Being Thankful: November 5th-16th

Theme: Being Thankful

Class Description: November is the perfect time to discuss what it means to be thankful. During these two weeks in music class, we sang songs about being thankful for the things we have such as family, friends, our homes, our food, etc. We also talked about times that we can be thankful to people throughout the rest of the year. We also learned how to say thank you in Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and American Sign Language! We also discussed the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and how it came to be. We talked about the foods that we all might be eating at our Thanksgiving dinner. Finally, we talked about our classroom meal times and how we should be thankful to the Earth for all the wonderful foods we get to eat.

Musical Elements: Melodic repetition, steady beat, pitch matching, melodic recognition, pitch and vocal exploration.

Academic Skills: Listening, focusing, contributing to a discussion, practicing patience, anecdotal recal and brainstorming things to be thankful for.

 

Songs About Being Thankful

Thank You, Thank You

Sung to: "Twinkle, Twinkle little star"

Thank you, thank you, very much
For everything that I can touch.
Thanks a lot for nature’s food.
And for when I’m feeling good.
Thank you, thank you very much.
For families and friends and such.

 

Let’s Be Thankful

Sung to: "Twinkle, twinkle little star"

Let’s be thankful for this day
For our friends and for our play
Let’s be thankful; lets be glad
For the food and things we have
Let’s give thanks for you and me
And our home and family

 

If You're Thankful and You Know It

Sung to: "If You're Happy & You Know It"

If you're thankful and you know it clap your hands
If you're thankful and you know it clap your hands
If you're thankful and you know it
Then your face will surely show it
If you're thankful and you know it clap your hands!

(Stomp feet, shout HOORAY, nod your head, say “thank you!”)

 

I Am Thankful

Sung to: "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain"

I am thankful for my dog and my cat,

And my teddy bear who wears a funny hat.

I am thankful for soft kittens and my nice warm winter mittens

And my swing set and my baseball and my bat

I am thankful for my crayons and my books,

 And the way a brand new baby smiles and looks,

I am thankful for potatoes and for juicy ripe tomatoes,

And for all the tasty food my family cooks.

I am thankful for our moms and our dads,

They all love us when we’re good or when we’re bad,

I am thankful for the flowers and refreshing April showers,

All the pretty things around me make me glad.

 

Mealtime Songs:

For the Golden Corn

For the golden corn, and the apples on the tree,

For the golden butter and the honey for our tea,

For fruits and nuts and berries that grow along the way,

For birds and bees and flowers,

We give thanks every day.

 

The Earth Is Good To Me

Oh, the earth is good to me,

And so I thank the Earth,

For giving me the things I need

Like the sun and the rain and the apple seed,

The Earth is good to me.

 

V2

For every seed I sow,

Their grows another tree,

And soon there’ll be apples there

For everyone in the world to share

The Earth is good to me

 

 

The First Thanksgiving:

 

IN NOVEMBER*

(sung to the tune of Alouette)

Verse 1

In November all of us remember how the first Thanksgiving came to be.      Pilgrims had a merry feast, splendid at the very least.                                                         Merry feast, (at the least,) Ohhhh,

 

Verse 2
In November all of us remember how the first Thanksgiving to be.                   Baked a tasty turkey roast, they all said that it's the most.                                 Turkey roast, (it's the most,) merry feast. (at the least,) Ohhhh,

Verse 3

In November all of us remember how the first Thanksgiving came to be.          Made a sauce o' cranberry, Oh, what fun and how merry.                           Cranberry, (how merry,) Turkey roast, (it's the most,) Merry feast, (at the least,) Ohhhh,

Verse 4

In November all of us remember how the first Thanksgiving came to be. Such delicious pumpkin pie, Everyone said "my, oh, my!"                                        Pumpkin pie, (my, oh, my!) Cranberry, (how merry,) Turkey roast, (it's the most,) Merry feast, (at the least,) Ohhhh,

Verse 5

In November all of us remember how the first Thanksgiving came to be. Pilgrims in a brand-new land, Thankful for their freedom grand

Brand-new land, (freedom grand,) Pumpkin pie, (my, oh, my!) Cranberry, (how merry,) Turkey roast, (it's the most,) Merry feast, (at the least,) Ohhhh,

In November all of us remember how the first Thanksgiving came to be.

 

*This song is also available on Miss Robin’s Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fWUgVYxTDk&feature=g-upl