This is a great Thanksgiving-themed activity to use with centers, partners, or individually to assess if students are hearing the difference between the short and long A sounds. Each student or group receives three turkeys (short A, long A, and no A) and 24 feathers. The students then say the item pictured on each feather, and determine what beginning sound they hear. There are 5 long A pictures, 9 short A, and 10 no A. The students place the feather onto the turkey they think it matches! Teachers can quickly check each students’ workspace for correctness!