Turkey Trouble activities for kindergarten and 1st grade. Lesson plans and activities for this fun Thanksgiving book and turkey unit.
You can download a free lesson plan template at the end of this blog post.
Turkey Trouble, written by Wendi Silvano, is a great book to read in November. Students will enjoy this fun book about Turkey and his idea to disguise himself as various farm animals to hide from Farmer Jake. He does NOT want to become Thanksgiving dinner so our main character gets creative. In the end, he comes up with the perfect disguise, a pizza delivery man! Young readers will giggle at all of his hilarious attempts to escape his fate as the main course.
This is one of our favorite read alouds so I hope you enjoy this adorable story too!
Turkey Trouble Read Aloud Video
There is no substitute for the action picture book, but at times, it is great to have another model of reading fluency! Here a great video of this book and it is read by Marc Maron.
This Thanksgiving book is so engaging for students We JUST love Turkey!!! His actions are ripe for discussion.
Turkey Trouble Close Reading Activities
We start the week’s book companion activities with students making predictions. We love to see the way students put their thinking to paper. Some students in kindergarten children will often express themselves with illustrations, while others will lean into their transcription skills.
As students develop more literacy skills, you will see beginning sounds and soon more meaning made with the words they write.
Turkey Trouble Retelling Activities
Day 2 of Turkey Trouble is all about retelling the text details. First, we put the images of the story in order. Then students turn to their partners to practice oral retelling. If a student needs support, they can look at the whole group display to help them. This oral rehearsing is SO good for their oral language. Regardless of the book you use, please try to work this type of lesson in daily! Students need time for oral language activities.
This effective and fun activity can easily be uploaded to your Google Classroom, so you can have students work independently with their digital versions.
After practicing with a partner, then students complete their own retelling activity.
Turkey Trouble Activities Informational Text
We have included an informational text about turkeys. On day 3, we work on our schema building. Students share in the building of this anchor chart. The nonfiction book is a perfect addition to our Thanksgiving activities.
Then students complete a response page as well. As you can see, each day, students work on answering comprehension questions and thinking about what they have learned.
Turkey Trouble Digital Activities
If you have the Digital version of our Engaging Readers Turkey Trouble, then we have preloaded these response pages to Seesaw. In this way, these low prep book-based activity pages are ready for your digital classroom.
ARTS AND FUN CRAFTS ACTIVITIES FOR TURKEY TROUBLE
We love a good craft or two… or three… This is an easy turkey directed drawing. Directed drawings are a great way to build your students’s confidence.
Your students will have so much fun making their own clever turkey.
Here is a whole bulletin board full of turkeys!
These watercolor turkeys are fun. Check out these fat turkeys!
TURKEY TROUBLE SCIENCE, MATH, AND MORE
A few years ago, we created STEM activities and centers to go with our Engaging Readers. This is the STEM activity for Turkey Trouble. You will find the directions and the printable activities in the November unit.
These students are checking the force of wind with a turkey baster and measuring.
And here are a few Turkey Trouble related activities for center time. They are differentiated so you can meet the needs of your class.
Here are a few ready to go worksheets for math activities too!
Turkey Trouble Book Series
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