Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Turkey vs. Eagle 

Can you imagine Thanksgiving without turkey?  

Well, if Benjamin Franklin had it his way we may not be eating turkey for Thanksgiving at all! According to a letter Benjamin Franklin wrote to his daughter in 1784 he wanted to make the wild turkey, not the bald eagle, the national bird of the United States!

What did Ben Franklin see in the plump wild turkey besides a delectable dinner? According to his letter he clearly did not think the bald eagle was an appropriate candidate to represent the Unites States. He claimed the eagle was a lazy thief, and a coward.

Do you agree with Ben Franklin? 
Use World Book online to research a few facts about eagles or wild turkeys. 
What facts support your opinion? 
Write a 3-5 sentence paragraph stating your opinion. Be sure to explain your facts in your own words. 



  1. Dear Room 9,

    I do not agree with Ben Franklin because I think that eagles are fierce and courageous. They are not lazy thieves or cowards.

    Eagles have very strong legs and brilliant eyesight. They have very sharp claws which they use to catch prey. Eagles look courageous and fierce when they are flying in the sky. They have a wingspan of 7 feet.

    Sophia :)

  2. Miss P. & KimberlyDecember 17, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Dear families,
    Happy Holidays! This month, a lot of busy things are going on all over the place!
    Mostly every fabulous family has something on their plate! The holidays have already started for people that celebrate Chanukkah! But others are still busy getting Christmas presents ready! Every year people deck the halls with rows of holly and it makes the streets glow with excitement! What do you celebrate and what traditions do you have? Hope you have a happy holiday!
    Ryan and Kimberly!