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I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving!
I can’t believe we are already into the Christmas season! I admit I have been sneaking Christmas music for the last few weeks, though! But there’s something about Thanksgiving that makes it all the more real.
I love the week of Thanksgiving, and all of the preparations that go into Thanksgiving, itself. I like doing Thanksgiving themed lessons at school, and I especially enjoy doing Thanksgiving themed crafts and activities at home with my little guys.
This year, however, I got really sick at school on Tuesday, and only started to feel better toward the end of Thanksgiving day. Even though I didn’t get a Thanksgiving post up before Thursday, I decided better late than never! Today I’ll be sharing a song I teach to kindergarten and first grade, Shoo Turkey. The song is a call and response song, so it is easy to adapt as needed. Kids enjoy coming up with movements to shoo the turkey, and they like to tell the story of trying to find the turkey.
There’s a cute recording by Rosemary Clooney on youtube here. Even though I teach it around Thanksgiving typically, I will be sharing it with the first graders at school this week, so it will be the Christmas turkey.
A cute book to pair the song with is Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr. It is definitely a Thanksgiving turkey in the book, but it does a nice lead in to Christmas, in case you teach the song about a Christmas turkey, like I will be doing!
Ideas to go along with the song
- sing the song after page turns
- use part of the song to match each animal in the book.
- create turkey placemats by tracing your child’s hand and having them decorate/color them
- play a game where the turkey is running away from the farmer and the farmer has to guess where they are
There are lots of options! I’d love to hear what you come up with in the comments below! Have a wonderful weekend!