Have you read Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano?
This is a fun-loving, must add to your November reading list! After you read the story, retell Turkey Trouble and all it’s important story elements with these four preschool activities. – That’s right! FOUR fun ideas to learn through play.
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Turkey Trouble is an adorable story about a turkey trying to hide from being eaten.
In doing so, he disguises himself as other animals on the farm. This is such a great book and activity to retell the Thanksgiving story! This book is such a great read in addition to your Thanksgiving activity list.
You may even want to include some of the characters on your Thanksgiving kid’s activity table!
I add a book with activity into a book box.
A book box is a way to help your preschooler retell a familiar story. It has supplies that can act as props for story retells.
What is in the book box?
Props to retell the story
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Why use a book box with young readers?
Did you know that in Kindergarten, children using the Common Core will be asked to:
Retell familiar stories, including key details
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text
Identify characters, settings, and major events in a story
Should we master all of this now?
No, thank you.
Can we expose early readers to key story elements now?
We can build our preschooler’s confidence when they have to meet these rigorous standards.
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Setting up this Turkey Trouble activity is simple!
Draw the 6 main disguises on large kraft paper. – If you look closely at the animals, you will see that this took just a couple of minutes to do. My young children are not looking for perfection, they just want a fun way to get moving and learn through play.
Find a ball.
Optional – Glue a couple of feathers to the ball so it will represent the turkey. I use hot glue to secure the feathers.
Materials to retell Turkey Trouble
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How to play this activity to retell Turkey Trouble:
Read the book many times before playing.
Simply roll the ball onto the activity mat.
Act out the animal the ball lands on. My two-year-old was the most excited about this game, yet all joined in. We were all engaged in gross motor play to learn as we move.
A variation is to begin talking about sequencing and which character comes first, second, third, etc. as the book progresses.
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But wait! I have even more Turkey Trouble activities to try!
Here are even more ways to retell this Thanksgiving story from some of my most favorite blogging friends.
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