All I ever have to do to get my kiddos highly motivated and excited to write, is put a little bit of craftiness into the project.
With that in mind, I designed this "Thankful Turkey Wheel”, which does the trick in getting them happily engaged, and right down to business.
As a pre-writing activity, students make a list of 4-6 things that they are thankful for.
When they are content with their final draft, they write this on the turkey-topped paper, then assemble their wheel and illustrate those “things” on it.
Students can also use stickers, pictures cut out from magazines, digital clip art, or perhaps real photographs. For example if they are thankful for their family they could glue down a family photograph.
There are 3 wheels to choose from:
A simpler 3-piece wheel for younger children who’d skip the writing portion, as well as a 4 and 6-sectioned wheel for older students.
You can keep things simple with just the head and body of the turkey, or you can add some 3D pop by adding a wattle, beak and wings. (See my sample in the PREVIEW).
For more writing practice, have students label their pictures.
Completed wheels and prompts make a sweet bulletin board. I’ve included a “Let our lives be full of Thanks and Giving” poster for the center of your display.
Be sure and make your own, to help explain what you want your students to do, as well as share with them, what you’re thankful for.
Pressed for time? For your convenience, I've included my completed, full-color samples of both the wheel and writing prompt.
I also have a Pilgrim and Native American boy and girl “Thankful Wheel” packet.
Give your students a choice of all 5 and buy the BUNDLE.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a turkey-rific fall.
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