How to Catch a Turkey Activities

Dive into an exciting educational bounty with our How to Catch a Turkey activities! From vocabulary games to STEM challenges, this pack serves up a delicious spread of learning that pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving read-alouds. 

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41 pages

Grades PreK-3


Gobble up some fun this Thanksgiving season with our How to Catch a Turkey activities! We’re talking turkey—educational turkey that is! A feast for the imagination, these Thanksgiving activities will have your students squawking for seconds while serving up a cornucopia of learning. 

Our How to Catch a Turkey activities are more than just festive fun-they’re educational extravaganzas! Gobble up those literacy skills by matching rhyme pairs, sequencing the story, identifying character traits, and parts of speech. Plus, mini booklets and writing templates add the gravy to your students’ growing writing skills.

But wait, there’s more! Feather your nest with STEM, too. Start by designing a turkey as a school mascot to flex those imaginative muscles. Get those little wings working on fine motor skills with coloring, tracing, cutting, and gluing activities. And for our budding engineers and cartographers, we’ve included a hide-and-seek turkey map and a turkey trap design challenge.

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • design turkey as a school mascot.
  • match rhyming pairs.
  • sequence the story.
  • write character traits that describe turkey.
  • write nouns, verbs, and adjectives related to the story.
  • sort words in alphabetical order.
  • define story vocabulary.
  • make mini booklets.
  • apply writing skills with included writing templates and prompts.
  • practice reading comprehension with included discussion questions for beginning, middle, and end of the book.
  • engage in social skills with included whole group prompts and activities.
  • develop fine motor skills with included coloring, tracing, cutting, and gluing activities.
  • design a hide-and-seek turkey map.
  • complete a directed drawing of a turkey. 
  • design a turkey trap. 

From directed turkey drawings to top-notch traps, these activities are sure to make your classroom’s Thanksgiving season a learning feast to remember! 

💙 Hungry for more engaging learning adventures? Feather your lesson plans with these gobble-tastic activities!

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About the Book

The day before a Thanksgiving play, a turkey runs loose in a school. Can YOU help catch it so the show can go on? Students turn their school upside down in order to catch the turkey, ending with a twist that ensures no turkeys are harmed (or eaten). A silly story and fun illustrations combine STEAM concepts with this hilariously zany children's picture book. 

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