Thanksgiving Turkey Reading Passage for Middle School


Learn about wild turkey characteristics and behavior!

Grades 6-8

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Includes both PRINT and GOOGLE options!

In this activity, students will:

  • READ about the characteristics, behavior, breeding, and the historical population changes of wild turkeys. Includes an explanation of what Ben Franklin¬†really¬†said about turkeys!
  • ANSWER text-dependent reading comprehension questions.
  • ANALYZE a turkey diagram to learn more about turkey anatomy. Students will see the difference between a turkey’s¬†snood,¬†caruncle,¬†keel, and much more!

No prior knowledge is required – students learn it all within the activity!

Save time and copies Рmake just one class set of the reading and reuse class to class. Students only need to write on the questions sheet.

Teacher Notes:

  • GO PAPERLESS! Use the included Google version!
  • Makes a great sub plan in November!
  • Answer key included.
  • Please note that this Thanksgiving Turkey Reading Passage is not editable.
  • Check out more resources in the Thanksgiving science section of our shop!


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