Disguise a Turkey project is a family favorite activity every year, but this year many teachers are teaching hybrid or virtually and it is tricky to allow all students to participate. This turkey disguise project pack has print AND a digital option for Seesaw so all of your students can participate. There are so many great, creative turkey disguise ideas out there and it's so fun to see what families come up with each year. With the digital option, you don't need to skip it this year!
How to Introduce the Activity
I always read the book Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano (Amazon affiliate link.) to introduce the disguise a turkey project. In the book the farmer is getting ready for Thanksgiving and turkey realizes he'll be dinner. So the turkey tries out a lot of different disguises to hide from the farmer. This is an adorable story and it starts to get kids thinking about what kind of disguise they could create.
Then you can show kids the project. It helps to show some past examples, too. You'll want to give families plenty of time to complete the project, but not too much. I found that giving families 2 weekends is just the right amount of time.
How to Prep the Activity
This activity is very low-prep. Just make copies and send it home (or you could choose to complete it in class)!
–Type up your letter to families for directions (or just tweak the one included in the pack) and make sure to include a due date.
–Make one copy of the letter and one copy of the turkey template page per student (I recommend copying the turkey on cardstock).
– Choose which writing page template you'd like to use and make a copy for each student as well. (You can choose to send the writing part home for parents to complete or you can complete that together in class. )
You can choose to connect the pages with a paperclip or staple them. Then you send it home! That's it.
Using the Seesaw Activity
To use the Seesaw activity, you'll need a Seesaw account. You can sign up to get a free Seesaw account here. It's is a great, easy-to-use platform for both in-person and distance learning.
Then all you'll have to do is click the Save Activity Link and save it to your library. Then you are ready to assign it for your students. The activity and directions (including an example and audio directions) are already preloaded, so all you need to do is click assign.
Your students will use the drawing tools to create a disguise and then can use the pen tool or the text tool to write their sentence (or story) about the turkey.
I'd love to see the finished products – be sure to tag me on Instagram @teachingexceptionalkinders!
If you're looking for more family projects, you can read about my Gingerbread Man Disguise Project here.