for Turkey Day
The students will create patterns.
as manipulatives - these can either be colored
feathers from a craft store, construction paper
feathers, or crayons so the students may color their
strips of paper (the size of sentence strips)
color patterns with the students. Explain how to
label patterns using letters.
out the paper and the feathers (if applicable).
Give the students patterns they need to create using
their feathers (or to be drawn with crayons).
For example ask the students to create a pattern
using the format A-B-A-B-A-B. Continue to give
the students oral directions to complete the patterns.
the students create their own color patterns using the
feathers to be glued on the paper strips, or using
their crayons to draw feather shapes. They
should label their pattern using letters.
an alternative to the above lesson, have the students
complete feather story problems using the feathers as
manipulatives. For example, "A turkey had 5
feathers, he lost 2, how many does he have left?"
counting by 2's. Use turkey feet as a
guide. For example, "If there are 3
turkeys, how many turkey feet are there?"
turkey tracks as a unit of measure. Print out
Track Worksheet and have the students count how
many steps a turkey has to take to get to certain
places. For example, "How many steps must a
turkey take to get across your desk?" The
turkey tracks may be cut out in strips and taped
together to form a turkey track measuring tape.
Discuss with the students how it will be easier to do
their measuring if they mark off every 5th or 10th
track. Then they may count by 5's or 10's to do