Hey, I’ve been so busy with the election and standards that I almost forgot about one of the BEST days of the year! Yep! Thanksgiving! Food, family, and a time to be grateful! Your children will LOVE this book and song about grateful Albuqueque Turkey!
(Tune: “My Darlin’ Clementine” – HAPPY EVERYTHING CD)
Albuquerque is a turkey (Put hands on hips like wings.)
And he’s feathered and he’s fine.
And he wobbles and he gobbles (Strut and wiggle.)
And he’s absolutely mine.
He’s the best pet you can get, (Pretend to stroke a turkey’s head.)
Better than a dog or cat.
He’s my Albuquerque turkey,
And I’m awfully proud of that.
Albuquerque is a turkey,
And he’s happy in his bed. (Lay hands on palms as you smile.)
Cause for our Thanksgiving dinner,
We’ll have pizza pie instead! (Palm up in the air like a pizza.)
Thanks to Martha Shehan for making this adorable book to go with the song.
Tie Turkey – Make your own Albuquerque turkey for your classroom. Cut out the body, head, and feet of a turkey and staple to a bulletin board. Have children bring in old ties from home and pin around the back of the body to resemble feathers.
Handprint Turkey – This idea is old as the hills, but it will be new to the children in your classroom. Have children place their hand on a sheet of paper extending all the fingers. Trace. Children turn the thumb into the head of the turkey and color the other fingers to look like feathers. Add legs, and there’s your turkey! You can also do this with paint. Paint brown paint on the child’s palm, red on the thumb, and a different color on each finger. Press firmly on a sheet of paper. Add legs and other details.
Turkey Glyph – Give each child a cut out of a turkey body. Provide them with paper feathers in the following colors. Children can add feathers to their turkey according to the foods they plan to eat for their Thanksgiving Dinner:
green – beans or peas
yellow – corn
white - mashed potatoes
orange – pumpkin pie
red – cranberries
purple – gravy
blue – dressing
brown – turkey
black – roll