A school-age storytime celebrating thankfulness, kindness, and inclusiveness for the Thanksgiving holiday
Book: Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' by Eileen Spinelli. After calamity stalks every step of the preparations for the Tappletons' Thanksgiving dinner, they realize that there is more to Thanksgiving than turkey and trimmings.
Towel Folding Story: The Case of the Missing Turkey -- Rhonda Turley Piedmont, OK via PUBYAC. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq4eojAsNlY (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!"
Image: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Towel-Chicken (I use a brown towel.)
Book: Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules. Tuyet is terribly worried because her Vietnamese family is cooking duck for Thanksgiving Day - isn't that against the rules?!
Song with props: 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. This can be made as a craft) Lyrics and more images: www.4gaslps.com/IKnewAnOldLadyWhoSwallowedAPie.doc
Book: Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. The story of the puppeteer who created the balloons for Macy's parade. You can see more about the balloons in this segment from Reading Rainbow's episode "Brush" . Here is another behind-the-scenes look at the parade preparation
Book: 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")
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!
(Literacy Vols program shorter consisted of: Balloons Over Broadway, videos, towel folding, old lady and a puppet craft)
Other Thanksgiving books, ideas and songs: https://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/search/label/Thanksgiving
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.
Turkey Trot (movement) if needed.
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