Turkey’s Sandtastic Beach Day Activities for Reading Comprehension

I just fell in love with this new Wendi Silvano Sandtastic Beach Day turkey story. In the story, Turkey doesn’t want to be at the petting zoo, he wants to be at the beach. So he dresses up like a crab, seashell, shark, and surfer. Unfortunately, he gets caught every time. Don’t worry, this story has a sweet ending! This book is a great story to read if you are having a beach theme day at the end of the school year. This literature extension pack is filled with comprehension strategies that you can use and differentiate for all your learners. There are also writing and word work activities as well as fun math games. Students can create a fun turkey at the beach craft too!


Turkey’s Sandtastic Beach Day activities included:

Anchor Text:

  • “Turkey’s Sandtastic Beach Day” by Wendi Silvano

Reading Strategies:

  • Predicting 3 options
  • Main Idea and Details 2 options
  • Sequencing 7 cards cut & paste
  • Beginning, Middle, End 3 options
  • Text Connections 2 options
  • Author’s Purpose
  • Fiction or Nonfiction
  • Story Mapping
  • Character Analysis 2 options
  • My Opinion
  • Question & Answer
  • Key Events
  • Cause and Effect cut and paste
  • Features of Fiction
  • Retelling
  • Problem
  • Solution
  • Problem & Solution
  • Check for Understanding 2 options
  • Point of View
  • Character Change
  • Character Feeling

Word Work:

  • Play on Words write or cut and paste
  • ABC Order
  • Making Words “sandtastic day”
  • Syllables
  • Word Search
  • Word Scramble

Colorful posters

  • 6 questions cards
  • Main idea and Details
  • Sequencing cards
  • Characters & Setting
  • Problem & Solution


  • Top 10 Things I like to do at the beach make a list
  • Beach Day Favorites, write or draw
  • Narrative Prewriting and Writing My Day at the Beach
  • Retell Prewriting & Writing
  • Opinion Prewriting & Writing


  • Survey, Tally & Graph
  • Roll, Add, & Cover Beach Ball Fun
  • Sandtastic Triple the Fun Bingo
  • Head to the Beach Board Game
  • Roll and Subtract Coverall

Turkey at the Beach Craft

Letters ”Sandtastic Beach Day”

©Megan Mitchell