I began this mini-unit by teaching my students about the parts of the paragraph. I decided to adapt the OREO model I kept seeing on Pinterest to the needs of my own students, and came up with this:
It's not perfect, but totally resonated with my students! Next, I made our learning goal and success criteria explicitly clear:
And now, the fun begins! I read the book "The Great Turkey Race" to my kiddos.
They LOVED it!! My students thought the silly turkeys in the story who were vying to become THE Thanksgiving turkey were hilarious!
When the story was finished, we discussed what it would be like to be a Thanksgiving turkey at this time of the year. What a fun chat that was! Their ideas were so cute!!
Were they ever ready to write after this!!
Finally, we prepared our own Thanksgiving turkeys... really!! I took a photo of each student and had them developed prior to this lesson. We cut out their faces and THEY became the turkeys! They had so much fun decorating these! Take a look at the final products! (I wish I could show their little faces!)
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Find more Thanksgiving activities and resources on this Pinterest board: