We Are Thankful


I Am Thankful
Tune:  Are You Sleeping?
I am thankful. I am thankful.
Yes I am!  Yes I am!
I'm thankful for my family
And the friends who love me.
Yes I am!  Yes I am!
Thanksgiving Dinner
Tune:  Frere Jacques

We eat turkey, we eat turkey.
Oh, so good.  Oh, so good>
Always on Thanksgiving,
Always on Thanksgiving.
Hello, Mr.Turkey
Tune:  If You're Happy and You Know It

Hello, Mr. Turkey
How are you? (clap, clap)
Hello, Mr. Turkey
How are you? (clap, clap)
With a wobble, wobble, wobble
and a gobble, gobble, gobble
Hello, Mr. Turkey
How are you?

Turkey Trot
Tune:  Hokey Pokey

You put your right wing in,
You put your right wing out,
You put your right wing in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the turkey trot
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

Additional Verses:
Left Wing
Tail Feathers
Turkey Body
The Turkey

The turkey is a funny bird.
(Hook thumbs together and spread fingers to create turkey tail.)
Its head goes wobble, wobble.
(Wobble head back and forth.)
And all it knows is just one word:
(Hold up one finger.)
"Gobble, gobble, gobble."
(Make mouth shape with hand, opening and closing it while sounding like a turkey.)
If You're Thankful
And You Know It
Tune:  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.
Additional Verses:
Stomp Your Feet
Shout "I am!"
Do All Three
I'm Thankful
Tune:  Row, Row, Row Your Boat

I'm thankful for my friends
And my family.
I'm thankful for the food I eat.
I'm happy to be me!
Song for Thanksgiving
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Thank you, thank you, very much
For everything that I can touch.
Thanks a lot for nature's food.
And for when I'm feeling good.
Thank you, thank you very much.
For moms and dads and friends and such.
I Eat Turkey
Tune:  Frere Jacques

I eat turkey,
(Point to self)
I eat turkey.
(Point to self)
Yes, I do,
Yes, I do.
(Nod head)
Turkey in my tummy,
(Rub tummy)
Yummy, yummy, yummy.
Good for me,
(Point to self)
Good for you.
(Point to others)
Albuquerque the Turkey
Tune: Oh My Darlin'Clementine

Albuquerque, he's my turkey,
And he's feathered and he's fine
And he wobbles and he gobbles
And I'm awfully glad he's mine.

He's the best pet you
could get yet
Better than a dog or cat
Albuquerque, he's my turkey
And I'm awfully glad of that.

Albuquerque, he's my turkey
He's so cozy in his bed
Because for our
Thanksgiving dinner
We had scrambled eggs instead.



Language Activities

Predictable Charts
Make a predictable chart with things your students are thankful for.  The writing frame is:
__________ is thankful for __________.

Encourage children to illustrate their sentence.  Laminate, bind and place in the classroom library.

Printable Thanksgiving Book

Click her to print a Thanksgiving Book with simple text.
Thanksgiving Book

Turkey Feather Letter Match

Cut out 26 turkey shapes on brown construction paper.  Write one lowercase letter on each turkey.  Cut out different colored construction paper feathers.  Label them with lowercase letters.  To play this game the children place the matching lowercase letters onto the turkey.

Writing Center Words
Brainstorm a list of Thanksgiving words.  Write each word on a sentence strip and also draw or cut out a picture that matches the word.  Place in the writing center for children to copy.
Beginning Sounds
Photocopy, color, and cut out several Thanksgiving pictures. (turkey, pilgrims, indians, corn, cornucopia, etc)  Glue onto large index cards.  Label the picture but omit the initial consonant:
To play this game the children say the word and use letter tiles in place of the initial consonant.
Ideas for Predictable Charts
Turkey is __________.
The Indians taught the Pilgrims __________.

I am thankful for __________.
Thanksgiving Letter Match
Write the word THANKSGIVING on a piece of paper and laminate.  Print out the word again and cut out each letter (or use letter tiles).  Laminate.  Have the children use the letter pieces to match onto the written word.  You could do this with any of the words on your Thanksgiving list!
Turkey Letter Matching
Program one paper plate with dot stickers in a semi-circle shape around the paper plate.  Draw or glue a turkey face in the middle of each plate.  Write a lowercase letter on each dot.  Program matching clothespins with a matching capital letter on each clothespin.  Students then clip to correct dots.

You can also program this activity for:
Matching sets to numerals 1 - 10
Matching colors to color words

Syllable Counting

Say a Thanksgiving word from your list in the Writing Center. (Thanksgiving, pilgrims, turkey, Mayflower, etc) Have the children clap out the syllables or use unifix cubes, counting chips, or pom poms to show the amount of syllables.

For a center you can make a simple graph on a large piece of construction paper.  Make four columns and label them 1, 2, 3, & 4. This represents the amount of syllables.  Place Thanksgiving pictures in this center too.  The children choose a picture, clap the syllables, and place it in the correct column. 

