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Teaching tip from Susan in West Virginia

Making Name Turkeys Gets Lots of Wow’s From Children

This week’s tip comes from Susan Heerd from West Virginia. When you read her description of what happened, oh my, you’re in for a treat. Love what she says about her students reactions.

Thank you, Susan, for sharing this activity with us. I have a feeling it is going on lots of teacher’s lists to do next year.

“Hello everyone,

Thanksgiving break started today. Here is an activity I did with my students today.

My students have been working hard on placing the letters of their names in order, spelling their name, & naming the letters when shown in random order. 8 of the 11 have accomplished this. To celebrate Thanksgiving we made a turkey that had one letter of their name on each feather.


The original idea came from a Pinterest post that I tweaked for my students & the amount of time I have with them.

The children cut out a large brown circle, orange triangle beak, red waddle, & 2 brown feet. I had all of this drawn on the construction paper. My students all needed the small motor cutting practice. They glued all this on the circle along with 2 wiggly eyes.

I had the feathers hidden around the room. The students had to go on a turkey hunt to find the feathers with the letters in their name.


They turned their turkeys over & glued their feathers on the back from right to left. Some called me on this and said our name goes from left to right. I told them it was magic and it would be ok. The wows when they turned the turkeys over was priceless and brought a smile to my face.”


This is Wynn again. Can you imagine the “wows” as Susan described?! I could feel this reaction and loved it. Way to go making learning fun and engaging- and even, well, WOW-ing.

Thanks and have a blessed week!


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| solutions, student engagement, success, teaching | November 30, 2014

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Wynn Godbold is a certified John Maxwell Team Leadership trainer, speaker, and coach.

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