Thanksgiving Turkey Glyph: Gather & Interpret Data, Read & Follow Directions

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This turkey glyph for Thanksgiving is an excellent activity for reading and following directions, and requires problem solving, communication, and data organization. Students color or put different items on a turkey based on information about themselves. Students are to finish the turkey glyph using the seven categories listed below.

1) Draw a hat on the turkey (girl or a boy?)

2) Creating a color pattern for pets or no pets.

3) Coloring the wings based on whether or not they wear glasses.

4) Writing a Thanksgiving greeting based on how many live in their house.

5) Do you like reading or watching TV the best?

6) How they get to school. (ride or walk?)

7) Pumpkins (number of letters in first name?)

Examples of the first two categories can be viewed on the preview version of the handout. So that each student has the same picture to begin with, a printable outline of a turkey is provided on page five of this activity.

At the end of the activity is a completed turkey glyph. Reading the completed glyph and interpreting the information represented is a skill that requires deeper thinking by the student.  Students must be able to analyze the information presented in visual form. A glyph such as this one is very appropriate to use in the data management strand of math.

If you like this glyph, you also may want to purchase:

Back to School Glyph

Pumpkin Glyph for Fall or Halloween

Snowman Glyph

Groundhog Day Glyph

Pot of Gold Glyph for St. Patrick's Day

Bunny Glyph for Spring or Easter

You can purchase all of my glyphs in a bundle. By buying the bundle instead of each glyph individually, you save about 20%. Check it out at:

Glyph Bundle - Gathering and Interpreting Data

Total Pages
8 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.


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