Center Focus

Turkey Math

According to The National Turkey Federation:

In 1999, about 273 million turkeys were raised. We estimate that 45 million of those turkeys were eaten at Thanksgiving, 22 million at Christmas and 19 million at Easter.

  1. Post this statistic at the math center.
  2. Ask your kids to find the percentage of turkeys eaten for each holiday.
  3. Then have them find out the average number of turkeys eaten per day for the rest of the year.
  4. You can also challenge them to find the average number of turkey eaten per person based on the population being 273 million in 1999. They can estimate the pounds of turkey per person based on an average weight per turkey of 15 pounds.
  5. Make sure they show all of their work.

More Center Focus Ideas

How Does Soap Affect Bubbles?
Chalk Drawings
The Great Wall of China
Letter to an Author
How Many Squares?
Division with Models
Pumpkin Measurements
Aluminum Boat Contest
Number Relationships
If You Could Be An Animal
The Mayflower Voyage
Bring Your Own Tale
Where Is This?
Mold Observation
Spring Into Science
Spaghetti vs. Macaroni
"A Busy Year" Reading
Round vs. Flat
M&M Fractions
Line Symmetry
Valentine Placemats
If the Earth Were Flat
Corn on the Cob
Interview a Veteran
Base10 Blocks
Political Debate about Celebration of Columbus Day
Pattern Necklaces
Cinco de Mayo Lookup
New Year’s Resolutions
Toothpick Sculptures
Alphabetizing Objects
Pumpkin Puffs
Area of a Shamrock
What Weighs More?
How Many Classrooms Fit?
Potato Latkes
Crooked vs. Straight
Biographical Data Organization
If I Were President...
The Pumpkin
Copying the Masters
Crossword Trivia
String Art
Olympic Rings
Write the Words
Who Is That?