Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Albuquerque Turkey
(Tune:  "My Darlin’ Clementine" - HAPPY EVERYTHING CD - Disk 1)

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!             (Put palm up in the air like twirling a pizza.)

Martha Shehan made an adorable book to go with the song using D. J. Hook's illustrations.  Here is the link so you can run off a copy for your classroom:

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.

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