The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven


By Jack Prelutsky

The turkey shot out of the oven,

It rocketed into the air,

It knocked every plate off the table,

And partially demolished a chair.

It ricocheted  into a corner,

And burst with a deafening boom.

Then splattered all over the kitchen,

Completely obscuring the room.

It stuck to the walls and the windows,

It totally coated the floor.

There was turkey attached to the ceiling,

Where there’d never been turkey before.

It blanketed every appliance,

It smeared every saucer and bowl,

There wasn’t a way I could stop it,

The turkey was out of control.

I scrapped and scrubbed with displeasure,

And thought with chagrin as I mopped,

That I’d never again stuff a turkey

With popcorn that hadn’t been popped.

This amazing poem comes from the book “Something Big Has Been Here”.  My class loved it and when I told them that we needed to pick one poem to learn for our Thanksgiving/Christmas Program that is coming up in December, both of my students requested this one.

The issue with this is that there are some big words in it for my Pre-K students.  So I sat down with them and asked them to raise their hand every time they heard a word they did not know what it meant.  The words that I have highlighted in red were the vocabulary words that they chose.


demolished to destroy

ricochetedto bounce around

deafeningextremely loud

obscuring to cover completely, unclean

appliancegadgets; in this case machinery used in the kitchen



I will have to scan in and add our turkey mask template to this post later on.

Here are a few cool ideas to go along with this poem.

Paper bag turkey with popped popcorn



response to poetry



If anyone who reads this has any additional ideas on how to do more with this poem in reading/language arts or even math I would love to hear your suggestions.  I love this poem, it’s funny, it’s fun, and it really gets the kids engaged.

By the way if you’re looking for the book this is in it looks like this


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