Color Words
Cut several turkey bodies out of brown construction paper.  Write a color word on each one.  Laminate.  Make feathers out of different colors.  Laminate.  To play this game, the children read the color word and match the correct feathers around the turkey body.

Turkey Letter Match

The turkeys for this game were from The Mailbox magazine.  You could use any turkey clipart.  Photocopy 26 for the uppercase letters and 26 for the lowercase.  Color and laminate.  The children find the matching letters.

Thank You, Thanksgiving

Read the book Thank You, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim to your class.  Together brainstorm all the things they are thankful for.  You can write it in predictable chart form:

Thank you, _______________.

Then, using the same format turn it into a class book or individual books.

Click below to download.
Thank You, Thanksgiving. (class book)
Thank You, Thanksgiving (individual book)

Math Activities

Corny Counting!

Photocopy a picture of an ear of corn, color and cut out.  Program each on with a number from 1 -10.  To play the game, the children place the correct amount of popcorn kernels onto each ear of corn.

Pattern Necklaces
Color ziti noodles with rubbing alcohol and food coloring.  Have the children string the ziti onto a piece of yarn by making a pattern with the colors.  Wear them as a necklace!
Favorite Food Graph
Find out children's favorite Thanksgiving foods by making a graph.  Draw a graph on a large sheet of paper.  Help the class think of 3 - 5 different foods that are usually eaten at Thanksgiving.  After children decide their favorite choices, place a picture of each food and write its name at the bottom of the grid.  Have each child vote for their favorite food by writing their name in the appropriate column.  Discuss the results.
Thanksgiving Patterns
Photocopy several pictures of Thanksgiving symbols such as turkeys, pilgrims, indians, pumpkins, etc.  Color, cut out and laminate.  Have the children use the pictures to make patterns.

Matching Games

Make an instant turkey matching file folder game at
Preschool Printables.
They also have a cute pie matching game.

Turkey Shape Match

I found this game in The Mailbox several years ago.  Each turkey body is a different shape - square, circle, diamond, heart, star.  I colored and laminated them.  The children sort them out by shape.


Art Activities

Handprint Turkey
Paint each child's palm and thumb with brown paint, then paint the other four fingers with whatever color they choose - these are the feathers.  Place their hand paint down on a white sheet of paper that has this poem already printed on it:

This isn't just a turkey
As anyone can see
This very special turkey
Was made by hand by me!

When dry, they can add the turkey's feathers with crayons and choose a color of construction paper to mount it on.  Cute gift for parents!
Coffee Filter Turkey
Have the children cut out a circle for the turkey head and an oval for the turkey body.  Glue and add facial features.  Use a coffee filter (the basket kind) for the feathers. Have the children spread it out flat, color it with markers, and then mist it using a water bottle.  Let dry.  Glue to the back of the body.
Corn on the Cob
Give each child a piece of cardstock paper with the outline of a corn on the cob.  Have the children fill the inside with real popcorn kernels (you can color it with different shades of tempera paint).  Use crepe paper for the husks. 
Another variation:
Instead of using colored popcorn kernels have the children use q-tips (or a pencil with an eraser) to dip into paint and dab onto the corn.

Bubble Wrap Corn Prints

Have the children trace and cut out a corn shape.  Give each child a piece of bubble wrap.  Dip into yellow paint.  "Stamp" it onto the corn cut out.  When it's dry add green leaves.

Turkey Bulletin Board

This is one of my favorite bulletin boards to do! 
To keep things easier for me I do this with one student at a time during free choice, so it takes about a week to get them all done.

You need a roll of brown paper (you can buy this at any shipping supply store like Staples).  Cut a long strip of the paper for each child.  Pour different colors of paint into paper plates.  Have the children dip their hands into the plate and make handprints all over the brown paper.  Let dry.  When they are dry I cut them into one long turkey feather.

One day at circle time we decide what else the turkey needs (head, body, feet, wings)  I choose small groups of children to work on each part together.  Everyone helps to glue black, brown, and white torn construction paper onto the body.

Then I staple it up to the bulletin board and spread all the wings around it.
It always comes out SO cute and we get TONS of  compliments on it!!


Turkey Cookie


1 Oreo cookie

1 red mini M&M's
2 orange mini M&M's

1 malted milk ball

chocolate frosting

6 candy corn pieces 

Cover one side of the Oreo with chocolate frosting.

Attach the the malted milk ball  near the center of the cookie (turkey body). Arrange candy corn pieces on chocolate frosting points going in.  Put some frosting above the malt ball (turkey head). Push the side of the red M&M into this as the wattle. Push orange M&M's into frosting below body (feet).


heavy whipping cream
dash of salt
baby food jars (enough for each student)


Put a small amount of heavy whipping cream and a dash of salt into each baby food jar. Shake until cream turns to butter while you chant:


Making Butter Boogie

Shake it up
Shake it down
Shake it, shake it all around.
Shake it high
Shake it low
Shake it, shake it to and fro.
Shake it over
Shake it under
Pretty soon, you'll have butter!


 Serve to students on crackers. 


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