How to Cook a Turkey: November Writing Prompt Activity for Thanksgiving

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
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Looking for a fun (and entertaining) way to work on procedural writing? This How to Cook a Turkey writing activity is perfect as you prepare for Thanksgiving Break in November. Great for a Thanksgiving display or to create a class book, this November writing prompt comes with multiple options for the final draft to allow you to differentiate based on your class.

Take your students from brainstorming using a graphic organizer to drafting, editing, revising, and creating a final version. You can even give them the opportunity to build 21st Century Skills by having learners record their own cooking show based on their book or allowing them to create a digital slideshow of their recipe steps.

This mini-unit is always a blast because students have all sorts of crazy ideas of what temperature to cook the turkey at, how to prepare it, and how long it should cook.

Your download includes:

✔ Brainstorming web to help your learners generate ideas

✔ Sequencing organizer to allow students to begin to lay out the important steps

✔ Draft paper to help students turn their ideas into a procedural writing piece

✔ Final copy templates that are great for bulletin board displays or to make a book

This writing activity can be used for:

  • whole group writing instruction
  • Thanksgiving centers or language arts stations
  • emergency sub plans
  • bulletin board displays

Final product options include:

  • Single page format to create whole-class book
  • Mini-book format with cover & about the author section
  • Craft version with turkey topper & cut and paste sections
  • Turkey template version - write your composition inside the turkey shape

Here's what teachers like you had to say about this activity...

♥ Our class had so much fun with this! It was surprising to see who knew how to cook a turkey and who truly did not have any idea. - Jennifer

♥ I love how you provide differentiation for the activity. It is so helpful to be able to make adjustments and support all my learners with this fun project. -Tracy

♥ This was so much fun! I can't believe how engaged my students were through the whole project. They loved sharing their recipes and it made a fun holiday writing activity. - Ashley


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