I try to do at least one day of Thanksgiving activities for the kids. I will add to this in the next week.
Here is the list I choose from:
Cherry Pie song
Students love singing about their favorite kind of pie and it is a great way to also assess their i-tune singing.
Quilla Bung (I always do this for every grade)- a folk tale from the Singing Sack book. The students love singing the song of the geese and I love the suspenseful ending.
Twas the Night before Thanksgiving
A fun rhyming book
I love the rhyming in this book and the twist on the traditional “Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving” poem.
Old Turkey Stan
Skim, Skim, Skim (I make butter with the first graders, but you could do this with other ages too)- Butter Making Song
This is a Pumpkin Happy Poem
The Kindergarteners love it. Teach rhyming and emotions.
It has visuals, a reader, a coloring book, and a butter making pack with a fun song. This is great for K and 1st.
The Turkey Song
Every grade loves this. We act it out as we sing and on the refrain, we put hands on hips and shuffle our feet on each beat.
Here it is from the Koda’ly Holy Names website. A favorite of my students and it get them up and moving! The Turkey Song
Over the River and Through the Woods
(Sing the book and then have kids play bells to it)
Ho Ho Watanay– Iroquois song
We discuss the meaning (sleep sleep, little one…now go to sleep, now go to sleep). I often have older grades conduct this in 4 with me.