Place Value Turkeys | Thanksgiving Math




Place value practice, Thanksgiving style! This Thanksgiving math activity will engage your students in practice of counting base ten blocks to determine the total number.

This Turkey place value activity can be used as individual, small group and whole class work.

Perfect for math centers or math morning work, too!

Included in this resource:

  • 16 place value turkey task cards (base ten blocks represented are tens and ones)
  • 1 place value turkey PowerPoint presentation
  • Recording sheet
  • Answer Key
  • Templates to create place value turkey (both black/white and color templates included)

Task Cards/Presentation

  • Use the sixteen place value turkey cards like task cards or Scoot. Place them around the room and have students travel to each card while filling out answers on their recording sheet –OR-
  • Use the turkey place value cards in a center or small group, as early finisher tasks or morning work
  • Use the PowerPoint presentation to do a whole-class activity. Present the slides one at a time and give students time to figure out ‘how many’ each turkey is made up of. Students will record answers on the recording sheet. Teacher can go over answers together as a class.

Place Value Turkey – Create Your Own

  • Print out enough copies of all templates. Students will create the place value turkey and then write ‘how many’ on the beak – perfect for a bulletin board display!
  • To up the challenge while students create their own turkey, write a number on each of the cards before passing them out. Students will have to create the turkey that you assign them – use as an informal assessment tool!
  • Please note: The ‘create your own turkey’ activity will take some time because of the cutting – keep this in mind while planning!
  • Tip: Assign students to practice cutting skills by cutting out their base ten block templates as morning work and storing them in a baggie until it’s time to complete the activity.


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