Stage a turkey hunt that reinforces number sequence and other math skills.
This activity includes variations so it can be used across the grades.
Before the Lesson
Print out enough copies of a turkey image such as this one or this one so there is one turkey per student. You might copy the turkeys on colored printer paper. Trim around the turkey shape, or trim to a simple rectangular shape.
On the back of each turkey, write a different number from 1 to 20.
Variations Across the Grades
If you teach students who have mastered basic number sequence, instead of writing the simple numbers 1 to 20 on the back of each turkey you might
--- write basic math facts that students are learning;
--- draw pictures of combinations of coins for students to tally;
--- write fractions and mixed fractions;
--- write math computation problems that reinforce grade-appropriate skills; or
--- paste math word problems cut from an old math book/workbook
and have students arrange those turkeys from smallest to largest.
When students are out of the room, hide the turkeys.
When students return to the classroom, let them know their classroom has turned into a turkey roost. Tell them there are turkeys hidden all over the classroom and it is their job to find them all. Instruct students to hunt for the turkeys and to sit down as soon as they find one. When all the students have found a turkey, have them look at the numbers written on the backs of their turkeys. Have students arrange themselves in the order of those numbers. You might give a special reward to the student who found the turkey with the highest number value.
More Turkey Games
Provide students with a quiz that reinforces the skill taught in the activity. You might use Education Worlds turkey work sheet template to create the quiz; just click on each turkey shape and type a math problem into it. Then print out the work sheet for students to use.
MATHEMATICS: Number and Operations
GRADES Pre-K - 2
NM-NUM.PK-2.1 Understand Numbers, Ways of Representing Numbers, Relationships Among Numbers, and Number Systems
NM-NUM.PK-2.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 3 - 5
NM-NUM.3-5.1 Understand Numbers, Ways of Representing Numbers, Relationships Among Numbers, and Number Systems
NM-NUM.3-5.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
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