for Turkey Day
The students will identify the
characteristics of birds for classification and identify
facts about turkeys.
book or web site which defines the characteristics of
birds. The following web site may be helpful: Encarta
information on the turkey. A book such as All
About Turkeys by Jim Arnosky or one of the
following web sites: All
About Turkeys for Kids, or Meet
the Wild Turkey.
feathers or feathers cut from construction paper (one
the different ways animals can be classified: mammals,
reptiles, insects, fish, birds, etc. Ask the
students where the turkey belongs in the
the students to attempt a definition of bird.
Write their responses on chart paper or the
blackboard, whether they are correct or
the book or web site which classifies birds as
warm-blooded animals with wings, feathers, a backbone,
and a beak, which hatch from eggs. Go back over
the responses of the students to determine if their
statements were correct. For example, the
students may have said, "All birds
fly." Point out that not all birds can fly,
such as the penguin and domesticated turkeys (wild
turkeys can fly).
out the Turkey
Talk Worksheet. Have the students complete
the answer to question #1. (Younger students may
draw pictures for answers or complete the worksheet as
a whole class on chart paper.)
the students read the remaining questions (or the
teacher read the questions) before sharing the
information on the web sites and in the
out the "feathers". Direct the
students to raise their feathers in the air every time
they hear an answer to one of the questions from the
the book or share the information on turkeys.
The students should raise their feathers in the air as
they hear answers to the worksheet questions.
Allow time for the students to record the answers as
they are found.
the turkey to another type of bird.
a lesson on bird beaks and/or feet and how they are
adapted to fit the bird's needs. The following
link may be helpful: http://www.lam.mus.ca.us/birds/guide/index.html.
(Click on the Adaptations link.) This lesson
could also expand to include comparing turkey feet to
other kinds of animals' feet, i.e. webbed feet, paws,
the book All About Turkeys by Jim Arnosky.
Have the students write turkey facts on feather shapes
and create a classroom turkey fact book.
baby turkey is called a poult. Use the following
web link to learn more baby animal names: http://www.zooish.com/Names.htm.