I am extremely excited to be a part of this month’s Books Teachers Love giveaway! For my Thanksgiving-inspired book, I chose 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston.
The book’s repeated phrases and silly rhymes are perfect for my emergent readers. Plus, we get to practice counting down from ten, just in time for our upcoming subtraction unit.
To introduce this book, I made turkey count-down sticks, which can be found here.
I taped one turkey onto a popsicle stick and taped a number onto the back. You will have 10 turkeys total, with numbers 0-9 on the back of them.
I then took my 10 turkey popsicle sticks and poked them through the bottom of a Styrofoam egg carton, keeping them in ascending order from 0-9. All 10 turkeys will be facing the students as you introduce the story.
As the turkeys fall off the fence, turn the popsicle sticks around to reveal the number of remaining turkeys. My students LOVE yelling out the next number, especially since they correspond with the rhyming words in the book!
After we have finished reading the book, we make our annual turkey cookies!
For these cookies each student will need:
- 1 sugar cookie
- small cup of chocolate frosting
- 11 pieces of candy corn (10 for feathers and 1 for the beak)
- 2 Froot Loops (for the eyes)
- 2 mini m&m’s (for the pupils, which are optional)
I love this activity because we get to practice counting out the ingredients as we put them on. And the kids love this activity because it is delicious!