Turkey Tales

Turkey Tales lesson plan

Invent imaginative Turkey Tales in a round-robin storytelling circle.

  • 1.

    Organize students into groups of 3 or 4 members. Inform the class that today each member of the class will be part of a group of storytellers composing Turkey Tales. In preparation for this activity, have each student cut one or two long turkey feathers from colored construction paper using Crayola® Scissors. Provide feather templates for students, if needed.

  • 2.

    Student storytellers sit in a circle. Have members of each group discuss what their group's story will be about. If needed, have student pose possible topics such as a turkey race, a turkey's dream, a turkey family, etc.

  • 3.

    Ask the first student in each group to write a first sentence for a story on a tail feather with Crayola Metallic Colored Pencils. Adults can be available to assist with writing as needed.

  • 4.

    The group's feather is passed to the next member in the group. This student reads the sentence on the first feather and adds a new sentence to the story on a new feather, thus extending the story. This continues until all members of the group have contributed to the story and the story appears complete. Go around the circle several times for extra feathery fun. How many feathers, or sentences, are in the story?

  • 5.

    When finished, students glue the ends of the group's feathers together with Crayola Glue Sticks. Display stories for classmates to read.

Standards

  • LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • LA: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
  • LA: Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano; Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon; Sometimes It's Turkey, Sometimes It's Feathers by Lorna Balian & Lecian Balian
  • Students work collaboratively to write a creative story about a turkey who escaped being the main course at a holiday dinner. Students illustrate significant scenes from their story. Be prepared to present stories to classmates.
  • Students write an original story color-coded with the feathers. Assign a color to each character in the story. Whenever you see that color feather, the information must be about the character assigned to that color.