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Turkey in Disguise / Naked Turkey Project

Language Arts | Writing 

tcb365

Senior Member
Do any of use the Turkey in Disguise Project with 4th/5th graders?

I'm planning it as an at home project in November, and want to be able to give the parents specific writing requirements for this project. I'd like to do it as a persuasive writing piece, by having my students convince the reader that their turkey isn't a turkey at all, and that it shouldn't be eaten for Thanksgiving.

I was wondering if anyone else did it this way and if they had any kind of a rubric, scoring sheet, or guidelines they send home for parents.

Thanks....
 
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Tulips

Senior Member
naked turkey

I did it as a send home project last year with my 4th graders and they turned out really cute! I didn't do the writing part though, I'll add that on this year.
Thanks for the reminder, I had forgotten about this project.

Tulips
 

INteach6

Senior Member
We just completed our projects this week (short week, field trip, so it was a great activity, and looks great on our bulletin board). I teach sixth graders and they had so much fun. I could not believe how creative they really were. We wrote a persuasive piece, such as the one you described.

I think your 4th/5th graders will really enjoy it!
 

pooh_girl

Senior Member
Did it with 4th graders

at home and they loved it - most of them. They were very creative and I kept the writing component very low key so it could be more of a fun project at home. We hung them out in the hallway.
 
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pxydst07

Senior Member
i did it last year with my fourth graders!

I did the writing along with the turkey and they turned out good. I have the template
and information at home. I'm not there right now but I will gladly post when I get home if nobody else has!
 

Seussical

Senior Member
Here's a template.

Took ideas from several websites and changed a few things. It is in Publisher.There are 4 pages.
 
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Seussical

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Now for the blank Turkey!

Page two---this one i shall print on cardstock.
 
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Seussical

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Page three

The rubric is a bit on the primary side---but I'm going to use it for 4th grade anyway!
 
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Seussical

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And finally...

The page for their writing---from the turkey's point of view. I shall have the brainstorming/planning be done on the back of this page.
 
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mimi6

Senior Member
Cute idea

Had anyone used this with 7th graders (or would you)? Too immature? We usually write the Don't kill Tom Turkey Essay but this would be cute, too.
 

Tulips

Senior Member
Naked Turkey

Seussical,
Thanks for posting the Naked Turkey templates. My flash drive crashed and burned and I needed to find it again and here it is!

Thanks!
Tulips
 

Gitt

Full Member
Word version?

I would love to do this with my class but can't open it in Publisher... Is there anyone who can convert it to a Word document? Thanks!
 

Seussical

Senior Member
Turkey rubric

A little more for primary, but I think will do fine for 4th and above.
 
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Seussical

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Finally the Turkey writing

Have them do the planning/outline on the back.
 
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Gitt

Full Member
It's perfect

thanks Seussical! I am thinking of shrinking the turkey and completing him in class. Then, I am planning on making the writing prompt weigh heavier... Maybe 5 paragraphs not only about the disguise, but more a persuasive piece as to why they should eat something else. There is a picture book I used to read aloud to my second grade class- I think it's called the Night Before Thanksgiving where a class goes on a field trip to a farm and end up saving the turkeys by sneaking them home. I might open the assignment with that. Anyway, thanks again!
 

Seussical

Senior Member
Gitt

Like your suggestions! Thanks! I ordered the book---The Night Before Thanksgiving and I have it off the net as a Readers' Theater---thought I'd have my kids do that!
 

 

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