There are different types of turkeys. We talked about the benefits of large, fast-growing turkeys, as well as the benefits of slower growing heritage breeds. We have Bourbon Red turkeys, which are a heritage breed that does not reach a mature weight until 28 weeks. (Broad Breasted White turkeys, a common turkey for eating, reach a mature weight in 12-18 weeks.)
After recording their findings (and having a snack), the class listened as I read the book, "The Turkey Prince". I love this book! It is about a young boy who will one day become king. One night, at a banquet, the pressure of public speaking got to him. Overwhelmed, he hid under the table in the kitchen... and pretended that he was a turkey. In the story, a man finally helps the boy by also pretending to be a turkey, making friends with the young prince, and eventually gaining his trust. They traveled together, seeing sights and learning about different people. Finally, the young prince was confident and ready to become king! We had a great discussion about stress. Everyone gets overwhelmed sometimes! We also talked about what would have happened if the man had simply ordered the boy out from under the table. Patience and compassion helped to make the boy a strong and confident young man!
Although there was no reading assignment for last week, a few of the students wanted to write on their own, and brought their stories in to share with the class. I was so impressed! They read their stories, and then we began our turkey craft. The class made their next felt animal! These little guys ended up too thick to be able to sew together. We'll just alter the plan a bit, and these cute little turkeys can be stuffed next week!