Turkey Trap Thanksgiving STEM Activity How to Catch a Turkey

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Carly and Adam STEM
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1st - 5th, Homeschool
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Integrate STEM in your classroom this Thanksgiving Season!

Students discover how to catch a turkey as they design and build a their very own Turkey Trap! Increase problem solving and engineering skills through this engaging Thanksgiving STEM challenge.

An excellent companion activity to the book How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace.

Students plan, design, and execute their own ideas. After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't.

Aligns with the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).


  • Teacher Instructions for Turkey Trap
  • Student Instructions for Turkey Trap
  • Student Planning Pages
  • Student Testing Page
  • Student Reflection Sheet
  • NGSS Standards
  • TpT Digital Tool Activity Version for Google Classroom

Materials Needed




-Pipe Cleaners


-How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace (optional)

What teachers are saying about this STEM Activity!

"My class was so engaged! I can not wait to do this activity every year!"

"This was such a good idea. I used with my 1st graders the week before Thanksgiving and they loved it!"

"This is the first STEM activity I am going to use with my 2nd Graders this year. I know they are going to have a blast. I can't wait to see it in action. I also love the STEM planning booklet you have included. It will be wonderful for them to be able to take them home and share the activity with their parents. I am going to print out pictures of their "turkey trap" to glue on the inside cover. It will also be a great keepsake. Thank you!"

"Did a family stem challenge for Thanksgiving. Parents had so much fun coming into the classroom and participating with their child."

"It was such a joy to hear cascades of discussions erupting from working on this STEM Project."

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K-2-ETS1-2 Engineering Design

Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how

the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given 


3-5-ETS1-2 Engineering Design

Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on

how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the


Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.


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