For kindergarten, my son has to come up with a "Friday Fun Fact" every week. The teacher gives a topic. This week, it was Thanksgiving. He decided he'd like to share how many turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving day. Before researching the answer, he and his twin brother estimated. First guess was a billion. Then we discussed that Thanksgiving is a national holiday, and there are only 300 million people in the U.S. And then he realized that sometimes one turkey is used at a gathering of many people, so it'd be much less than 300 million. He finally guessed 8 million. His twin brother guessed 4 million. I split the difference and guessed 6.7 million.
We all woefully underestimated. According to Turkey Facts (infoplease.com), approximately 45 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving day! Holy smokes! That accounts for one-sixth of all turkeys consumed in the U.S. annually.
Are there any fun activities you'll be doing in your class for Turkey Day? Or with a short week before the holiday, some teachers use this as a chance to explore a math topic that isn't normally part of the curriculum. What will you be doing with your students the two or three days prior to Thanksgiving?