I don't eat Turkey
-Yellow - I am going away for
- I am not going away for
-On Thanksgiving we usually eat
= Dining room
-Orange - I do not like gravy
- I like gravy
- OPENED = I will eat dessert on
= I will not eat dessert
- On Thanksgiving I like to
- pumpkin pie
- Green beans
- Mashed Potatoes
class use the legend to create their
turkeys. The second two pictures on the
right show my Turkey Glyph Bulletin
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Do you like white meat or dark meat?;
Which do you prefer chicken or turkey?;
Do you like pumpkin pie?:
Find a picture of a turkey that you
like. Make six copies of it.
Cut out the bodies of the turkeys (so you
just have to add the feathers to make the
turkey complete). Write the number
"one" on the first turkey, two
on another, repeat with the numbers three
through six. Provide the students
with twenty one feather shapes, cut from
construction paper or store bought craft
feathers. Ask the students to place
the appropriate number of feathers on
each turkey. One feather on the
turkey with the number one one it... and
Native-American Counting Game
Materials: 5 circles cut out of card
board Paint a half moon on 1 side of 4
circles, paint a star on the other
circle. A basket
the paint has dried put the circles in
the basket. Each player takes turns
shaking the basket and counts the pieces
that end face up. The score keeper puts
the number face up and the shape that
shows. Each moon is worth 1 point the
start is worth 2.
Provide red, yellow, brown, or orange
playdough and turkey-shaped or
leaf-shaped cookie cutters at the
mats (laminated paper mats or divide
vinyl placemats) by dividing it into
fourths with a permanent marker.
Put a different number on each
section. Have the students cut the
correct number of dough turkeys to place
on each numbered section of the mat.
favorite Thanksgiving tradition that my
I once knew a turkey who never...
Once upon a time there was a turkey
On Thanksgiving, my family...
My grandmother was cooking the turkey
when all of a sudden...
Cut out large turkeys and ask each child
how to cook a turkey
Have childen make handprints on a
card. The thumb is the head and the
fingers are the feathers.Add legs, eyes,
beak to complete
the turkey. Inside the card print the
This isn't just a turkey,
As anyone can see.
I made it with my hand,
Which is a part of me!
It comes with lots of love
Especially to say--
I hope you have
A very happy Thanksgiving Day!
awards with a Thanksgiving Theme
to give to students that do a
great job at a task.
TRUTH - the first picture on the
right shows a poster I created. I
enlarged the poster to share with
the class. We talked about each
truth. Then a team of three
students took two Turkey Facts
from the chart and found the
facts in books. They shared the
paragraph from the book they
found their truth in. The
students enjoyed this task. It
helped them work on their
research skills and they learned
more about Turkeys!
are the facts found on the sheet:
turkeys are called hens.
Male turkeys are called Toms.
Baby turkeys are called poults
Wild turkeys rest in trees at
Turkeys eat seeds, nuts, grains,
insects, berries, and greens.
Turkeys have excellent eyesight.
Wild turkeys can fly up to 50
miles per hour.
Domestic Turkeys cannot fly.
A turkeys head and throat change
color when it is excited.
of these are found on our CDROM.
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Graphing - Graphing Materials &
Drop Game This is a simple game
that is fun for the kids and also is a
great way to introduce or practice fact
families. It is also a fun way to
practice math facts to 10. The
turkey manipulatives and score sheet is
included. Just print and use!
(Use with grades 1-3. Grade 1 will
need more direction from the teacher.
Before playing the game, play a few games
with the class as a group and then allow
them to play as partners. (1-3)
Thanksgiving Treats - The student cuts
out various pictures of snowmen and then
sorts them on a sorting sheet (k-2).
The student answers question
independently (1-2) about their sorting
Pilgrim Mini Book
a Turkey Glyph
on the Thanksgiving Table Dice Game
the tHANKSGIVING wORD TO THE pICTURE
was an old
always introduce topics with a good book
and vocabulary that relates to the
topics. I place a word on a sentence
strip. Then I have the class read the
word. Next we talk about the words
meaning. After we have talked about each
vocabulary word, I then place the words
on chart paper. This chart becomes a word
bank that can be used by the student
during the unit:
the word pumpkins
Each student needs i,u,k,m,n,p,p,s
Some words to have your students make:
us, in, ink, kin, ski, skip, skin, sink,
spin, mink, pink, punck, pump, spunk,
minus, pumpkin, pumpkins
After the lesson: Have your students
write these words in their journals. Have
them circle all words with sk in them.
