Thursday, November 14, 2013

Don't Eat The Turkey!!

Our classroom had a visitor today...

He came bearing a letter and asking for HELP!!! 

"Please, Don't Eat The Turkeys!!!"

 I wanted to stop by and show you my personal spin on this classic diddy.

The turkey in the middle of the board greeted us when we walked in this morning.

Help the turkeys?


But THEN, I have to teach you how to do persuasive writing. And I have all this OTHER stuff planned for us to learn today. Persuasive writing, that's hard. You don't really want me to skip teaching ALL this other stuff I had planned, just so you can help the turkeys, do you...!?

{I earned my Academy Award for the day.}

We talked about how if people aren't going to eat turkey, they are going to have to eat something else. So everyone gets a sticky note and on their sticky note they write a different food, and three adjectives to describe that food. When they're done, they stuck their sticky notes on the turkey. 

Then I pretend to be a turkey. (Yup, more acting.) 

And I plead my case about why these guys shouldn't be eating me. I start telling them all about my selected food (pizza) and all the reasons it's soooo much better.  After that I tell them to pretend THEY are the turkeys. Turn to an elbow buddy and try to convince each other. 

I wish I could show you their hilarious faces, but I'm thinking the body language in these shots speaks voumes! Just look at the animation in their pleas!! 

 A few brave turkeys got up to share their pleas with the whole class!!

Then we learned some Wild Turkey Facts to help us beef up our persuasive pleas.

And then...finally...we began organizing our ideas. 

Tomorrow...onto the final copies and the cute craft to go with it!

 Don't Eat The Turkey persuasive writing and craft

Because tomorrow is crafty Friday!! And it's wear jeans to work day!!!

And jean days are my very favorite days. The end. :)


  1. Oh my stars... This looks like SO much fun!!!!

    Mr. First Grade

  2. I bet you run to school "speedy quick" on Friday's :)

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    1. Says the lady with some of the cutest ideas on the block!! Thanks Jen! :)

  4. Stephanie, this is adorbs!! Love the turkey anchor chart esp. :)
    Just Reed!

    1. Thanks Ashley! Now if I can just figure out how to save him in one piece for next year!! :)

  5. How precious! I actually just created an activity very similar, but I think I prefer yours!

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    1. Aw, thank you Melissa but your door came out super cute!! I like his protest sign!

  6. Thanks for this! Its so cute and what a great way to introduce persuasive writing! I can't wait to get it and teach it to my kiddos.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Shawna!! Hope your kiddos have fun with this one too! :)

  7. Hi, Stephanie---I just found your blog, and I have to say---I love this! Very creative, very effective--and the students look like they're having a blast!

    And I'm so glad to see that YOU are having so much fun. I hope that you mention us in your speech at the Oscars!

    Matt at

    1. Haha!! Thanks so much Matt. I will see you on the red carpet!