November provides so many fun thematic teaching opportunities! Books are a great way to introduce standards in other curricular areas.
A Turkey for Thanksgiving is a delightful story about the Moose family at Thanksgiving. The whimsical illustrations are totally engaging and add a sweet charm to this story.
The story begins with Mrs. Moose getting reading for Thanksgiving dinner and wishing she had a ‘turkey for Thanksgiving’. Mr. Moose is determined that she shall have her turkey and sets out to find one for her.
He is joined by many friends in his search, and we can see that Mr. Turkey does NOT want to be found! (He has even posted signs to deter any hunters!)
There is a surprise ending when Mr. Moose brings home the turkey for Thanksgiving! Your students will be quite relieved as Mr. Turkey is invited to join the family and friends AT the dinner table, not FOR dinner.
I use this story to launch various ‘Thanksgiving’ cross-curricular activities:
Reading: Retelling the story
Spelling: Word making with the word: Thanksgiving
Poetry: Acrostic Poem
Math: Turkey Fractions
The Turkey Fractions activity is one of my favorite fall activities and is part of a larger unit on fractions. Click on the picture below to see more of this creative way to incorporate math into this busy time of year!