Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thanksgiving Songs

Celebrate  Sung to: The Ants go marching one by one 
The pilgrims are coming to celebrate  Hurrah Hurrah
The pilgrims are coming to celebrate Hurrah Hurrah
The pilgrims are coming so don't be late
They'll sing and dance to celebrate
And we'll all have fun so hurry and don't be late! 
The Natives are coming to share their food Hurrah Hurrah
The Native are coming to share their food Hurrah Hurrah
The natives are coming so don't be late
They'll sing and dance and celebrate
And we'll all have fun so hurry and don't be late.

Other Verses:
The children are coming to play some games
The mothers are coming to cook the food
The fathers are coming to trade their goods


Idea # 1: Choose children to represent the different people in the song and act out the story.

Idea #2: Talk about the games children might play in those times, what the fathers might trade, how the mothers cook the food.
Sail The Mayflower Sung to:  Row Row Your Boat
Sail, Sail ,Sail the Mayflower 
Gently across the sea Merrily , Merrily , Merrily 
Pilgrims now are free. 
Chop Chop Chop the wood
Put in a pile
Build a little log cabin
That will make you smile
Children find a partner and sit facing each other.  They stretch arms and hold hands with their partner as they rock back and forth to “Sail Sail”  
During “Chop Chop” they pat each others hands and then make a house by reaching their hands up and putting them together with their partners.
Another Ten little Natives
1 little, 2 little 3 little Natives,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little Natives,
7 little, 8 little 9 little Natives,
10 little Native boys and girls.

They jumped in a boat and the boat flipped over,
They jumped in a boat and the boat flipped over,
They jumped in a boat and the boat flipped over,
10 little Native boys and girls.

They swam and they swam and they swam to their mother,
They swam and they swam and they swam to their mother,
They swam and they swam and they swam to their mother,
10 little Native boys and girls.

She hugged them, kissed them, and sent them to bed,
She hugged them, kissed them, and sent them to bed,
She hugged them, kissed them, and sent them to bed,
10 little Native boys and girls. 
Idea #1: Have the children pop up while you count the Natives.  
Idea #2: Act out the songs motions.
Idea #3: Count backwards 10 little, 9 little, 8 little Natives
Turkey in the brown straw (Sung To: Skip To My Lou My Darling)
Turkey in the brown straw, Ha, ha, ha, ha
Turkey in the brown straw Ha, ha, ha, ha
Turkey in the brown straw, ha, ha, ha, ha
Turkey in the brown straw
Turkey in the white sleigh, hey, hey, hey
Turkey in the blue sky, hi, hi, hi
Turkey in the red barn, harn, harn, harn
Turkey in the yellow corn, horn, horn, horn
Turkey in the green tree, hee, hee, hee
Turkey in the purple plum, hum, hum, hum, hum
Turkey in the pink bow, ho, ho, ho
Turkey in the black show, hoo, hoo, hoo

I have the children guess what 'H' word will rhyme. 

Driver Driver
  This old road is hard and bumpy (Alternate pat on legs)
  Five fat turkeys wild and jumpy (Hold us fingers, wiggle on 'wild', hands up on       
            'jumpy')
   Driver driver not so jerky (Pretend to drive)
   Or you'll make us loose a turkey (Wag finger)
           Driver! Driver! Stop I say! (Pretend to drive, hold up hand on 'stop')
   One fat turkey got away! (Hold up number of turkey)
   Repeat each verse until just one turkey is left and say:
             Driver! Driver! stop I say!
   Let's save this turkey for Thanksgiving Day!
Idea #1: Count down from 10, taking two away each time for skip counting
Idea #2: Count down form 12 taking different amounts away each time for subtraction


Ten Days of Thanksgiving
On the first day of Thanksgiving the natives gave to me.
A pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.

On the second day of Thanksgiving the natives gave to me
Two turkey gobblers, and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
On the third day of Thanksgiving the natives gave to me

Three Chief headdresses, two turkey gobblers, and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.

On the fourth day of Thanksgiving, the natives gave to me
Four cornucopias, three Chief headdresses, two turkey gobblers, and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
On the fifth day of Thanksgiving, the natives gave to me
Five bows and arrows, four cornucopias, three Chief headdresses, two turkey gobblers, and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.

On the sixth day of Thanksgiving, the natives gave to me
Six pairs of moccasins, five bows and arrows, four cornucopias, three Chief headdresses, two turkey gobblers, and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.

On the seventh day of Thanksgiving, the natives gave to me
Seven Native teepees, six pairs of moccasins, five bows and arrows, four cornucopias, three Chief headdresses, two turkey gobblers, and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.

On the eighth day of Thanksgiving, the natives gave to me
Eight woven blankets, seven Native teepees, six pairs of moccasins, five bows and arrows, four cornucopias, three Chief headdresses, two turkey gobblers, and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.

On the ninth day of Thanksgiving, the natives gave to me
Nine ears of corn, eight woven blankets, seven Native teepees, six pairs of moccasins, five bows and arrows, four cornucopias, three Chief headdresses, two turkey gobblers, and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.

On the tenth day of Thanksgiving, the Natives gave to me.
Ten loud tom-toms,nine ears of corn, eight woven blankets, seven Native teepees, six pairs of moccasins, five bows and arrows, four cornucopias, three Chief headdresses, two turkey gobblers, and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch. 

I make up motions for each one of the days and talk about how the Native Americans used these items.


Use these pictures for "Turkey in the Brown Straw" and "Ten Days of Thanksgiving"
Turkey in the Brown Straw
Ten Days of Thanksgiving

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting these. They will be perfect for my preschool coop this week.

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  2. You are so WELCOME! Hope the kids enjoy them.

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