Looking for a fun way for your students to practice main ideas and details? Or do you need a cute Thanksgiving project to display? Look no further! This activity is a great resource for your students to practice finding main ideas and details in a fun way!
This file includes 8 different turkey templates for you to choose from, both in color and black and white, two separate reading passages on turkeys and the history of Thanksgiving, task cards that give step-by-step directions that you can print off or display for students to follow, and a “cake” graphic organizer I like to use with my students to record information from a passage on the topic, main idea, and supporting details. This has been a helpful tool for students to see how authors expand information from the topic (1-2 words), to the main idea about the topic (what’s the big idea the author wants you to understand about the topic), and what details support the main idea and prove it to be true. You can let students pick which passage they want to read and do it independently, or you could put students in small groups or pairs and let them collaborate on the project.
You can do this craft a few different ways depending on how you want the final product to look:
1. Print a white turkey and Use watercolor paint to make colorful turkeys! This would work best with the turkey template with separate feathers (pages 6-8 of this file). Students can paint the feathers different colors to make a pattern. After painting turkeys sit them aside to let them dry for about 45 minutes, then cut them out. Students can write the main idea and details with marker directly onto the body & feathers.
2. Print a white turkey, have students write the main idea on the body and details on the feathers. Then, students can color around their writing with crayons, colored pencils, or markers.
3. Print a colored turkey, have students write the main idea on the body and details on the feathers, then cut it out.
I hope you and your students enjoy making your turkey crafts! :)