Let’s Talk Turkeys
The turkey gets a lot of attention during the month of November for a very important reason. Kids in the United States recognize this symbol and will enjoy spending time in sessions learning more about these feathered creatures from Thanksgiving. Be sure to ask students whether their Thanksgiving tradition or another may include a turkey.
Turkey Tales for Talking Points
Books are always a wonderful way to encourage students to get actively engaged in a session. Most adore listening to a great story and then extending the time with an activity related to it. Remember to think about extension options when you pick out a turkey tale. It could be a turkey motor game out in a field, a craft to work on fine motor skills, an extension of the book with a group talk, or more.
Check in with your local librarian for new books which include turkeys in them. Some possibilities to begin with are:
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey by Lucille Colandro
- A Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah
- Turkey Trouble – by Wendi Silvano
- I’m a Turkey by Jim Arnosky
- 10 Turkeys in the Road by Brenda Reeves Sturgis
- Not This Turkey! by Jessica Steinberg
- Where’s the Turkey? by Caroline Jones
- Over the River – A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson
- Too Many Turkeys by Linda White
- A Plump and Perky Turkey – by Teresa Bateman
Each of these books is a great starting point for your sessions. If you are working on speech and language goals, spin-off on sounds, vocabulary, or turkey bingo with whatever speech and language goal kids are working on. Some students may need extra work sequencing. Draw scenes from the book and practice putting them in the proper order.
Turkey Disguise Time
Since turkeys are a fan favorite, get the kids involved in something a bit different. Give each child their own blank turkey print out. Now it is their job to disguise the turkey so that it will be safe for Thanksgiving.
Provide a variety of art and craft supplies to encourage a lot of creativity. Include markers, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, stickers, colorful feathers, glitter, gems, and anything else which you may have around. Allow a session for them to plan out and change their turkeys into something completely different. Kids may make their turkey into a comic book hero, a person at school, family member, or another animal. The sky is the limit and they should be encouraged to try different things. Some disguised turkey examples are shown on JD’s Rockin’ Readers.
Guess Who Turkey Costumes
To get everyone excited, have a Disguised Turkey Talent Show. This will get the kids involved and allow them to come out of their shell. This could be for the next session so they have a little time to prepare. Tell them that they will need to act out and introduce their hidden turkey. The audience then has to guess who or what their turkey is supposed to be.
If there is time, invite parents to participate. Send home some blank turkeys and ask them to join your group for the fun. This will encourage teamwork with families and school. Be sure to explain the project so all families understand the purpose for your individual group. For those who are multilingual, be sure they have translations which may be needed.
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