Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Creative Writing Is For the Birds (Turkeys..that is!)

Being the writing teacher for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students has many challenges all on its own, but add in holiday break fever, and you have a REAL challenge. I knew I had to try something new this year to keep my students interested in writing. Hence, my Turkey Pick-A-Story came into existence. I love how it turned out. I had purchased some fun clip art that had the feathers and the body of several different turkeys and I knew what I wanted to do. 

I added some fun characters to the body pieces and some silly settings to the feather pieces.

To play, I laminated the sheets and had my amazing wife cut out around each piece. Then, when I got to school, I placed the bodies in one plastic deli container and the feathers in another. (I love these little deli containers. They are so useful for everything from crayons to art projects.) The students then drew one piece from each container and then, giggling to themselves (and sometimes moaning), the set to work writing their stories!

I must say, I had some VERY amazing and some pretty crazy stories created. The classes all enjoyed sharing and laughing at the creations each student had made. I even hung the best examples for the other students in the school to see. I must say, that this is ONE activity that I plan to do every year.

MrHughes :0)

P.S. You can get your FREE copy of this activity by clicking on the picture below, or by clicking HERE. Enjoy!


  1. I love this idea and can't wait to read some of the stories!

  2. Thanks for your comment! They really are worth reading... ha ha.

  3. I really enjoy your blog! I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check it out HERE
    Second Grade is Out of This World


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