Google Slides: Disguise a Turkey


During our last Google Cohort Meeting, my colleague, Nicole, shared Eric Curts‘ Google Slides activity, Build a Jack-O-Lantern with our elementary cohort teachers.  Students and teachers loved it.

The computer skills focused within the activity are:

  • Copy
  • Paste
  • Creating custom shapes with the polyline feature
  • Inserting shapes
  • Changing the fill color

I had the opportunity to co-teach the activity in a couple of first and second grade classes.  A few students nearly jumped out of their seats when they pressed control – v and saw the copied feature pop onto their screen.  Pure joy!!

Our Turn

After the success of the Jack-O-Lantern task, we searched for similar activity focusing Title slice for the Disguise a Turkey activityon Thanksgiving.  Our first move: check Eric Curts’ blog, Control Alt Achieve.  Eric has a great Build a Snowman Google slides activity, but at the time we didn’t find any Thanksgiving related posts. 😦   Second move:  Create our own!

The Disguise a Turkey task was a joy to make – A collective effort resulting in a lot of laughter.  Since the premise is to create a disguise for the turkey,  we provided various outfits and costumes. To use a costume, students will need to know how to move an object forward.  A gif showing the keyboard combinations is included in the slide deck.

    Three turkey heads waiting for their costumes.      A picture of a panda, pig, goat, dog and ghost costumes for the Disguise a Turkey activity.

We continued the model Eric established by including a writing piece.

Slide showing the writing prompt: Write about your trio of turkeys.

In the time we created Disguise a Turkey, Eric posted 2 Thanksgiving tasks.   Build a Turkey created by Beth Kingsley (@bethkingsley13) and another Disguise a Turkey created by Kelley Costa (@costasecond).  You can find them here.


Jorge, Caleb, Nicole and I hope you and your students enjoy this activity has much as we enjoyed creating it.

A picture of the Redlands Unified Instructional Tech Team

The Team:  Me, Caleb, Jorge and Nicole

Happy Thanksgiving!


Images used were either free downloads or labeled for reuse.  Many from Clip Art Library and Pixabay.


About jgvadnais

Instructional Technology Coach. Desmos Fellow. Google Level 1 Certified. SoCal transplant. New Englander at heart. Lover of yoga, dogs, green smoothies and coffee creamer
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