Thanksgiving Songs


turkey sat on a backyard fence as he sang this sad, sad tune. Thanksgiving Day is coming gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble And I know I’ll be eaten soo-on.

Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble I don’t like Thanksgiving Da-ay.

Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble I would like to run aw-ay.


I believe the name of the tune I use for this song is “There ain’t nothing like a dame” from Annie Oakley

I am a turkey I walk sort of jerky (put hands in armpits for wings and strut) Around the old barnyard I hobble. Hobble. (strut) This is my head (point to head) And this is my tail (point to tail) I shake them (shake head and tail) And say gobble, gobble. GOBBLE!


Turkey Pokey (to the tune of Hokey Pokey) Give the children a feather for each had, stand in a circle, and sing: You put your right wing in You put your right wing out You put your right in And you shake it all about You do the Turkey pokey and you turn yourself around That’s what it’s all about Gobble Gobble 2. Your left wing 3. Your tail feathers 4. Your left foot 5. Your right foot 6. Your beak 7. Your whole turkey self etc.


Sing this to the tune of “If you’re happy and 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 then your face is sure to show it. If you’re thankful and you know it clap your hands.

Follow this with a list of what each child is thankful for. You can substitute the hand clapping with other body movements (e.g., jumping, hopping, shouting) to provide physical education as well.

Another option is to sing: If you’re thankful and you know it shout your praise. If you’re thankful and you know it shout your praise. If you’re thankful and you know it then your voice is sure to show it. If you’re thankful and you know it shout your praise.

Follow with “shouting” out what you’re thankful for.


“I’m Mr. Turkey”

I’m Mr. Turkey, Turkey, Turkey
I’m Mr. Turkey Big & Fat.
I’ve got feathers, feathers, feathers
I’ve got feathers down my back.
When I walk I wobble, wobble, wobble
When I talk I gobble, gobble, gobble
I’m Mr. Turkey, Turkey, Turkey
I’m Mr. Turkey Big & Fat.


THE TURKEY

He’s big and fat and he gobble gobble gobbles.
He spreads his tail and he gobble. gobble gobbles.
But when Thanksgiving Day is here it’s our turn to gobble gobble gobble.


Tom Turkey

There was a tom turkey that waddled around on yonder farm
He had a plump belly that touched the ground and wiggled as he sang this song.
oooh e oooh a a wing wang gobble gobble ding dang
ooh e oooh aa wing wang gobble gobble ding dang


Fat Turkeys Are We

Gobble, gobble, gobble Fat turkeys are we. We’re not here for livin’ We’re here for Thanksgivin’ Gobble, gobble, gobble Fat turkeys are we.


Over The River

Over The River And Through The Woods

To Grandmother’s House We Go

The Horse Knows The Way

To Carry The Sleigh

Through The White and Drifted Snow-Oh!

Over The River And Through The Woods

Now Grandfather’s Cap I Spy

Hooray For The Fun

Is The Turkey Done?

Hurry For The Pumpkin Pie!


The Turkey Song (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot”)

I’m a little turkey
Short and Fat
Thanksgiving Day is coming
Now what do you think of that?
I had better run as fast as I can
Or your mommy will roast me in a pan!

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.