The project starts with each class reading the book “Turkey Trouble” by Wendi Silvano.
“It’s about a turkey who’s in trouble because it’s almost Thanksgiving and he doesn’t want to get eaten, so he disguises himself in many ways,” first-grade teacher Candace Clark said.
Each student transforms a paper cutout of a turkey into something else. This year the paper turkeys were transformed into Santa, snowmen, superheroes, other farm animals, athletes and even Barbie and Mitt Romney.
Student Allison Turner disguised her turkey as a “North Lee cheerleader” covered in glitter. The turkey-turned-cheerleader felt right at home next to student Nolan Copeland’s Tennessee Vols football player turkey.
“I like Tennessee, it’s my favorite team for right now,” Nolan said.
Student Hannah Goins had originally wanted to make her turkey Elvis Presley or a princess, but settled on Barbie when she did not have the supplies for either of the other characters.
Another turkey was disguised as Batman to keep him safe, thanks to student Conner Phillips. Conner said he chose Batman because he likes the movies about his favorite superhero.
Student Sarah Perkins said she disguised her turkey as a snowman to confuse the farmer in “Turkey Trouble.”
“It’s from a different holiday, so it would confuse the farmer,” Sarah said.
Sarah said she likes collecting snowmen.
Although they were hiding their turkeys, Allison, Nolan and Hannah said their favorite Thanksgiving food is turkey. Conner said his favorite Thanksgiving food is corn.
“Because it’s yellow,” he said.
Sarah said fruit was her favorite Thanksgiving food.
“Each year we have different disguises,” Clark said.
The art project is coupled with a writing project in which their creation declares, “I am not a turkey!” and explains what it is.