Friday, November 9, 2012

TIMMY TURKEY


My daughter Holly and I are meeting up at the NAEYC Conference today in Atlanta.  I’ll be in the Frog Street Press booth this afternoon at 1:30, and our workshop called “Give Me a Break – A Brain Break!” will be Saturday morning from 10-11:30 am in room B406.  If you’re at the conference, I hope we can meet up for a hug and a picture.

If you don’t have plans this weekend, then you’ll definitely want to create this “Timmy Turkey” story to use in your classroom this coming week.  It’s great for oral language, sequencing, and alliteration.

Timmy Turkey File Folder Story
Directions: You will need to find the shape of a turkey and cut it out of the front of a file folder.  Insert colors of construction paper inside the file folder according to the story. (brown, blue, red, green, yellow, purple, and multi-color)  Glue the words to the back of the folder so you can read and remove one sheet of paper at a time.

*Encourage the children to join in on the chorus!
Once upon a time there was a beautiful brown turkey named Timmy.  One day as he strutted down the road he heard a bluebird say:
                  Ha, ha, ha!  He, he, he!
                  You’re the funniest turkey I ever did see.
Timmy Turkey replied:
                  Oh, dear, oh, dear!  Oh, me, oh, me!
                  Why am I the funniest turkey you ever did see?
The bluebird answered:
                  You should be blue like me.           It’s such a peaceful color.
So Timmy went home a dyed himself blue.  (Remove the brown paper to reveal a blue turkey.)
The next day as Timmy strutted down the road he heard a red hen say:
                  Ha, ha, ha!  He, he, he!
                  You’re the funniest turkey I ever did see.
Timmy replied:
                  Oh, dear, oh, dear!  Oh, me, oh, me!
                  Why am I the funniest turkey you ever did see?
The redbird answered:
                  You should be red like me.  It’s such a bright color.
So Timmy went home and dyed himself red.  (Remove the blue paper to reveal a red turkey.)
The following day as Timmy was strutting down the road he heard a green frog croak:
                  Ha, ha, ha!  He, he, he!
                  You’re the funniest turkey I ever did see?
Timmy sadly replied:
                  Oh, dear, oh, dear!  Oh, me, oh, me!
                  Why am I the funniest turkey you ever did see?
The frog croaked:
                  You should be green like me.  Green is the color of life!
So what do you think Timmy did?  That’s right!  He went home and dyed himself green.
(Remove the red paper to reveal a green turkey.)
Timmy was strutting down the road a beautiful shade of green the next day when he heard a yellow cat say:
                  Ha, ha, ha!  He, he, he!
                  You’re the funniest turkey I ever did see!
Timmy answered:
                  Oh, dear, oh, dear!  Oh, me, oh, me!
                  Why am I the funniest turkey you ever did see?
The cat laughed and said:
                  Who ever heard of a green turkey? 
                  You should be yellow like me.  It’s such a happy color.
Yes, you’re right!  Timmy went home that night and dyed himself yellow.  (Remove the green paper to reveal a yellow turkey.)
The next day Timmy was strutting down the road again when he heard a purple parrot squawk:
                  Ha, ha, ha!  He, he, he!
                  You’re the funniest turkey I ever did see!
Timmy said:
                  Oh, dear, oh, dear!  Oh, me, oh, me!
                  Why am I the funniest turkey you ever did see?
The parrot squawked:
                  Yellow’s no color for a turkey. 
                  You should be purple like me.  Purple is the color of royalty.
Timmy went home immediately and dyed himself purple.  (Remove the yellow sheet of paper to reveal the purple turkey.)
Once again Timmy was walking down the road when he heard his turkey friends laughing.  They said:
                  Ha, ha, ha!  He, he, he!
                  You’re the funniest turkey we ever did see!
Timmy cried and said:
                  Oh, dear, oh, dear!  Oh, me, oh, me!
                  Why am I the funniest turkey you ever did see?
The other turkeys replied:
                  Who ever heard of a purple turkey? 
                  You look so silly!
Timmy slowly walked home and as he walked he thought to himself, “I have dyed myself blue, red, green, yellow, and purple, and I have pleased no one.”  Then he got a brilliant idea!  He got all the bottles of dye and made all his feathers different colors.  (Remove the purple sheet of paper to reveal the turkey with the colorful feathers.
The next day as Timmy Turkey strutted down the road everyone laughed and cheered!
                  Ha, ha, ha!  He, he, he!
                  You’re the most beautiful turkey we ever did see!
                 
And that’s why you always see turkeys with beautiful tail colors!






2 comments:

  1. Oh my how this story has changed. I have been doing this story for close to ten years now. Except they are farm animals teasing him.I use it as a felt story. I do love this file folder version though. Now my question is I get all the other colors but how on earth did you get the multicolor feathers. I'm a little confused. please help. Thank you for all you do. I have quite a few of your books. I wish I could afford one of your conferences it would be a dream come true for me. Maybe one day. In the mean time keep doing all you do and blessing our children with your creativity. God Bless. Mrs. Valerie provider/preschool teacher in CA

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  2. Dr. Jean,
    I'm so excited to find this story here on your blog. I saw you in Atlanta and LOVED this story. I'm so excited to tell it to my preschoolers this week. Dr. Jean thank you for sharing your talents and passion with us. You inspire me!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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