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Holidays Around the World,  Teaching Ideas

Turkey Trouble!

I love teaching about turkeys at Thanksgiving and using a turkey theme to enhance our units. These majestic looking strange birds are so fascinating. With younger students we start by reading a non-fiction book.

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Then we go on to make these fun 3D turkey books, complete with feathers! They can stand up – makes a great Thanksgiving centerpiece! You can get them here from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Another fun craft are these turkey glyphs. We use them to record the food we like (and don’t like). Parents adore these – without fail every year we have a featherless turkey for those picky eaters. The included glyph key is displayed alongside the turkeys so that we can read our data.

Scoot is a fun way to get everyone moving around! If you haven’t played it before you can learn all about it here and download a FREE turkey themed number bond game to try out!

Thanksgiving turkey activities for lower elementary.  Crafts, Glyphs and math games.

Of course, we can’t forget the basics, even if it is Thanksgiving, and making sure our littles can identify and name letters is a bit more fun with these cute name turkeys!

editable personalized turkey name recognition craft

So simple to make – the resource is editable so that each turkey is personalized with the students’ names! Bold lines for cutting, and lots of coloring and gluing – a great way to incorporate fine motor skills with name building!

We always seem to be comparing numbers around November, so this math game is perfect for using up that old candy corn from Halloween! Just be sure that your students don’t eat any…

Comparing numbers Thanksgiving game for math
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