Let's Talk Turkey!

In this Remarkable Idea, students will learn about turkeys and create their own turkey puzzle to share.

This activity addresses:

  • Animal recognition
  • Fine motor skills
  • Alternative methods of access

What you need:

  • Pictures or photos of real turkeys
  • Black and white turkey template
  • White card stock
  • Crayons / markers / color pencils
  • Permanent black marker
  • Envelopes or resealable plastic bags (one per student)
  • Scissors
  • QuickTalker 7

Preparation:

1. Copy the turkey picture/template onto card stock (one per student).
2. Record vocabulary words on QuickTalker 7.
3. Create appropriate overlays.

What to do:

1. Show students the pictures/photos of real turkeys. Have students point out different parts of the turkey. Use the QuickTalker 7 to review parts and definitions.
2. Give each student turkey template to color.
3. Have each student cut their turkey into different pieces.
4. Show students how they will then take the turkey picture pieces and put them together as a puzzle.
5. Students put the puzzle pieces in an envelope/resealable bag and write the student’s name on the
envelope/bag.
7. The students can give their puzzle to another student. Each student then puts together the puzzle pieces they have been given to make a turkey picture!

Vocabulary:

Caruncle - brightly colored growths on the throat region. Hen - a female turkey.
Poult - a baby turkey. A chick.
Snood - the flap of skin that hangs over the turkey’s beak. Tom - a male turkey. Also known as a gobbler.
Wattle - the flap of skin under the turkey’s chin.