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Turkey Action Science: Cut Out A Turkey Story! Then Your Turkey Can Do Push/Pull/Gravity/Incline!

from Author Valerie Marsh

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    A little
bit of art, math, literature and a whole lot of science!

First, children enjoy a short fiction story about a turkey who looses his feathers. Then students use their art skills to give their turkey back his feathers as they retell the story. Next up is
Miss Liz Science Wiz, and her science puppets will
involve your students in a variety of experiments. Using their turkey, students will explore the math and science
concepts of line of symmetry, push/pull, gravity and incline. This is a
Hands-On STEAM program.

Students will need a
pencil, a paper clip, a 20" piece of string, a piece of white or colored
paper with the turkey pattern on it and a pair of scissors. For young children, pre-folding or even pre-cutting the pattern might be very helpful.

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By Request: $120.00
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45 minutes

Target Audience

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

Minimum participants:

Even just one is important!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

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

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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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 puppets made from food, 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 concepts presented in our video conference programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science facts!

Author Valerie Marsh
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Program Details


1. Author Valerie Marsh will begin this program with a quick review of the difference between fiction and non-fiction! Students vote on which they like better. Then Valerie will tell 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. Puppets "Peepers and Dr. Einstein" along with Miss Liz Science Wiz, introduce "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 pencil, scissors, piece of paper with photocopied turkey pattern on it. 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.

Your students will need a pencil,, scissors, paper clip, 20" length of string, or nylon cord, and a piece of paper with the turkey pattern traced or photocopied. . Depending on your students, you might want to have the object already cut out for them

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!