Monday, November 5, 2012

Songs for Turkey Day!










Welcome back to More with Music!

Today I'm posting the songs I use the most as we prepare for turkey day.  The coolest part is that two of them are free if you would like to download them and use them too!

The first song I love to use is actually one by Hap Palmer. It talks about things we are thankful for. I created pictures to represent each answer in the song and in sessions, ask students to tell me what they are thankful for.

<a href="http://morewithmusic.bandcamp.com/track/i-am-thankful">I am Thankful by More with Music</a>

The next song I like to use is Ted the Turkey. Ted is a turkey who is running away for the dreaded Thanksgiving Day! I love to use this song because I get so many creative answers when we ask the question, "Where should Ted hide?" For some students, I have picture cards for them to choose a place for the turkey to hide (i.e. house, car, barn, truck, bale of hay,etc..).
<a href="http://morewithmusic.bandcamp.com/track/ted-the-turkey">Ted the Turkey by More with Music</a>

The Pilgrims and the Indians is another song I use mainly with the high school-aged students.
Many times the middle school students like it too though!
It is a song that very simply tells the story of the Pilgrims and the Indians and the first Thanksgiving. I created picture cards to help tell the story and the song can be sequenced with the pictures, (in terms of the Pilgrims coming from Europe to America, the ship they traveled on, etc..).


And finally, the last song for today's post is The Turkey Flew.
I wrote this song based on an idea from a children's book. 
In the story, the turkey falls out of the oven and the family has to "make do" with the food they have left for their feast.
I sing this song and then use this song to teach the food/dish names for Thanksgiving dinner. 
I ask students what they would eat for Thanksgiving and have picture cards to represent the different foods mentioned in the song.



So, that's it for today! Whew! 
What songs do you like to use for a Thanksgiving theme or Turkey theme?

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