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Monday, October 2, 2017

Turkey Talk: Basic Math Facts Bulletin Board

Turkey bulletin board
Get a Turkey bulletin board pattern

Highlight positive character traits and have your students review basic math facts with this turkey bulletin board. 

Cover your bulletin board or wall with colorful paper, fabric, foil, or textured material.

Cut a harvest border in a contrasting color or buy one pre-made with a harvest or fall theme.

Download the patterns from our website. Back the Turkey Pattern with a colorful paper plate.

Also print a turkey for each student. 

Print the Feather Patterns and write a positive character trait or study habit on each feather. 

Make some math feathers such as, "addition whiz," "multiplication genius," "subtraction superstar," etc.  


Place egg or chick patterns with numbers or problems on them around the turkey. 

You can also glue pieces of fringed paper, straw, sandpaper, or hay at the bottom of the board for added texture.

Give each student a turkey pattern to cut out.

(Have them cut off the feathers and give them back to you or just leave them on and add more feathers as they learn math facts.)

Let the students glue their turkeys to paper plates. 

Make extra feathers so you'll have enough for each student to have several. 

turkey pattern
Click here to download the Turkey Pattern

turkey feathers page

Click here to download the Turkey Feathers

Punch a hole in the top of the paper plate and tie a yarn hanger through the hole.

Watch for a student who exhibits any of these traits and award that child with a feather to glue or tape onto his turkey. 

Try to make sure each student gets one or two feathers each week during the month.

Students who can recite math facts can earn multiple math feathers (one for each fact family, one for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, etc. 

You can make up your own feather awards as students exhibit positive character traits, help each other, or make progress in math.

Here are a few to get you started: handy helper, good listener, considerate classmate, math whiz, addition addict, manic multiplier, etc.


Let the child print his name on the turkey craft.

Then let the students add a few feathers to their turkeys.

Hang the turkeys around the room.

When a student shows a specific character trait or accomplishes a certain math goal, give him another feather with that trait or accomplishment on it.

Let him glue the new feather to his turkey.

Just the act of getting to move to the bulletin board (or wall) and attach a new feather can be an incentive for some students to earn more!

See how many feathers each student can collect before your break.

Then send home the turkeys with a personal note of appreciation and gratitude for each student.

thanksgiving card
Send home a personal note to each student


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