Giving Thanks for Literacy: A Thanksgiving Reading and Writing Activity

Turkey Tracks Word Hunt

We love to do “hunt around the room” activities with the kids.  It’s a great way to get the children excited about writing, reading and learning.  Whenever we do a hunt like this as a free choice activity, a majority of the students usually choose to do it, often multiple times!  In fact, when we did this turkey word hunt, we ran out of papers (even though we printed one for each student) and had to run and print off some more.

Turkey with Sight Word.

For this particular activity, we used the simple sight words the children have been learning from our word wall.  We chose to use the sight words because the children are just starting to become familiar with them and are getting excited about them!  Of course, you could use anything you would like with a hunt- letters, shapes, whatever your children are learning about.

The way we did this hunt was we hid numbered turkeys with the sight words in different places around the room (this cute turkey-with-a-pencil clip art thanks to DJ Inkers) .  Then we had papers numbered 1-10 attached to clipboards (we love clipboards) at the writing table.  All the children had to do was grab a clipboard and a marker, find the sight words and write them on the paper!

This is a great way to encourage the students to write, especially the boys who often don’t like to sit down at the table to do a writing activity.  It sparks the children’s sense of adventure as they love searching around the room.  We also often see teamwork in action as friends help each other find the words!

As a further encouragement, I offered the students a sticker if they found and wrote words, and another if they could read some of them to me!  This encouraged not only copying of the words, but recognition of them as well.

One boy's completed paper. When he was done, he immediately did another one!

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