Read: “Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometimes It’s Feathers” by Lorna Balian and Lecia Balian
Instructions; For fun drop feathers every time Ol’ Tom loses his feathers and let the children pick them up when the game is done.
Supplies Needed; Scissors and crayons or markers.
Directions; Have children color and cut out "Tom Turkey" and his feathers. As you recite the poem (posted above). Ask the children to drop the feather as you recite the poem.
Materials needed: Paper plate, fake feathers, glue, construction paper brown, orange and red construction paper, scissors, and wiggly eyes.
Directions: cut one shape the size of an avocado, one shape the size of an egg, one size the shape of a small triangle for the beak. Put the large shape on the plate in the center-bottom vertical. Put the next size on top of this shape for the gobbler. Put the triangle at the top of the egg size shape for a beak. Put the wiggly eyes near the triangle. Or, let the children use these shapes any way they think is nice. Let the children glue on as many feathers as they think a turkey should have.
Read: “Mixed Blessing; A Children’s Book About a Multi-Racial Family” by Marsha Cosman and Kyra Kendall
We have created two versions of this rhyme, to illustrate different types of families, Please feel free to edit the poem to suit your students needs.
Materials needed: construction paper, paint, scissors, glue, small picture of the child.
Directions: Have the children make a hand print on a piece of construction paper. Write the title at the top saying, "NAME’s Family” Cut out feathers. Have the children write the name of each person in their family on a feather and glue to the hand. Glue the child’s picture to the thumb (head of the hand turkey).
Read: “Grateful” A Song of Giving Thanks” by John Bucchino and Anna-Lisa Hakkarainen.
Materials needed: a jar, rick-rack, stickers etc., glue, scissors, Chocolate kisses.
Directions: Give each of the children a jar, glue and scissors and decorations. Let them decorate their thankful jar. Send instructions home about how to use the Thankful Jar.
Instrctions: Each day have your child name something they are thankful for, and place a chocolate kiss in the jar. Celebrate by eating the thankful kisses on Thanksgiving.
Read: “Thanks for Thanksgiving” Julie Markes and Doris Barrette. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for small things, and family togetherness.
Activity: In circle time get out a large piece of paper and post it for the children to see. Explain what it means to be thankful, and have the children tell you what they are thankful for. Write their ideas on the posted paper. When finished, teach children the rhyme posted below.
Materials needed: Construction paper, 3 sheets of white paper, crayons, magazines or pictures, glue, scissors, picture of the child.
Directions: Instruct the children to paste their photo to the cover of the "I'm Thankful For" book. Let the children decorate their thankful book with pictures of things that they are thankful for.
Read: “Just So Thankful” by Mercer Mayer. Little Critter meets a new kid in town who has gadgets and toys that cost a lot of money, and he will never have. But he discovers that he has something better, things that money cannot buy, his family.
Rhyme: Help children recite this rhyme.
Materials needed: Small mason jar, construction paper, glue, wiggly eyes, markers, scissors and something to fill the jar (see below).
Directions: Cut out several feather shapes, a small triangle for the beak, and an oval shape for the "gobbler".
Instructions: Have child write what they are thankful for on a feather, attach the wiggly eyes and beak shape. Help children attach each feather and discuss what they are thankful and attach them to the jar. We filled our jars with pom poms, other ideas for fillers are M&Ms, tissue paper, raffia, or colored fabric.
Read: “I’m Thankful Each Day” by Hallinan and P.K., This book combines both English and Spanish for educators and second language speakers. Every day there is something new to be thankful for.
Have the children act as Turkeys as you recite this rhyme.
Thankful Calendar Project
Materials needed: Construction paper, marker, scissors, tape or ticky tac.
Directions: Print off a copy of the calendar posted below, you can use the stencils provided, or create your own.
Instructions: After reading the story, ask the children what they are thankful for. Write it on the shape and put it on the calendar for each day. By the end of the month the calendar will be filled with things the children are thankful for. Read each one every day until Thanksgiving.
Extension: Cut out or use a picture of a cornucopia for each child. Cut out vegetable or fruit shapes and let each child write something they are thankful for each day. Then send their picture home with the children for Thanksgiving to share with their families.