November provides so many fun thematic teaching opportunities! Books are a great way to introduce standards in other curricular areas.
A Turkey for Thanksgiving is a delightful story about the Moose family at Thanksgiving. The whimsical illustrations are totally engaging and add a sweet charm to this story.
How to Use it in Your Classroom
BEFORE READING: Making Predictions & Accessing Schema
Before you read the story, help the students access their prior knowledge of Thanksgiving:
- How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?
- Do you have any special foods at Thanksgiving?
- Do you have special guests come for Thanksgiving?
DURING READING: Beginning
The story begins with Mrs. Moose getting reading for Thanksgiving dinner and wishing she had a ‘turkey for Thanksgiving'. Mr. Moose is determined that she shall have her turkey and sets out to find one for her.
- Why do you think Mrs. Moose wants a ‘turkey for Thanksgiving'?
- Why do most people want a ‘turkey for Thanksgiving'?
Give each of your students a copy of the Free Book Companion Flap book for them to write or draw about the story's:
DURING READING: Middle
Mr. Moose is joined by many friends in his search.
- Does it look like Mr. Turkey wants to be found?
- What are the clues from the picture that make you think that?
(He is hiding and has posted signs to deter the hunters.
DURING READING: End
There is a surprise ending when Mr. Moose brings home the turkey for Thanksgiving!
Your students will be quite relieved as Mr. Turkey is invited to join the family and friends AT the dinner table, not FOR dinner.
AFTER READING: Reflecting & Extending Learning
The Turkey Fractions activity is one of my favorite fall activities and is part of a larger unit on fractions. Click on the picture below to see more of this creative way to incorporate math into this busy time of year.
These Turkey fractions also make a stunning fall bulletin board!
Are you looking for an engaging Fall Craftivity with educational value!
Here it is! Your students will love interacting with fractions with this hands-on turkey feather fraction craftifity!
I have also included 2 Anchor Posters to use as you review/teach fractions. If your time is limited, I have included a quick print & make option.
Task Cards – don’t you love the flexibility of task cards!? They can be used for so many engaging activities!
1. Math Centers
2. Solve the Room / Math Movers
7. Around the World
8. Use with Game Boards
9. Early finishers