Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving Songs

Thanksgiving is a great time to teach children about what they can be thankful for.  You can use Thanksgiving as a time to talk about families, food groups, travel, manners, pilgrims, Native Americans and of course turkeys.  Here are some thanksgiving songs about being thankful and Thanksgiving Dinner.


Thankful and you Know it Sung to: "If you're happy and you know it"
If you're thankful and you know it clap your hands
If you're thankful and you know it clap your hands
If you're thankful and you know it then your face will surely show it
If you're thankful and you know it clap your hands


Idea #1: Let the children say things they are thankful for and put it in the song: "If you're thankful for your family clap your hands."
Idea #2: Add different motions: stomp your feet, jump around, shout "Thank you"
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We eat Turkey Sung to "Where is Thumbkin"
We eat turkey, we eat turkey
Yum, yum, yum
Yum, yum, yum
Always on Thanksgiving
Always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum
Yum, yum, yum


Idea #1: Substitute different foods we eat at Thanksgiving, by asking the students what food they see at Thanksgiving.
Idea #2: Have some play foods for the children to pick from and sing about each food.
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I love the Turkey Sung to "This Land is Your Land"
I love the turkey
I love the stuffin'
I love the gravy 
I love corn muffins
I love my family
Gathered all together
I'm glad Thanksgiving time is here


I love the pumpkin pie
I love potatoes
I love the green beans
I love to say hello
To all my family
Gathered all together
I'm glad Thanksgiving time is here


I love my grandma
I love my daddy
I love my grandpa
I love my mommy
I love my family
Gathered all together
I'm glad Thanksgiving time is here
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Thanksgiving Poem:
In school today we had to think of 
What we're thankful for
And for a kid as small as me, 
That was quite a chore
I scrunched my eyes. 
I thought real hard. 
I stared down at my shoe.
And then I thought, 
"Oh wait, I know
What I'm thankful for is YOU!"
- Jamie Stogner


Recommended Books:
1. Thanksgiving Mice by Bethany Roberts
2. Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble by Abby Klein
3. The Little Engine that Could Saves the 
    Thanksgiving Parade by Watty Piper
4. Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
5. . . If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern







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