edHelper.com
Thanksgiving
A Letter from Your Nervous Thanksgiving Turkey



A Letter from Your Nervous Thanksgiving Turkey
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.56

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    drumstick, jerking, strut, tuka, turk, turkey-inspired, plumage, ridiculous, cultural, wattle, eyesight, spite, fate, glimmer, needless, sneaking
     content words:    Ben Franklin, Christopher Columbus, Turkey Trot, Butterball Company, United States, White House, Harry Truman, Abraham Lincoln, Got Beef, Your Nervous Thanksgiving Turkey


Print A Letter from Your Nervous Thanksgiving Turkey
     Print A Letter from Your Nervous Thanksgiving Turkey  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)


Quickly Print - PDF format
     Quickly Print: PDF (2 columns per page)

     Quickly Print: PDF (full page)


Quickly Print - HTML format
     Quickly Print: HTML


Proofreading Activity
     Print a proofreading activity


Feedback on A Letter from Your Nervous Thanksgiving Turkey
     Leave your feedback on A Letter from Your Nervous Thanksgiving Turkey  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



A Letter from Your Nervous Thanksgiving Turkey
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Hey all you Turkeys!
 
2     Gobble, gobble! I am your future Thanksgiving turkey, and I thought you might like to know a few bits of trivia about me before you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner.
 
3     Before you chomp down on your turkey drumstick (I shudder at the thought), you should know that Ben Franklin felt that I should be the national bird. He thought that the bald eagle was a coward. I'll admit, he did say that I was vain and silly, but he still thought I would be a better choice. I think that coins with turkeys on them would look splendid.
 
4     My name, turkey, comes from the word "tuka." Tuka is an Indian word for peacock, and Christopher Columbus felt that he had discovered India and that the turkey was a type of peacock. Others have noticed that when a turkey is scared, he makes a "turk, turk, turk" noise, so maybe that is why I am called a turkey.
 
5     No matter how we were named, the fact remains that we are a stunning bunch. An adult male turkey has lovely plumage, or feathers, and he does a spectacular dance to attract the ladies. Only the males can gobble. A male turkey is called a tom. The ladies make a lovely, gentle clucking or clicking sound.

Paragraphs 6 to 12:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


Thanksgiving
             Thanksgiving


More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets


Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
Mazes
50 States

Monthly Themes
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Fractions
Place Value
Time and Calendar
Money
Earth Day
Solar System
Analogies
Nouns
Following Directions
Listening
Capitalization
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
Dinosaurs
All About Me

Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Multiplication
Division
Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Measurement
Decimals
Rounding
Order of Operations
Verbs
Community Helpers
Adjectives
Plants
Grammar
Addition and Subtraction
Contractions
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts





Copyright © 2011 edHelper