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"The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven" -- A Lesson on Verbs

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Author:Wendy Dewberry
System: Pell City
School: Duran South
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 9802


"The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven" -- A Lesson on Verbs


Using the poem "The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven" written by Jack Prelutsky, students will explore verbs, synonyms, and poetry.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
TC2 (6-8)
14. Use digital tools to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
Examples: ideas—predictions, trends
products—animation, video
processes—models, simulations
ELA2015 (6)
4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone. [RL.6.4]
ELA2015 (6)
5. Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot. [RL.6.5]
ELA2015 (6)
6. Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text. [RL.6.6]
ELA2015 (6)
24. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 21-23 above.) [W.6.4]
ELA2015 (6)
26. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting. [W.6.6]
ELA2015 (6)
39. Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. [L.6.3]
a. Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader or listener interest, and style.* [L.6.3a]
b. Maintain consistency in style and tone.* [L.6.3b]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will identify verbs used in the poem "The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven." Students will write a poem based on the same structure by filling in original verbs or synonyms of those used by the poet, thereby creating a new poem.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Overhead projector, copy of the poem "The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven" by Jack Prelutsky (can be found at,a transparency of the poem, student copies of teacher-made worksheets

Technology Resources Needed:



Prior lessons on basic concepts of verbs and synonyms are needed.

1.)Take one copy of the poem, cut it up into strips containing one line each, and number each strip 1-20. Pass one strip out to each child.
(The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven)
This site includes a copy of the poem.

2.)Students should read their lines silently to themselves. The teacher may need to help with pronounciation.

3.)Students should be prompted to read their lines in order of the numbers on each strip. I call this "popcorning the poem."

4.)Using the transparency of the poem, prompt students to find all verbs in the poem. Discuss the meaning of each verb individually. Discuss why the author used uncommon verbs rather than everyday verbs. Guide the students toward the idea that the author was trying to be descriptive, unconventional, and unique (explain these concepts). Discuss synonyms for some of the verbs.

5.)Reread the poem so that children now have a better understanding of the poem.

6.)Create a "mad-lib" worksheet of the poem or another of Prelutsky's poems such as "Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens" or "The Visitor" by reproducing the poems with blanks where the verbs should be. For more fun, also eliminate the nouns. Do not read the original poems to the class yet. Allow class time for children to write their own poems by filling in the blanks. Remind students to pay special attention to using active verbs.
(Jack Prelutsky-The Academy of American Poets)
The Academy of American Poets presents biographies, photographs, selected poems, and links as part of its online poetry exhibits.

7.)After allowing the children to read their poems to the class, read the Prelutsky poems as written.
(Jack Prelutsky-The Academy of American Poets)
The Academy of American Poets presents biographies, photographs, selected poems, and links as part of its online poetry exhibits.

8.)Display the childrens' poems in the classroom.


Assessment Strategies

Student poems will be assessed based on completion and proper insertion of verbs.


Students can illustrate their poems or some aspect (verb) of the poem utilizing draw and paint software.



Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.