Turkey Physics: Enjoy A Funny Turkey Tale! Do Action Science - Push, Pull, Gravity, Incline!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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      A little bit of art, math, literature and a whole lot of science! First,
children enjoy a funny story about a turkey who looses his feathers.
Then, students use their art skills for their turkey as they retell the
story along with Valerie. Using their turkey, students will explore the
math and science concepts of line of symmetry, push/pull, gravity and
incline. This program is totally Hands-On!

Valerie will mail you paper clips, string, the turkey pattern, our science vocabulary, and follow up activities.
     Please Note: For young children, pre-cutting the pattern might be very helpful.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $140.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, Homeschool/Family Homeschoolers

Minimum participants:

Even just one is important!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Character Education, Fine Arts, Gifted & Talented, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Mathematics, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Special Education, Special Needs, Writing Storytelling

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No charge for weather related cancellations.

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Author Valerie Marsh

Johns Island, SC
United States

     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books, a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include Paper Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell Draw, and Fold, and Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition. Other books include Puppet Tales, and Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and fold), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram figures), and Sign Language, She offers workshops for students, and professional development for teachers. Her story methods are easy, involve audience participation and get kids excited about writing! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your class! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz Science Wiz joins Valerie for the Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets and physical actions to anchor basic scientific facts presented in our programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science concepts!

Please note: All of our programs are for learners in school or at home, or both!

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Program Details


1. Author Valerie Marsh begins this program with a quick review of the difference between fiction and non-fiction! Students vote on which they like better. Then Valerie tells a funny story about a turkey who looses his feathers!
2. After that, children will discuss the math concepts of line of symmetry and the amount of feathers. They will draw additional feathers on their turkey.
3. Miss Liz Science Wiz, introduces "Newton's First Law of Motion".
4. Students will make predictions regarding what will happen to their turkey as they apply force. Students will vary the amount of force that they use.
5. Students will experiment with push and pull forces as they glide the turkey across their table.
6. Students will observe gravity as they drop their turkey while sitting down and then standing up!
7. Students will use their string to create an incline for their turkey. They will vary the angle of the incline and observe how this changes the movement of the turkey.
8 Students will increase the speed of their turkey by increasing the weight of the turkey using a paper clip!
9. .We will review all of the science terms: Lab, Question, Predict, Observe, Conclude, Materials

Students will need a paperclip, pencil, scissors, piece of paper with photocopied turkey pattern on it. We will mail you the string! Depending on your students, pre-folding and/or cutting the turkey out for your students might be very helpful.


Students will:
1. be able to retell our funny story about a turkey and his feathers.
2. be introduced to the scientific method..
3. understand the terms question, predict, 0bserve,, conclude, materials..
4. learn about the forces of push versus pull.
5. learn about the concept of gravity.
6. learn about the concept of an Incline.
7. be able to identify the line of symmetry.
8 . work cooperatively with a partner during the experiments.
9. be active participants while conducting an experiment.
10. develop an appreciation for physical science.
11. be able to demonstrate push/pull with their turkey.
12. be able to demonstrate gravity with their turkey.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Valerie will tailor her program to the standards that you want to meet with this program. Please let her know if you have specific standards that you would like her to cover.
CCSS.LEA-Literacy.RI.K.1 to .4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 to .7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.1 to .3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 to .6
Science K-PS2-1, PS2.A, PS2-2,Motion, Stability, Gravity, PS2.B. PS3.C
NA-D.K-4.1, 4.3, NA-T.K-4.1, NA-VA.K-4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6
Art NA-T.K-4.2, NA-VA.K-4.1-3, NA-VA.K-4.6, NA-D.K4.1-3

State Standards

Valerie will identify these for your state if you would like. Just let her know!