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, 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.
Even and Odd Turkey Feathers
It is an easy to prepare color, cut, and glue 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 bodies and a set of feathers.
First, students color and cut the bodies and feathers. Next, they sort the feathers by even and odd numbers. Then, they glue the correct feathers to each body. The completed turkeys can be used as a bulletin board or wall display. They can also be glued onto paper.
Turkey Feathers in Order 0-120
This resource includes color and black/ white options for creating math stations.
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), counting 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).
I added (November 2019) a second set of ready to use, easy prep black/ white feathers with a variety of sequences, mixed-up within each set of five numbers (consecutive numbers 0-10, 0-20, within a decade 21-120, across a decade 21-120; and non-consecutive numbers 0-10, 11-20, 0-20, within a decade 21-120, and 11-120).
Use these for a color, cut, and glue activity.
Additional Resources ($) From My TPT Store
- Turkey Fun Roam the Room Number Sense 1-10
- Roam the Room Turkey Trottin’ Teens Number Sense 10-19
- Turkeys in the Kitchen Roam the Room 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
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