Shake your tail feathers! This activity is a fun way to incorporate Thanksgiving turkeys into a math lesson about money! First, your students will need to create turkey tail feathers by using colored pattern blocks.* Then, they'll use this tracking sheet to help record the total number of each shape they used as well as to calculate the total value of their turkey's tail! (I had my students color in each pattern block shape as we went through the directions together, so that's why the shapes are blank on the record sheet.) Each shape is worth a certain amount, so based on the number of each shape used, students will determine how much each feather (i.e. each shape) is worth as well as the total value of their turkey's tail!
*A quick Google search of "printable pattern blocks blackline masters" will return several results for printable shapes. I printed each page of shapes on colored paper, but you could also print shapes on white paper and have students color them in. Most traditional manipulative pattern blocks use yellow for hexagons, red for trapezoids, orange for squares, beige for the skinny rhombi, green for triangles, and blue for bigger rhombi.