My first graders and I "researched" turkeys, and made practice sketches. After choosing their best/favorite one, they drew it bigger, and traced it with a sharpie. I gave them water color crayons and let them paint in their turkeys. While they worked, I asked them questions about turkeys, and took notes. It made a great thanksgiving project while slipping in skills we'd have to cover anyway. Just love to hide the learning in there amidst the fun.