Showing posts with label Turkey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Turkey. Show all posts

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Fun Facts About Turkeys - And a Digital Turkey Project

We frequently have wild turkeys come through our backyard. And almost as frequently one of my dogs will chase them until they fly off. I was recently telling a friend about this pattern and he said, "I didn't know that turkeys can fly." That's actually a pretty common response if you don't live where wild turkeys live. 

The fact that turkeys can fly is one of many fun facts about them. A couples are that they eat a lot of acorns and they will tear up your lawn looking for grubs and insects to eat. SciShow Kids offers a short video that is full of other fun facts about turkeys.

By watching Fun Facts About Turkeys students can learn a bit about the anatomy of turkeys including what the gizzard does, the calls that turkeys make, and their diets. 

In the fall of 2020 the switch to online and hybrid classes presented lots of challenges and required changing the way that we did some of our "old go-to" activities. For example, I received a few emails from readers looking for some ideas on how to do a digital version of the classic Thanksgiving Thankfulness Turkey project in which students add feathers to a drawing of turkey and each feather has something they're thankful for written on it. My suggestion for creating a digital version of the Thankful Turkey was to use a combination of Pixabay and Google Drawings. I made this short video to illustrate how that process would work. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Chemistry of Thanksgiving or "Why It's Not the Turkey Making You Sleepy"

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the United States. Just like I did last year, on this Thanksgiving Eve I found a video that would have made for a nice Thanksgiving-themed lesson. So even though it is too late to use it this year, bookmark the Thanksgiving Turkey Compilation from the Reactions YouTube channel. The video explains two things. First, it explains how the deep-frying process works and how it helps to make a turkey more flavorful. Second, the video explains why turkey isn't the primary culprit in making you drowsy after devouring your Thanksgiving meal.

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