Have them pick a word and write it in a
you are not familiar with Making Words
Lessons please see the book below.
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the right is pictures of the
masters of two of the books I
like to make with my classes
The first book is called I'm
Each student is given a copy. The
students draw their picture on
the cover and then completes the
inside of the book. There are six
pages that ask the student to
write and draw. Here are two
examples from the book:
picture of an empty plate. -
Student draws their favorite meal
and then finishes the paragraph
or sentence - "At mealtimes,
I'm thankful for..."
empty space for the student to
draw their family. Then the
student finishes up by writing
"I am thankful for my family
could make a book like this one
or you could purchase our CDROM -
it has this master on it for your
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The second book is a pattern book
based on the Brown Bear Brown
Bear Pattern. This book is called
the words are written on the
pages. The student must
illustrate the words in the given
space. For instance a page may
read: "Pilgrim, Pilgrim what
do you see? I see corn growing
under my feet. " The student
would then draw a picture of a
pilgrim with corn growing under
his feet. After the book is
completed, the student can easily
read it by looking at the
illustrations. A good idea, is
for the teacher to make her own
copy (enlarged). Then the class
can practice reading the book as
a group. When they are reading it
with ease, have them take it home
and read it to an adult for
homework. THIS HELPS YOUR
STUDENTS WORK ON THE READING
STRATEGY OF USING PICTURES TO
again, you could make a book like
this one or you could purchase
our CDROM - it has this master on
it for your use! To learn more go
is a cute little run turkey book
with a twist. It is free to
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Teachers Share Their Fave Ideas!
class does a Thanksgiving booklet entitled
"I am Thankful for All These Things"
The children are the illustrators of the book.
First page- My Family, children glue a picture of
their family and sponge print a heart near it.
Second page- My Home, children connect the dots I
have made of a triangle and square to make a
house, then they color it in. third page-My
Senses, children glue features on a face( wiggly
eyes, cotton ball, yarn, macaroni) Fourth page-
My Trees and Flowers, children glue a tree trunk
out of construction paper to page and glue tissue
paper for the leaves and then draw flower stem
and either tissue paper the petals or draw them.
(pom poms can be used also) Fifth page-My Food,
children cut their favorite foods out of
magazines and glue that to the page. Sixth page-
My Friends, children cut out a traced paper chain
of two children holding hands and glue that to
page. (make it simple, just head hands and legs)
not only does this booklet reinforce basic motor
skills but teaches children about things they are
thankful for. Also you can tie this into a theme
about Authors and Illustrators. I know my
children were really excited to be called
illustrators after this activity.
A Thankfulness Bag.
Get a brown paper
lunch bag. On the front, make a picture of a
turkey holding a sign that says "Made
by:" with a spot for the child's name.
On the inside are 2
pieces of paper. One says:
Thank you for your
loving care And the kindness that you share, For
helping me to learn and grow, And showing me all
that you know. That's why I just want to say,
"THANK YOU" in the biggest way!
On the second sheet
Ingredients 1. A rubber band - to keep our hearts
tied together always 2. A candy kiss - to say
thank you for all your love. 3. A penny - to say
thank you for sharing my thoughts and letting me
know they are important to you. 4. A warm fuzzy
(small piece of furry fabric) - to make you feel
good when you are sad, like you always do for me.
5. An adhesive bandage - to say thank you for all
the times you make my hurts feel better. 6. A
facial tissue - to say thank you for all the
times you dry my tears. 7. A piece of Lifesavers
candy - a circle to show that my love for you
will never end.
Have all these
items on hand for the children to put in their
just found your Thanksgiving part of your site
but I thought I would share something that I have
been doing for the last few years and my kids
really love it. I found a Turkey pattern in
Teacher Created Materials one year. With this
pattern was a letter to the parents inviting them
to participate with their child in a Turkey
decorating contest. We usually pass the pattern
out the first week in November and ask that they
be decorated in any fashion by the third week.
