Sunday, November 11, 2012

Turkey writing. winners and FREEBIES!!

This week we had a student move which doesn't happen too often at a magnet school. We each wrote a goodbye letter to her and I bound them into a book.

Doesn't this picture look just like her?

She even wrote to herself to save her memories

 We read The Great Turkey Race and wrote about where we thought the turkeys ran off to. The kids did a great job and I am starting to feel like I am making progress with them. Wahoo! You can grab the writing paper from Tammy.
Parachuting in space
a dance party!
Congrats to Kourtney, Pauline, Latoya, Kelly S, and Jessica who won copies of my Thanksgiving Read the Room! I will email them right out. If you didn't win you can grab your copy in my TpT store for only $1.50.

I also need to announce that Renee Saint Laurent won a free Wizard Wall trial pack! Look for an email from me.

This week we will be working on how-to writing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure

I have been doing How to Cook a Turkey for the last few years and they always crack me up!
A cover if you want to make it into a class book
A flow map writing organizer.
Some students clearly have helped cook this holiday meal and one even told me about taking the gizzard bag out before you start!

Here are some focusing questions that help them...

What might you have to do to the turkey before you start?
Does anything go in the turkey?
Do you put anything on the outside of the turkey?
How long and at what temperature do you cook it?

If your students are better with sentence frames you can use this:

Final draft writing paper. 
 I have put all this together into a FREEBIE for you, just click {HERE}. If you like it give me some love in the form of a rating on TpT, becoming a follower, or a blog comment.

Imagine me virtually wearing this button.  :-)



  1. Jenn,
    I was looking closely at your goodbye book (which I love, love, love) and I noticed the name of your school. Say what?!? I know that school! You teach about three miles from me. Different district though. I knew you taught in the same city, but there are zillions of schools here. Who knew we were so close! Anyway, I love the idea of a goodbye book. I, too, teach at a charter school and it is rare to lose a student. BUT it does happen and I am going to use your idea in the future. Thanks!
    An Open Door

    1. Hmmm...3 miles so maybe you teach in the Cambrian or Union districts? We'll have to get together sometime. Maybe we can have a blogger meet up in the Bay Area.

  2. These are some awesome ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Karmen's Kinders

  3. The memory book is so cute! Thanks for the freebie! And I will be more than happy to leave feedback at your TpT store! :)

    Bren P.
    The Teacher Diaries

  4. Yay!! Thanks Jenn! I love free things :)

    Renee St.Laurent
    The Reading Corner

  5. We write about how to cook a turkey every year, too and their writing cracks me up!!

  6. How cute! I will be super interested to see how my second graders cook their turkeys. Thanks!

    The Fabulous First Grade

  7. Thank you so much for the freebie!

    I'm having a GiveAway.
    Please stop by.


  8. Thanks for such a fabulous freebie!!

  9. Thanks for sharing your idea about the memory book! I have a student moving after Christmas and I have been thinking about what to do. I think I'll use your idea. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  10. Thank you for blogging all of your great ideas!