Paint Chip Turkeys

For the past two weeks, I’ve made paint chip turkeys with a good majority of my groups.  I found the original idea here, but didn’t want to work on “I’m thankful for…” with my groups.  Instead, we targeted artic, Wh- questions, pronouns, comparing/contrasting, yes/no questions, absurdities, regular past tense verbs, social skills, and sequencing.  Yes, all of that, sometimes 3-4 things in one session, all with one cute (almost free) craft!

My co-SLP and I raided the paint sections at both Home Depot and Lowe’s.  We grabbed a ton of different shapes, sizes, and colors.  Here’s our loot before we started.

I cut the wide paint chips into 3 long strip, to make them look more like “feathers”.  (The funny shaped ones, that actually look like a feather, came from Home Depot, by the way!)
To target a variety of speech/language goals, I went through my Super Duper “Fun Deck” books.  I have all four at my school, so it was easy to go through them and find a target for each student.  For the artic kids, I used my Jumbo Webber Artic Drill book.  To make the papers fit onto the feathers, I put the page(s) I wanted on the copy machine and shrunk them to 50%.  They may be difficult for you to see, but I promise it won’t be an issue for your students (with the exception of any vision problems, obviously).
I cut out the pertinent information into little boxes for each student.  The student above is working on answering wh- questions given 3 choices.  Some students were shown a picture and asked to label the verb, insert the correct pronoun, compare and contrast the pictures, etc.  The Fun Deck worksheet books covered EVERYTHING that I needed!
verbs and when questions

more when questions

absurdities and answering yes/no questions
It was a great way to work on following directions, too.  Once our feathers were complete, I had the students put some glue on the bottoms of their paint chips and put it on the back of a brown circle I had cut.  This was difficulty for some, so I drew an “X” on the bottom and had the student “put the glue on the X.”  For the turkey’s face, I had students use Sharpie markers to draw an upside-down yellow triangle for the beak and an upside-down red heart for the waddle.  I used googley-eyes, too.  Then we did stick-figure legs on the bottom.  Some students chose to get creative and draw wings on their turkeys, too.  We had the students describe their turkeys’ faces using adjective+noun phrases (i.e. yellow triangle & red heart).  It also worked on features of animals: beak, waddle, eyes, legs, feathers.



social skills

final /b/

past tense verbs

subject pronouns

Why questions

Wh- questions

Wh- questions

Wh- questions

pronouns & absurdities
I couldn’t pick just one…  The last two pictures are of students following the direction, “put your turkey on your head”.  Just some silly fun 🙂
We also worked on conditional directions when we were finished:  “If your turkey has a red feather, go line up at the door.”
Go ahead and bombard your nearest home improvement store.  And save any extras you have for spring time!  😉

Grateful Grammar – Pronouns

How is everyone doing in the storm?  Knock on wood – it is fine here in Northern Virginia.  It’s windy and rainy, but tolerable.

I’ve used this time to finish up one of the grammar packs that I’ve been working on for about a week!  I’ve had a ton of writer’s block lately so it’s taken a while!  This is the first edition of Grateful Grammar: Pronouns – Leveled.

The pack targets third person singular and plural subjective, objective, and possessive pronouns (he,she,they/him,her,them/his/her/their).  It’s great for preschoolers and other language delayed kiddos!

It has 4 levels and also includes a variety of sorting mats, visuals, and a data collection tool.

The data collection tool.  Circle the level you’re working at and add + or – in the columns. 
Print for as many students as you need.


The first level is sorting.  I’ve provided many different types of sorting mats, because some students confused gender or number, while some students confuse the category of pronouns required.  These can also be used as visuals while working at other levels.
For those who confuse subjective vs. objective pronouns.


For those who confused number and gender.

For those who no longer require visual prompts.

Level 2 is a bunch of receptive tasks involving following directions.  I provide a list of prompts for each type of pronoun, but the number of ways to use these activities is by no means limited to the prompts I provided!  You can come up with your own prompts depending on your specific goals!  For instance, “Show me her left shoe.” or, “Show me what is on top of his head.”  The possibilities are endless! 

Use the mat below with these cards and have students
follow directions like, “Give a pumpkin to him.”

For use with receptive tasks
targeting objective pronouns.

Here are the teacher prompts for subjective pronouns receptively. 

Level 3 is a collection of multiple choice worksheets.  Again, subjective, objective and possessive pronouns are targeted.

The subjective multiple choice worksheet.
Level 4 includes task cards, question cards, and visuals that target open ended responses.

Teacher reads these prompts/asks these questions.
See student mat below.

Students use this mat to answer the questions for subjective pronouns.

I have gotten a lot of requests for pronoun activities.  I hope these are what you needed!  Here is the link to it in my TPT store.  It’s on sale until 10/30, in “honor” of Hurricane Sandy and all of us being cooped up inside.
I am giving away a copy of it via Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And now for a freebie!  Here is a copy of a pronoun poster that I created in Boardmaker. 
Mine is printed on legal size paper and I mounted it on a piece of large construction paper.  Find it on my BoardmakerShare account here.
Enjoy!  Leave a comment and let me know how you would use this pack or if you grabbed the freebie!