Here's a revised version of my original Turkey Talk resource. Attention-- returning purchasers, please re-download this new version!
You will find this is a great intro to social studies research, but equally engaging for your ELA class as well.
Kids will feel like detectives when they have to find out how the turkey became the national bird, or who was responsible for calling Thanksgiving a national holiday....or why we call Squanto a hero, and more! This pack contains several writing opportunities for short research and extra activities.
The first activity is a trivia-fun book hunt--and involves finding the right books for information. This skill is a precursor to research, and finding the appropriate resources for writing about a specific topic.
Kids are given a set of short topics or trivia facts to look up and find possible titles that would go with them. This is a fun, self-directed activity which is great for substitute plans, homework, independent work, or literacy center work. This makes a great warm-up for researching a topic, so that you can begin teaching them how to use the prewriting page, and begin their research.
There are four research prompts that stimulate thinking and introduce beginning research skills. Students could do all four over time, or choose just one prompt to do in a day.
-Book finding Activity page
-4 research prompts that include a pre-writing sheet, final prompt stationery page, and a reference or resource page to go with report
-A list of 11 topics and prompts for those who want more research challenges
-A Thanksgiving-themed word search
-Scrambled word page
-Answer keys for both
-4 Posters/ photos of Squanto, Sarah Hale, and Massasoit (with captions)
-A list of several helpful (safe and kid-tested) web links for students to use for research
All pages are easy/no prep printables with simple directions and ready to hand out to students.
Student pages are mostly black and white or gray scale for economical printing.
For each research prompt: students fill out the pre-writing page, the report page and resource page. This 3-page research project can be added to a common core based writing portfolio.
*COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS*
--The common core links for most of the grade levels suggested are hyperlinked and clickable in the document, and are especially aligned to the short research prompt project.
--Short research activities (as opposed to long ones) are actual common core expectations.
--While this can be appropriate and a good challenge for second graders, I have aligned it to the CCSS for third and fourth graders; yet it is still applicable to 5th graders who are working at a slightly lower skill level.
--This can easily be differentiated among students between grades 2 and 5.
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