Looking for some turkey music and movement activities you can use in your November music lessons? I’ve got some easy to use ideas in this blog post today for your preschool through sixth grade students.
TURKEY MUSIC AND MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES
Here are some music and movement ideas you can easily integrate into your current music lessons, or help to create new ones.
Keep reading to learn how to integrate IMPROVISATION, FORM, COMPOSITION, and LITERACY in music class.
After all, everyone loves turkey music and movement activities. And you can have both in your lessons.
IDEA #1 TURKEY MOVEMENT ACTIVITY
“The Turkey Lurkey” Music and Movement Activity
Sung to the tune of “The Hokey Pokey”!
This song can be used with any of your November and Thanksgiving music lessons.
It’s a favorite turkey music and movement activity with my Kinder and First Graders.
- Song Presentation
- 1 sheet full lyrics
- 2 sheets full lyrics
- 1 Lyric coloring sheet
- 1 Rhythm worksheet
- 1 Writing worksheet
- There are 3 different presentations:
- 1 page
- 2 pages
- Full song with each verse.
You put your right wing in.
You put your right wing out.
You put your right wing in
and you shake it all about!
You do the Turkey Lurkey
and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!
You put your left wing in…
ACTIVITY IDEA #2 TURKEY DRAMA
Younger students love to pretend to be turkeys. Turkey drama can be positive using turkey music and movement activities.
I use this activity with “FIVE FAT TURKEYS ARE WE”
Create a big circle.
Tell the children that the middle of the circle is the barnyard.
Choose some of the students to be turkeys. About 5 if you have at least 20 students.
Play some folk music or teach the children “Five Fat Turkey’s Are We”.
As the circle of students sings, have the 5 children move in the circle like turkeys.
Stop the music. (Or at the end of the song.) The children choose 5 new students to be the turkeys.
Next, you can have students who have had a turn being a “turkey”, play instruments until everyone is playing and singing.
Ultimately, this activity could be used over several class times and really build on singing and playing skills!
I love these kinds of “turkey” music and movement activities!
ACTIVITY IDEA#3 TURKEY RHYTHM IMPROVISATION
Let’s go to the farm and visit the turkeys! Yay!
“Gobble, gobble, gobble!”
Let’s find some instruments that might sound like a bunch of turkeys.
Have some instruments chosen for students to use.
Choose instruments that work for your grade level.
UPPER ELEMENTARY IDEAS
Did I say 6th grade can do turkey music and movement activities?
Yes I did!
I believe that your 5th and 6th graders can use the recorder or the xylophone to compose a melodic phrase that resembles the sound of a turkey.
And- they’ll love creating stories and music to perform.
Do some experimentation.
Use this video as a starting point for your students to practice then create rhythmic and melodic patterns.
Play a nice bass steady beat for them and encourage them to improvise.
If your students know BAG, then you can play G steady beat.
Or, if the turkey is sad, play E for Em chord.
Next, have the students with smaller percussion instruments play their parts as solos.
Add the melodies as separate solos.
Then have everyone play together at the end of the song.
Be sure to experiment with dynamics.
Try beginning pianissimo and crescendo to fortissimo.
CREATE A RONDO!
Create a RONDO
Rondo FORM can be ABA, ABACA, or ABACABA, or A-B-A-C-A-D-A.
Try having each instrument group be a section of the RONDO.
A- Shaker part
B- Rhythm Sticks
C-Turkey Gobble on Xylophone
D-All instruments together
Keep it simple!
Focus on giving students opportunities to experiment and create versus “perfect” music.
You may want to consider having students then write their parts and refine the RONDO during the next class period.
Use these Thanksgiving themed recorder songs as part of the Rondo.
CREATE A STORY!
Older students will love creating a story about their turkey.
Have them create a short story using just 5-8 sentences.
Then have them create rhythmic and melodic phrases for each sentence in the story, or action.
Use all of these ideas for a turkey literature, music and movement activity.
If you’re looking for any music instruments you’ll want to go to the INSTRUMENT PAGE.
This is where I’ve listed my favorite classroom instruments and movement props for your turkey music and movement activities.
Not only are turkey movement activities a fun way to keep students motivated in November, but November music lessons can be a great time to refine skills introduced in the first quarter.
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