Turkeys are all over the place during the entire month of November. The traditional symbol of our American Thanksgiving provides a fun way to connect the holiday with speech and language goals.
Tales that are good to gobble
Everyone loves to focus on the meal for Thanksgiving. Instead of this, let’s talk about the turkeys. There are many stories that focus their attention on these featured friends. A few possible books include:
- Turkey Trouble – by Wendi Silvano
- 10 Fat Turkeys – by Tony Johnston
- A Plump and Perky Turkey – by Teresa Bateman
- Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving – by Dav Pilkey
- Run, Turkey, Run – by Diane Mayr
- The Great Turkey Race – by Steve Metzger
Take a book walk though these books and predict that the story will be about. Take time to check out each of the turkeys in the story and notice things about them. Include vocabulary that is relevant and practice asking and answering different types of questions.
Save the turkeys
Chat with kids about what Thanksgiving means to them. Ask them if they have a traditional meal with their families. Most likely, turkey will pop up into the conversation. Ask them what would happen if the turkeys went into hiding at the start of November and could not be found for the traditional meal. What would be the ideal disguise for a turkey on the run from Thanksgiving? This activity will allow for time to talk through and model what is being done to hide their turkey in a disguise.
Give everyone their own turkey outline on a sheet of heavy paper. In the center of the group, have a variety of items to make turkey feathers and disguises for the turkeys. This should include things like construction paper, sequins, beads, glitter glue, tissue paper, stickers, items to color, and anything else available. Each child must make a costume for their own turkey that will help it to hide with the disguise.
To involve families at home, send home another turkey as a home project. Include clear translations of the project so multilingual individuals will be able to participate. Ask them to send in the extra turkey on a specific date. When the new disguised turkeys arrive, have a Thanksgiving day turkey parade where everyone walks around and tells something about their new feathered friend.
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