When we first took up residence on Turkey Trot Lane over twenty years ago, it was aptly named. We would occasionally see a flock of wild turkeys trotting down the road or across our yard. These sightings gradually diminished and eventually disappeared over the years. The last time we saw turkeys in their natural habitat was driving along a primary road, which winds through farmland and vineyards, about 20 miles from home. I had to stop and wait for a large flock of turkeys, including little ones, to leisurely walk across the road. This unexpected experience certainly brightened my day! Be sure to check out the links below for interesting facts about turkeys.
As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, I have been busy revising old and creating new turkey-themed resources.
It is an easy to prepare cut and paste activity appropriate for first and second graders. There are sets of feathers for sorting even and odd numbers 1-10, 11-20, and 1-99. Simply print and give each student a pair of turkey bodies and a set of turkey feathers. You can print on white or colored paper.
Students color, if using white paper, cut and sort the feathers, and glue the correct feathers to each turkey body. The completed turkeys can be used as a bulletin board or wall display. They can also be glued onto paper.
I also created an open-ended resource, Turkey Feather Number Ordering which is available to purchase in my TpT store, for sequencing numbers 0-120 in a variety of ways. This resource includes a color option for creating math stations and black/ white for cut and paste activities. Ideas for sequencing numbers include consecutive numbers within a decade (24, 25, 26, 27, 28), consecutive numbers across a decade (67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73), nonconsecutive numbers (18, 35, 41, 58, 75), count by 2’s, 5’s, or 10’s (30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60), and counting by tens off the decade (42, 52, 62, 72, 82).
Additional Turkey/ Thanksgiving Themed Resources ($) From My TPT Store
- Roam the Room Turkey Fun Number Sense 1-10
- Roam the Room Turkey Trottin’ Teens Number Sense 10-19
- Roam the Room Turkeys in the Kitchen Tens and Ones
- Roam the Room Base Ten Turkeys Hundreds Tens and Ones
- Turkey Comparisons with Two-Digit Numbers
- Turkey Comparisons with Three-Digit Numbers
- Thanksgiving Dinner An Emergent Reader Plus More
Turkey Facts and Information for Kids
- 11 Fun Facts About Turkeys
- National Geographic Wild Turkey (great collection of photos)
- Audubon 9 Fun Facts About Turkeys
- PETA 10 Photos That Prove Turkeys Are Awesome (includes a pledge not to eat turkeys at the bottom of the page)
- My Family’s Farm (a free e-book about a boy and his family’s commercial turkey farm)
- National Wildlife Federation Twelve Unusual and Fascinating Facts About Turkeys
Links to More Turkey/ Thanksgiving Themed Activities for Learning and Fun