Thanksgiving in the Music Room

A leaf and acorn, with a wooden sign that reads "Happy Thanksgiving"

Since Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away, today I'm going to blog about my favorite Thanksgiving activities for the music room.

Thanksgiving this year happens to fall on my birthday, so I'm feeling especially festive. 🙂 Here goes!

Turkey rhythms

I wrote this blog post about using foam turkey feathers and paper plates to build rhythm turkeys. Here is a picture of my students working on it. It was a fun group activity and a great way to practice ta and ti-ti! You could use it with any rhythmic concept.

Turkey rhythms: A great way to practice rhythm! Blog post includes other great activities for Thanksgiving in the music room!


I found this book on Pinterest last year, and finally got around to ordering it for next week's classes. It features a beautiful song by Art Garfunkel, and illustrations by John Bucchino and Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen. Excited to use it as a way to discuss meaning of lyrics, discuss what it means to be thankful/ grateful, and improve listening skills! (Note: I first ordered the book on Amazon, but it's out of stock, so I then reordered it on Books-A-Mllion. You can see the link by clicking on the picture of the book below):

Grateful: A beautiful picture book that could work really well around Thanksgiving. Blog post includes other great activities for Thanksgiving in the music room!

Fox Hunter's Song

I just finished researching songs from the Chippewa, Iroquois, and Ottawa tribes, and it was musically so interesting to look at the similarities and differences in the songs, when looking at songs from specific tribes. I found quite a few gems that are great for teaching low la, like this song, which is from the Chippewa/Ojibwe tribe:

Fox Hunter's Song: A Chippewa song.  Blog post includes other great activities for Thanksgiving in the music room!
I just found this website that has several great links and resources for teaching about indigenous peoples during Thanksgiving in a culturally responsive way.

Looking for more games and activities for Thanksgiving? Check out these:

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

2 Responses

  1. Check out Ojibwe.net as well. There are great teachings that can be taught by non-Native teachers. Smithsonian Native 360 is a wonderful resource where Nations share information they choose to share. If you want more information about Nations in your area, check the Nation’s website and there may be contact information or teachings that can be shared.

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