Need something fun and educational related to Thanksgiving? If so, this activity may be just what you need!
This activity requires students to read a bunch of clues and fill in a table to organize the clues so they can determine what took the Thanksgiving turkey. Using the clues and the measurements of the predator’s paw prints, the students should be able to determine if it was a red fox, gray fox, coyote, or bobcat that took the turkey from the turkey farm.
The crime itself is fairly easy to solve, the real work comes when the students write their CER. This part of the worksheet looks like this:
After completing the reading and note-taking, you must determine which predator took the turkey . You must write your answer and prove it using CER.
C = your claim. What took the turkey?
E = Evidence. You must discuss all the evidence against the predator you think took the turkey and evidence explaining why it can’t be the other predators.
R =Reasoning. This ties it all together. What is the evidence telling you?
This activity involves organizing information, measuring in centimeters, problem solving, and backing a claim with evidence. It is everything you need to make Thanksgiving more fun!
Grades: Middle School, High School, Homeschool
Subjects: Thanksgiving, Forensics, Science