A Time For Turkeys

We have been busy this month!!  We’ve been learning about a little bit of everything from turkeys, to pilgrims, to the Mayflower.  Here are just a couple of little things we’ve been doing with turkeys…with LOTS more to come!!!

We were working on “long a” this week and our chunks were –ake, –ate, & –ave.  So I made these fun little word family turkeys and had the kids write words to match each turkey on colorful little feathers!  They LOVED it!!


I also included a set of turkeys with nothing typed in the bellies….just incase you’d want to program them yourself :)wordfamilyturkeys


We read the book, Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving…nightbeforethxgvg

…and followed up with this fun little activity!  One of the teachers on our team had this fun little turkey template, so I had the kids make their own turkeys and then wrote a little “picket sign” for the turkeys to hold…Chick Fil A style ;)  Each of their signs started with, “Eat more…” and they had to fill in the rest.  You can’t see it too well, but this one says, “Eat more mackinchees!” {mac & cheese}.  Then we hung them from the ceiling!


We’re also in the midst of preparing for our big Thanksgiving feast next week, so we had the kids do a little handwriting/art activity that will be laminated and used as their placemats for the feast.  They turned out so dang cute!!



I love this time of year!!


  1. Your blog in awesome! I want to be just like YOU! I know you love fonts as much as I do so I hope you don't mind me asking which one you used on the suitcases? Looks like a DJ but I can't place it. Thanks for sharing so many terrific ideas and the downloads are amazing! You ROCK!

  2. Thank you very much for the wonderful ideas and downloads. I am having difficulty downloading the word family turkeys. I am not sure if I am the only one having a problem. Thanks again!

  3. Mrs. B ~ I used CK Handprint on the suitcases! I'm sure it was a free download, but I can't remember from where?!?!? Google it and you should be able to find it!!

  4. question for you! did you have all of the kids write the same little poem for the thanksgiving placemats? If so, did you have them do a first draft or you wrote what you wanted them to write on the board?

  5. Wow, this is an amazing site! I teach English as a second language in Asia...and now I'm inspired to do so much more. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  6. I would love a copy of the Skip Counting Turkey from mailbox...

  7. Your word family turkeys are so cute! Thanks for the freebie! I am a student teacher of 24 first graders. We are going to do this activity with their spelling words on Monday! This will be much more fun than the original cut-and-paste word sort that was originally planned. I'm sure they are going to love making these little turkeys!