We can't believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner! In music, we celebrated this American holiday by learning songs about Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for this year?
Our first graders learned a Thanksgiving song called, "Over the River and Through the Woods." It is also a children's classic which we read in class. After learning the first verse of the song, the students learned how to sing the song in sign language. Ask your child to perform this song for you! The second Thanksgiving song we learned was called "Smells Like Thanksgiving." It shares a tune with another familiar tune (ask your child if they remember what it is!), and each person in class was able to contribute by thinking of something you might smell on Thanksgiving Day.
The second grade students sang "Five Fat Turkeys," then learned a percussion ostinato part to go along with the song. The ostinato parts were, "Cook- Cook" and "Five-Fat-Tur-keys." An ostinato is a repeated rhythm or a phrase on the same pithes. Each of the students played the ostinato parts either on a xylophone or a glockenspiel.
The third grade students learned a hilarious song called "The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven." It has a verse/refrain form, and we split the class into 5 groups, so that each group could be "in charge" of one of the verses. Working as a team, they came up with a short routine to go along with their verse. Next week, the groups will perform for each other, and in between the verses the entire class will sing the refrain!
The chorus lyrics are on the blog (click that link, or "Chorus Lyrics and Recordings" on the side bar).
Have a fabulous weekend!