A “Turkey-rrific” Thanksgiving Writing Activity


It is almost Thanksgiving Week, and my kids were wondering whether we will ever do something artsy with a Thanksgiving theme, like making turkey paper crafts.  One of my 3rd graders suggested, “Let’s color some turkeys!”  Of course I did not want to let them down, so I decided  to give my lesson a Thanksgiving twist, sort of.  As a result, I titled our bulletin board, “Have a Turkey-rrific Thanksgiving!”  My students loved it!

Interestingly, my latest lesson was on CAUSE and EFFECT.  Using my Cause and Effect anchor chart, cause and effect match up game using pictures, plus a read-aloud of “If You Give a Dog a Donut,”  we discussed cause and effect relationships.  The final independent work:  A cause and effect writing activity using a turkey template, which I found from Havefunteaching.com.  I asked students to create their own stories using “If You Give a Dog a Donut” as a model.  I emphasized that their title should have an animal and food with the same beginning letters, e.g. horse – hamburger, lion – lollipop, etc.  It was amazing how my students thought of really interesting titles.  

If You Give a Dog a Donut

If You Give a Dog a Donut

The template has 3 pages:  A title page, an illustration page, and the writing page.  

Sample  "Cause and Effect" Title Page

Sample “Cause and Effect” Title Page

Sample "Cause and Effect" Illustration Page

Sample “Cause and Effect” Illustration Page

Sample "Cause and Effect Paragraph Page

Sample “Cause and Effect Paragraph Page

You can use a scoring rubric like the one I created below to grade your students’ work:

Cause and Effect Scoring Rubric

Cause and Effect Scoring Rubric

Check out the pictures below to see how my students did their writing project:

My 3rd Grade Students at Work!

My 3rd Grade Students at Work!

Writing their Cause and Effect Using a Turkey Template

Writing their Cause and Effect Using a Turkey Template

Illustration page for their cause and effect writing activity

Illustration page for their cause and effect writing activity

And this is our “Turkey-rrific” Thanksgiving bulletin board,  My students are so proud of their work:  (Note: There’s a typo error on the title, which I’m going to correct tomorrow.)

Out "Turkey-rrific" Thanksgiving Bulletin Board

Our “Turkey-rrific” Thanksgiving Bulletin Board

Thank you to havefunteaching.com for their terrific freebies!  You can visit their site here to download the Thanksgiving Writing Paper – Turkey Outline on their Holiday Worksheets page.

I just hit two birds with one stone on this project:  My kids got what they wanted:  to color  some turkeys, and I got to let them write their cause and effect stories.  Go ahead and let your students have fun before the Thanksgiving Break.

Let’s all have a turkey-rrific Thanksgiving!

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