Thanksgiving time has just come!
Thanksgiving is the time when family and friends gather together to count their blessings. The centerpiece of this holiday is a traditional turkey dinner with all the extras. In keeping with the theme of this holiday, the people gathered around the table offer up toasts (speeches in honour of a person or thing) as a way of thanking for all the good things in their lives.
Let’s give the guest of honour of this festivity, the turkey, some thought.
Did you know that, even though they are generally seen as large and ungainly, turkeys:
• Can fly up to 55 MPH over short distances?
• Run up to 25 MPH on the ground?
• Have excellent hearing but no ears?
• Have a poor sense of smell?
• Sometimes sleep in trees?
• Over 45 million turkeys are prepared and eaten in the United States for Thanksgiving each year?
• Age does matter here. Older male turkeys are generally considered to be tastier?
• Only male turkeys gobble, and they can be heard a mile away; the females only cluck?
• Turkeys may “gobble gobble” in English, but in Spanish they say “Gluglu gluglu”?
• Can see in colour?
If you wish to find out more about this American celebration, take the exercise below and complete the activities to check your understanding:
And you? What are you thankful for?