Sunday, November 10, 2013

Math Mentor Text - a new linky party

This is my first post linking up with Collaboration Cuties. I love using text in all areas I teach. So I am sharing a project my kindergarten kiddos completed this past week.

We read 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Rich Deas. This is a hilarious book about 10 fat and silly turkeys. One by one they do something more and more crazy and fall of the fence. In the end they are all off the fence and the fence is broken. Those rowdy turkeys then make their way into a tree!

My kiddos LOVED this book and there was a lot of discussion going on about how crazy those turkeys were. When I told them we were going to make our own ten fat turkeys they were ecstatic. In October we read the poem 5 Little Pumpkins and illustrated the pumpkins on a gate. They loved doing that so they were excited to do turkeys. We started the lesson like we do all our directed art lessons. I had them draw a fence first. Then I told them they need to add 10 turkeys, some on the fence and some in front of the fence on the ground. I taught them how to make turkeys using circles and ovals. We drew our first turkey together - they chose where to place it. After talking it over we realized we still need 9 more, so they went back and added 9 more turkeys. We also filled in a writing form to show how many turkeys where on the fence and how many on the ground. 

I also found a cute YouTube video of the story. They loved the book so much I think we may watch it Tuesday and write about what happened to the turkeys once they got in the tree!

Please share any other ideas you have for this book or any other books!!

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  1. How cute!!! This sounds adorable and I can see why they love this activity!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  2. Your blog is great! Oh my- I love that idea! I just love those little turkey toes on the bottom picture! :)
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  3. I love this book! I had forgotten about it- thanks for sharing!!
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom


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