Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Turkey Times!

We have been working really hard on our writing skills.  We seem to do really well with creative writing and they come up with the cutest stories, but we still are having trouble with writing to inform.  So I came up with this quick lesson and the kids got the biggest kick out of it.

They got to be a reporter and take notes on funny turkey facts.  Did you know that a turkey can have a heart attack?  Or that turkeys can hear but have no external ears?  Well we sure didn't and the kids thought those were the funniest things ever.

So I projected a list of turkey facts and I let them take notes from it just like a reporter.  They picked at least five that they could include in their news story.  Then, we wrote our rough drafts and had to see the chief editor (that was ME) for corrections before they submitted their final copies.  Finally, we published them on the front page of The Turkey Times!

It was a fun activity and we made it into this display in the classroom.  Click on the picture below to see the whole thing on my TPT site. 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Turkey-Times-Writing-to-Inform-Thanksgiving-Activity-967143
Happy Teaching!
Tracy