Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension

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The Wishbone

Does this happen in your house on Thanksgiving?
You have a big meal. You eat turkey. You fight over who gets to break the wishbone.

How do you play the wishbone game?
Two of you make a wish. You each grab an end of the wishbone and pull. After it snaps, the one holding the bigger piece has their wish come true.

The wishbone game started thousands of years ago in ancient Rome. The Romans believed that chickens were lucky. They saved the bone between the neck and the breast of the chicken. They dried out the bone and then touched it and made wishes. There weren't enough wishbones to go around, so they had tug-of-war contests to see who would get good luck.

The wishbone game made its way from Italy to Europe. The Pilgrims brought it to North America where there were lots more turkeys than chickens. People began using turkey wishbones for luck, and it is still like that today.

Have you heard the expression "to get a lucky break"?
It may have come from the wishbone game!

Where in a turkey's body is the wishbone?
between the leg and the breast
between the neck and the breast
between the leg and the foot
between the neck and the breast In what country did the wishbone game start?
England
Italy
North America
Italy Why did the Romans save the wishbone?
They thought it was lucky.
They used it for soup.
The dogs liked to chew it.
They thought it was lucky. Who brought the wishbone game to America?
Christopher Columbus
George Washington
Pilgrims
Pilgrims How many people play a single wishbone game?
2
3
6
2 How long has the wishbone game been around?
since the Pilgrims in the 1600s
since the ancient Romans 2,000 years ago
since 1492
since the Ancients Romans 2,000 years ago What does the winner of the wishbone game get?
another wishbone
Their wish comes true.
a turkey
Their wish comes true.

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