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Turkey Trouble Lesson Ideas for Kindergarten Art

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 by Wendi Silvano

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 by Wendi Silvano
Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

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.

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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.

Turkey Trouble Retelling Activities

After practicing with a partner, then students complete their own retelling activity.

Turkey Trouble Retelling Activities
Turkey Trouble Retelling Activities
Turkey Trouble Retelling Activities

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.

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Turkey Trouble Activities | Thanksgiving Book Ideas 27
You can see the informational book about turkeys in this picture.

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.

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TURKEY TROUBLE WEEK-LONG READ LESSON ACTIVITIES

You can find these read-aloud lesson activities in our Engaging Readers units:

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.

Turkey Trouble Retelling Activities
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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.

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Your students will have so much fun making their own clever turkey.

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Turkey Trouble Activities | Thanksgiving Book Ideas 32

Here is a whole bulletin board full of turkeys!

Turkey Trouble Activity Craft

These watercolor turkeys are fun. Check out these fat turkeys!

Turkey Trouble Activity Craft
Turkey Trouble Activity Craft
Turkey Trouble Activity Craft
Turkey Trouble Activity Craft

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.

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Turkey Trouble Activities | Thanksgiving Book Ideas 34

And here are a few Turkey Trouble related activities for center time. They are differentiated so you can meet the needs of your class.

Turkey Trouble Center Activities
Turkey Trouble Center Activities
Turkey Trouble Center Activities

Here are a few ready to go worksheets for math activities too!

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Turkey Trouble Activities | Thanksgiving Book Ideas 36

TURKEY TROUBLE WEEK-LONG READ LESSON ACTIVITIES

You can find these read-aloud lesson as well as other teaching resources in our Engaging Readers units:

Turkey Trouble Book Series

In addition to this classic Thanksgiving book, there are even more silly antics with Turkey in these literature companions (Amazon affiliate link):

Turkey Trouble Free Lesson Plan Template

You can download this free template by clicking HERE.

 
Turkey Trouble Lesson Plan Tempalte

Check out some other blog posts with lesson ideas for November:

Turkey Trouble Lesson Ideas for Kindergarten Art

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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  1. Thank you for providing this blog entry. We have a tricky time understanding the black and white pictures sometimes and seeing the retelling strips in action really helps me, help them!
    That is a great reading for distance learning, too!

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