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Turkey in Disguise / Naked Turkey Project
Old 10-28-2010, 03:56 PM
 
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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.

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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.

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More info, please
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I am not familiar with this, but would love to learn more!
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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!
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Does anyone have a template to use? Do you copy it on card stock?


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Did it with 4th graders
Old 10-29-2010, 01:53 PM
 
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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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i did it last year with my fourth graders!
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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!
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Here's a template.
Old 10-29-2010, 05:25 PM
 
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Took ideas from several websites and changed a few things. It is in Publisher.There are 4 pages.
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Now for the blank Turkey!
Old 10-29-2010, 05:26 PM
 
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Page two---this one i shall print on cardstock.
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Page three
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The rubric is a bit on the primary side---but I'm going to use it for 4th grade anyway!
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And finally...
Old 10-29-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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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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Cute idea
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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.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:48 PM
 
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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!
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Word version?
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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!
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:19 AM
 
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Hope it comes out the same for you all.
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Now the Turkey!
Old 10-30-2010, 07:20 AM
 
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I'd print this on cardstock.
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Turkey rubric
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A little more for primary, but I think will do fine for 4th and above.
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Finally the Turkey writing
Old 10-30-2010, 07:22 AM
 
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Have them do the planning/outline on the back.
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It's perfect
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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!
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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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Old 10-30-2010, 07:59 PM
 
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I have done this project for the past 5 years with my 4th graders. I send it home with a description of some of the turkeys we've decorated in the past. I also send home some sample poems which is what I use. I show the kids some of the ones I've done and then send home the turkey page. They figure out what they want to disguise it as and then we compose a poem when they bring it back. Samples: You might want to buy a ham, I'm not a turkey, I'm a lamb! That would go with a turkey which has been covered in cotton balls and then glue black nose and floppy ears on. These are really cute and I've had some very creative turkeys returned to school. It becomes a challenge when they do something out of the box to make a poem that rhymes, but it's great fun.
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Thank you so much for the help and documents, I think I have almost figured this out!
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:34 AM
 
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I am a fifth grade teacher and I use this project also.
Instead of having them write a descriptive paragraph, we write a letter to a farmer (ex. Farmer Brown), persuading him not to eat the turkey this year.


I send the turkey home to decorate and we do the writing part at school.
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winter....
Old 11-02-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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I love the turkey project....does anyone have something similar that they do for winter?
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I really like this idea! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:20 PM
 
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I do the turkey project with my 5th graders. I teach the voice trait right before and then their writing needs to be from the point of view of the turkey in disguise. Here is a link to last year's turkeys.
http://mrsvogtsclass.shutterfly.com/pictures/178
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:15 PM
 
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I love the idea.... I'm going to try it this year.... I think they students will have a great time with this....THANKS!!
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:06 PM
 
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Gitt, I was also thinking of having my kids write a persuasive piece from the turkey's point of view. Do you have any guidelines or a rubric for your students? Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!
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I have my students write a narrative piece from the turkey's point of view of how they escape from the farmer and embark on a journey to the White House to seek a pardon from the President.
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dina--do you have a handout for this? Sounds great!
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Loved the pictures...Do you happen to have any samples of the writing portion. I would love to have one or two to share with the class when I show them the pictures.
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I didn't use a rubric
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but the kids did a pretty good job without one. I started by reading aloud Pilkey's Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, then we created disguises for our mini turkeys (I printed four to a page)... After that they each chose a different disguise; a chef, a rock star, a hippie, the president and so on. I told them that they were to write a persuasive agrument from their turkey's point of view. I modeled one as a teacher turkey. In mine, the teacher taught her young students the disadvantages to eating turkeys. I wish some had been a bit longer, but overall I thought they used great voice and were creative in their agruments.
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Thanks for all the ideas and examples!!
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Old 11-07-2010, 05:03 PM
 
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This sounds great, could you provide some samples of what they came up with for the writing piece?? Also, do you have a the template for the actual naked turkey?
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Another good book to read when preparing for this project is Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano.
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Thanks so much-Naked Turkey Project
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I am so excited to use your Naked Turkey project idea. I am passing it out to the families today . After sharing with the class- we will put them in the hall and have 1st-3rd graders vote on their favorite--thus having a math class doing tally marks and possibly a bar graph. Thanks for being so generous with this idea. Have a nice Thanksgiving.
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Thanks so much for the template! It was an awesome activity to use!

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