Are you tired of the same turkey projects for Thanksgiving?
Are you looking for something different that also integrates other subjects-math, science, art-within your elementary classroom?
Are you wanting to avoid the devil that is glitter?
Let’s talk turkey! Tangrams, turkey facts, fine art discussion, shape recognition, symmetry…this plan has it all!
I’ve created a comprehensive lesson plan based on Buggy and Buddy’s wonderful project: “Pattern Block Turkey Craft for Kids.”
The turkeys in my lesson plan would be a bit more advanced, as I would include many of the different types of shapes and not just the ones in Buggy and Buddy’s turkey. This could always be adjusted to the level of your particular class, though.
The plan will even take you step by step through the teaching process of this particular lesson, so it’s all ready to go! If you’re a 2nd grade teacher in Nebraska, you’ll even have your standards listed. Bonus!
Download the word document here-Tangram Turkey or read on for the complete lesson plan.
Title: Tangram Turkeys
Grade Level: 2nd
Nebraska Fine Arts Standards:
FA 2.2.3.b-Identify use of elements and principles (glossary) in works of art (e.g., recognize use of pattern, symmetry).
FA 2.2.1.d-Explore elements of art and principles (glossary) of design to brainstorm visual possibilities. (e.g., use color and shape to create pattern).
Nebraska Math Standards:
MA 2.3.1.a- Recognize and draw shapes having a specific number of angles, faces, or other attributes, including triangles, trapezoid, quadrilaterals, pentagons, and hexagons.
Nebraska Science Standards:
SC2.3.1 Students will investigate the characteristics of living things.
2. Pieces of Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange and Purple paper cut into the shapes of squares, triangles, rectangles, trapezoids, pentagons, and hexagons of similar size (Approx. 1 inch)
3. Googly eyes
4. Examples of tangram art showing symmetry and not showing symmetry
6. Full-size pieces of black construction paper
7. Pieces of orange and red paper to make wattles and beaks
8. Circle templates copied onto brown paper for body and head of turkey https://buggyandbuddy.com/pattern-block-turkey-craft-for-kids/
9. Picture of turkeys
1. Student will know facts about turkeys.
a) Male turkeys are called gobblers or toms.
b) Female turkeys are called hens.
c) The flap of skin under a turkey’s chin is a wattle.
d) Wild turkeys nest in trees.
e) A group of turkeys is a flock.
f) Turkeys are omnivores.
g) Modified feathers hanging from the chest of male turkeys are called beards.
h) A fleshy growth protruding from the forehead of both male and female turkeys is called a snood.
2. Student will be able to identify all primary colors-red, yellow, and blue.
3. Student will be able to identify all secondary colors-green, orange, and purple.
4. Student will be able to identify a square, triangle, rectangle, quadrilateral, trapezoid, pentagon, and hexagon.
5. Student will be able to identify symmetry.
6. Student will be able to manipulate shapes of different sizes and colors to create symmetry.
a) Primary Colors-Red, Yellow, Blue; Set of colors from which all other colors are created
b) Secondary Colors-Green, Orange, Purple; Set of colors formed by mixing any two of the primary colors equally
c) Trapezoid-Quadrilateral with only 2 parallel sides
d) Pentagon-Shape with 5 equal sides and angles
e) Hexagon-Shape with 6 equal sides and angles
f) Symmetry-Similar or exact parts on each side
g) Quadrilateral-Shape with 4 sides
1-Introduce students to facts about turkeys by first showing them the “Wild Kratts-Activate Turkey Power” video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uaFhzM91ww) and referencing a picture of wild turkeys. Ask what male turkeys are called and what female turkeys are called (gobbler or tom and hen). Point to the flap under the turkeys chin and ask if anyone knows what that is called (waddle). Mention the hair-like feathers hanging from the chest of the male turkey, and discuss what it’s called (beard). Refer to the skin protruding from the forehead of the turkey and explain what it is (snood). Ask students where they think turkeys sleep at night (trees) and what a group of turkeys is called (flock). Discuss what turkeys eat and what that makes them (omnivore).
2-Explain to students that they will be making their own turkeys, but first the class will be talking about different types of shapes and talking about what makes something symmetrical. Show students pictures of tangram art that is symmetrical. Discuss what makes it symmetrical. Show pictures of tangram art that is NOT symmetrical and have the students discuss why. Show pictures of art that have symmetry and have the students discuss what makes it symmetrical.
3-Divide students into groups and provide each group a set of tangrams. Review the tangram shapes provided, and then show pictures of shapes that are not. Make sure the students can identify square, triangle, rectangle, quadrilateral, trapezoid, pentagon, and hexagon. Review the definition of each shape.
4-Have the students make a symmetrical creation with their tangrams and have the other students walk around and view what everyone else has made with a short discussion about what makes each one symmetrical.
5-Introduce students to a picture of the symmetrical turkeys that they will be making with the cut outs of different shapes and colors. Show students the color wheel and discuss what the primary colors are and what the secondary colors are and their definitions. Point out that the colors being used for the shapes of the turkey project are all primary and secondary colors. Pick up the shapes one by one and ask the class whether they are primary and secondary colors and then ask them to identify the shape.
6-Show students how the turkeys will be assembled, starting with their symmetrical creation for the feathers that will need glued down, cutting out the circles for the body and head to glue down, cutting out the beak and waddle to be glued down, and then gluing down the googly eyes. Encourage students to lay out their whole design first and showing the teacher before they glue it down to ensure that they have an understanding of symmetry.
Teacher should review student’s turkeys to see if they have grasped the concept of symmetry. Students will break into small groups to compete in Kahoot! with questions pertaining to the lesson covered. For example, review vocabulary words. Show pictures of different shapes and have students identify them. Show pictures of art and have students identify if they are symmetrical or not. Show pictures of colors and ask whether it’s a secondary or primary color. Ask questions about the turkey facts. During this time observe students within the groups, as well as the group answers provided to ensure everyone has grasped the concept of the lesson.