This project involves the whole family. On the
third week just before Thanksgiving vacation we
place them on a bulletin board and have several
teachers judge the project. We award 1st, 2nd,
and 3rd prize on the Thanksgiving Day program
when the parents and grandparents are invited to
eat lunch. The 2nd and 1st graders really look
forward to getting into 3rd grade for this
reason. Janna Tipton 3rd grade/librarian
copies of a turkey picture, place on number on
each turkey. Around the turkey, place artificial
feathers for the students to put onto the turkey
picture to correspond to the number. Students
could also make their own turkey picture and draw
the correct number of feathers on the turkey
on the Teaching Heart MAilring
It's time for Holiday Homework! Your child is
bringing home a
construction paper turkey today. Please cut out
the turkey shape and
help your child DISGUISE Tom Turkey as a
different animal or
character in hopes of avoiding being caught for
dinner! Please use any items you find in your
home to create your
turkey's disguise. Some suggestions for
disguising the turkey may
be: a sheep, a cat, Superman, a pilgrim or
Indian, etc. Please
return these turkeys sometime during the first
week in November.
Good Luck and enjoy working on this project with
And here's the poem I put outside.
~~My name is Tom Turkey and I'm afraid as can
~~I'm wearing my disguise so you won't catch
I FOUND THIS FROM ANOTHER TEACHER!! but have
taken the idea and useit for pumpkins and leaves
for October and wreaths for December.
There's a letter
and pattern on this page: http://www.susanezzell.com/november.htm
Ideas and Pictures
4 Ideas Here
is an adorable activity that I used to decorate
the outside of my door. I painted the child's
hand three different colors, brown on the palm,
red on the fingers and orange on the thumb. The
palm was the body of the turkey, the fingers were
the feathers and the thumb was the beak. They
each did a handprint on yellow butcher paper and
I added a beak and legs once they were dry. On
the top of my door I added, "Mrs. Creel is
Thankful For..." I wrote each of their names
beside their turkey. I have received many
compliments on how cute my door turned out!
Posted By Rhonda Russ
Tie Turkey. Ask the parents/guardians to send in
old neck ties for an art project. On a
transparency, blow up a picture of a turkey.
Leaving out the feathers trace the image onto
large paper. Have the children color the turkey.
Each child can then decorate a tie (using all
kinds of collage materials) and these become the
feathers on the turkey. It makes a great bulletin
Make a large turkey
body out of brown wrapping paper with facial
features. Send home a cardboard, cut-out feather
with each child with a note explaining to
decorate it as a family. Everyone will love the
creative and unique effect of all the homemade
feathers. Arrange the feathers behind the turkey
body as they arrive. Some have cereal, candy
corn, glitter, tissue paper, markers, etc.
old ties, in various sizes and colors, staple
them in a fan shape in the middle of your board,
layering them to look like tail feathers, the
more the better. Last, staple a turkey body with
head on to the ties. It's pretty impressive when
you finish up the board with other fall
decorations, pumpkins, etc.
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Some ideas I have
collected from Teaching Heart Mailring!
Ideas: - From Lori
Read The Hoboken Chicken Emergency. The
children will write about what they would do
if they had a 260 pound chicken for
Thanksgiving. (The book is adorable)
2. I give the children suitcase or Mayflower
patterns. They need to pack what they would
take for their trip and why. This is nice in
3. Take shopping bags and cut them into
skins. have the children sue symbols to write
on their "deer skin"
4. Use paper towel tubes to make totem poles.
Each child can make their represent them.
There is an All Aboard Book called Totem
Poles that is nice. I have also had the
children make dream catchers after reading
5. Estimations and measurement with
cranberries (Dry or fresh) Children can guess
how many cranberries long some items are and
then use actually berries to measure.
6. Acrostic Poem using Thanksgiving
7. Have each child make a quilt square
showing something they are thankful for. Put
it together for a class quilt.
8. A Venn diagram of thanksgiving long ago
a Turkey Erase a Rhyme
Turkey on the Board
Pilgrim youd like to meet, then you can
erase his _______ (feet).
If you plan to eat like kings, then you can
erase his _______ (wings).
If hes a Tom, then hes a male.
Why dont you erase his _______ (tail)?
Did you know his feathers are spotty? Please
erase them on his _______ (body).
When he eats, Ive seen him peck. Can
anyone here erase his _______ (neck)?
If you like ketchup in a bottle, then you can
erase his _______ (wattle).
If you look there near his cheek, then you
can erase his _______ (beak).
If you like homemade pumpkin pies, then you
can erase his _______(eyes).
If you like honey on your bread, then you can
erase his _______(head).
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