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Thanksgiving Hand Turkey

SUBMITTED BY: Travis Jenkins



DATE ADDED: Oct 22, 2013 






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35-50 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINEThis activity will give a basic overview of the thanksgiving holiday as it is celebrated currently in America. After a brief lesson the students will form groups to make hand turkeys out of construction paper and write what they are thankful for. Finally the groups will present their final paper and read what they are thankful for to the class.



  • Orange, Red, Yellow, and Brown construction paper, scissors, glue, markers, and optionally flash cards for a thanksgiving introduction.



  1. The class will start with a brief outline of Thanksgiving. I usually cover the origin, the meal, and the turkey. After the introduction we dive into the activity portion as it will take the most time. I arrange students into groups of 6 or 7 based on the size of the class. Each student will take a piece of orange, yellow or red construction paper. On the paper they will trace an outline of their hand and cut it out. These hand prints will become the tail of the turkey. Next I have the students write something they are thankful for on each finger of their hand cut out (i.e. Mom, Dad, Brothers, Sisters, Friends, etc.) 
  2. Next I have the students make the turkey`s body. The body is made by having a student trace the rough outline of his/her footprint on two pieces of brown construction paper. After the pieces are traced and cut-out, the body is formed by gluing the two footprints at the point where both heals overlap. This forms an almost pear-like shape with a base that is larger than the top. 
  3. Students will then glue their hand prints to the back of the body in a fan shape, being careful to overlap in such a way that each finger is still visible and able to be read. At this point the project should resemble a turkey with a large tail fanned out behind it.
  4. The final step is to add a face and legs. I let the students be as imaginative as possible here, but usually show an example with a large red piece for the neck and a yellow beak over the top. I have the students make these pieces from the scraps left over from their hand prints. If you have access to the plastic goggle eyes that most craft stores carry, the students will love it.
  5. The next portion of class has the students present and name their turkeys and read aloud what they are thankful for.



  • This class can take a long time so it is best to set a pace for the kids. (i.e. 10 minutes to make your hand prints, 5 minutes to make the footprints, etc.) Also, if time is running short I sometimes reserve the beginning of the next class for presentations and give the kids time to think about it.



  • Watch out for kids who like to use a huge amount of glue. It can quickly become a mess and potentially damage the groups` work.

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