Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pre-School Storytime/Craft: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving -- Celebrating the holiday with a dash of history, silliness, and appreciation for the many cultures that make up this country. (This is a long program-- not all items used in all groups)

Opening Music & Closing Hand Stamping "All I Really Need" and "Thanks a Lot" on Raffi's Baby Beluga (and other albums)

Book/Song: One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims – B.G. Hennesey (made fists and counted with the book – numeracy/enumeration skills, also used illustration of Pilgrim "planting" fish to talk about how Native Americans showed Pilgrims to use fish to provide nutrients (“vitamins") for the plants – like compost.)
Prop/Song: I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie – based on the book by Alison Jackson (great song for helping kids work on their memory skills – try to have them remember the different foods in the countdown; can also use rhyming reminders (phonemic awareness) as clues.) (We use a cardboard old lady with a plastic see-through stomach panel and a cardboard box mounted behind for the food items.) Lyrics and more images:

Book: Over the River & Through the Woods – Lydia Maria Child (Historical song/book shows grandparents getting table ready for family.)

Flannel: Hurray It’s Thanksgiving Day Tune: “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”(good for talking about different relatives)

The Pilgrims are coming to celebrate, Hooray! Hooray!
The Pilgrims are coming to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
The Pilgrims are coming so don't be late,
We'll eat and dance to celebrate.
And we'll all be glad, so -- Hurry and don't be late.
Additional verses: Our Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins…

This is the Turkey -- Abby Levine (Cute cumulative tale of Thanksgiving preparations.)Possible books for older groups only -- Duck for Turkey Day – Jacqueline Jules (idea that Thanksgiving goes beyond the food we eat; multicultural aspects) or Thanksgiving at the Tappletons – Eileen Spinelli (Funny book with message that Thanksgiving is important for the company we keep not the food we eat.)

Glove Puppets : Uno, Dos, Tres Amigos (reinforces idea that we all have come from different places but celebrate together; enumeration practice, learn/reinforce Spanish language numbers)
Diez Amigos "10 Friends" (glove puppets)Tune: “10 Little Indians”
Uno, dos, tres amigos,
Quatro, cinco, seis amigos,
Siete, Ocho, Nueve amigos,
Diez amigos son.
One, two, three friends,
Four, five, six friends,
Seven, Eight, Nine friends,
Ten friends are we.

Action Song: Turkey Trot (action) Tune: “Hokey-Pokey” (used whenever we needed to get up and move) (kinesthetic learning, left & right identification for older kids)
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, drumsticks or legs, tail feathers , wattle, beak, turkey body.

Book: Setting the Turkeys Free –W. Nicola-Lisa (art project idea)

Flannel/Song: The Turkey Ran Away Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”
The pumpkin ran away
Before Thanksgiving Day
Said he, "They'll make a pie of me, if I decide to stay."
Additional verses: cranberry…some sauce; bread…some stuffing…; cucumber…a pickle; apple…some juice; turkey…a roast.

Towel folding story: The Case of the Missing Thanksgiving Turkey -- Rhonda Turley   Piedmont, OK via PUBYAC. Video:  (or search youtube for towel and chicken):
"Last year, I was in charge of cooking the family thanksgiving turkey.I set my alarm for early in the morning so I could pop it in the oven to cook for our family dinner.
When the alarm went off, I got up, put on my fuzzy slippers and shuffled out to the kitchen to get the bird.  I opened the fridge, and…IT WAS GONE!
Where could it be!? (this is where the towel folding starts…lay the towel out flat)
I looked everywhere!
I rolled up the living room rug (roll one end of the towel to center)…it wasn’t under there.
I pulled down the covers on my bed (roll other end to the center)…it wasn’t there.
I turned over the couch cushion  (Flip rolled towel over so rolled ends are underneath)…it wasn’t there.
I looked under the chair (fold towel in half end to end, and hold upright like a bouquet of flowers)…it wasn’t there.
I looked in the flower vase (peek in end of one tube and pull up the corner of the towel)
I looked in the umbrella stand (peek in end of one tube and pull up the corner of the towel)…it wasn’t there.
I even looked in the trash can  (peek in end of one tube and pull up the corner of the towel)...thankfully it wasn't there!
Finally, I looked in the cookie jar  (pull up last corner of the towel)
(here’s the finale…grasp two corners with one hand, the other two corners with the other hand, and pull them apart…resulting in what looks like a plucked bird.)
…And there it was!"


Optional Song: The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven (words: Jack Prelutsky, chorus: Cathy Darby)Tune: “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” Check it out on Youtube, subtitled in Chinese! 

The turkey shot out of the oven
And rocketed into the air,
It knocked every plate off the table
And partly demolished a chair.
Oh my, oh me, why didn't I follow the recipe?Oh my, oh me, why didn't I follow the recipe?
It ricocheted into a corner,
And burst with a deafening boom,
Then splattered all over the kitchen,
Completely obscuring the room. Chorus
It stuck to the walls and the windows,
It totally coated the floor,
There was turkey attached to the ceiling
Where there'd never been turkey before. Chorus
It blanketed every appliance,
It smeared every saucer and bowl,
There wasn't a way I could stop it,
That turkey was out of control. Chorus
I scraped and I scrubbed with displeasure,
And thought with chagrin as I mopped,
That I'd never again stuff a turkey
With popcorn that hadn't been popped!

Optional Book (lift the flap): In the Fiddle is the Song – Durga Bernhard (emphasizing potential, self worth)

Optional Video: Reading Rainbow: Brush (available on Youtube) – book …fast forward from book to balloon inflation or just Macy's balloon and parade segments or Reading Rainbow: Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message -- Jake Swamp 299.7 SWAMP (also available as Reading Rainbow episode with Public Performance Rights called "Stories for Thanksgiving)

Optional Craft: handprint turkeys inspired by Setting the Turkeys Free –W. Nicola-Lisa (use handprint cutouts)


Thanks for Thanksgiving – Julie Markes
The Thankful Book -- Todd Parr
Bears Says Thanks– Karma Wilson

Check out more great ideas:
Turkey Tale Draw and Tell:
2016 storytime/craft : handprint turkeys


11/17 10 a.m. & 4:30 STEAM (Make a handprint turkey – tell where your family is from and make a wish for the world…)




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