Turkey Talk 2 – Week 13


1.  Turkeys and Scarecrows Bulletin Boards
I sent home a turkey for the kids to decorate with their parents any way that they chose, and then the children brought them back to share.  They told the class about their turkeys and tried to write about what was on the turkeys this week.  I put the turkeys, along with some cute scarecrows we made, on a bulletin board.  I think it turned out pretty cute!  Sorry I am passing this idea on to you so late, but maybe you can use it next year!  I am including the master today as a free download!  Next year I will try to include the directions for the scarecrow as well.  The problem is that I have so many ideas to pass along that my blogs get WAY too long- and then I suspect that folks don’t have time to read them all the way through!


Pilgrim Boy & Girl Freebie

2.  Pilgrim Boy and Girl Color Word Worksheets


I decided to go ahead and try to draw a pilgrim girl and boy so that I could add to my collection of clip art that I could use to make things.  And my first two creations are a couple of color word worksheets for the holiday!  Hopefully, it’s not too late for at least a few of you to make use of them.  Otherwise, maybe you can save them for next year.  I copied mine on colored xerox paper so that the children could color the white parts white rather than just skip them.  I also copied the girl on one side and the boy on the other, so that the kids could do the person of his or her choice, or even both sides if they are quick workers!  We did them when the kids were finished with their pilgrim hats, which are a nice project but rather quick.  So it was nice for them to have something else to work on when they were all done with their hats!


3.  Thanksgiving Guided Drawing
A few weeks ago I wrote a little bit about guided drawing with our farm animal unit.  I love to do guided drawing, so I did it again this week with my class!  The trick is to describe each shape to the children, one piece at a time.  Tell them that they cannot draw “ahead” of you, or guess what is coming next.  They must wait for you to give the directions before drawing each piece.  The children are always so pleased with their creations! Here’s my instructions for the Pilgrim Boy, Girl and Turkey to try for yourself!

4.   A Thanksgiving Sound Effects Story
I have been looking for a great way to tell the story of the first Thanksgiving and keep the children actively involved, and it occurred to me that a “Sound Effects Story” might be just the thing that we need!  So I decided to go ahead and write one, and I am including it as a free download!  This is supposed to be the real story of the first Thanksgiving, so it is a non-fiction story with some child produced sound effects added into it just for fun and for focus.

My Thanksgiving Sound Effects Story

If you are unfamiliar with the term, “Sound Effects Story,” here is a quick explanation:  In a “sound effects story,” the children are supposed to listen carefully to the reader and listen for certain words to be said.  When these words are read, the children should make the indicated sound and/or movement.  This helps to capture and keep the attention of the active and auditory learners.


5.  F-I-G-H-T, We don’t fight!!
My kids are LOVING the “Fight” song on Sing and Spell Volume 5!  My goodness, do they love to boogie or WHAT?  And, it is a great reminder of what to do when conflicts arise!  Just look at the lyrics:

F-I-G-H-T, We don’t fight!
F-I-G-H-T, We don’t fight!
Talk it over.  Walk away.
Find another game to play!
Talk it over.  Walk away.
Find another game to play!
F-I-G-H-T, We don’t fight!
F-I-G-H-T, We don’t fight!

So now, when there is a problem between some children, we try to figure out what they could have done differently by thinking about the song.  In fact, I have a confession to make.  I did not need them to learn to spell or read the word, “fight.”  I just wanted a song that I could use to remind them of some different methods of conflict resolution, and that’s why I wrote it.  I thought of the idea many years ago while watching our local high school’s football games and their cheerleaders chant, “F-I-G-H-T! Go, fight, win!”  : )


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Heidi Butkus

About Heidi Butkus

Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.
  1. Oh, Heidi!!!

    Thanks for all the free downloads this week. We are TRULY thankful for YOU! I love the sound effects story! Our PS / KDG classes & parents are having a carry-in on Wednesday…I'd LOVE to be able to pull this off. Parents & little ones would LOVE it. Thanks for sharing! As usual, your blogs inspire me each & every week… I get up EARLY on Saturdays just to read them & can't wait to go back to "imbed" your ideas into my program. You are awesome!

  2. Hi Heidi-

    I'd love to try the TG Guided Drawing with my Kindergarten class on Monday. Is it possible for you to provide the directions you gave for that picture the girl is holding? Or are the Guided Drawing instruction available for purchase?



  3. Thanks so much, Theresa! I appreciate your feedback! We learned this and did it all in just one day. I'm sure you can pull it off.
    Watch out, though! I discovered yesterday that there are a few "sound effects words" that should have been underlined that I accidentally skipped. I'll try to update it, but you might want to go through it with a pen and look for those words and underline them yourself.
    Good luck!

  4. Hi, Kathy!
    Well, I ran out of time to make up the directions for the Guided Drawing. I always do them out of my head!I also kind of figured that it would be too late for most of you to use! (I have all of Thanksgiving week off.) But I'll see if I can get to it today and repost it. If you send me your email address, I can send it to you personally so that you don't "miss it." It's not something that we sell, so I don't already have it written out. 🙂

  5. Hi Heidi,

    Thank you for all you do and share. My kids love your dvd's and I really love them because I am not a singer so through you my kids get the music and the movement. Fighting is not a problem usually at our school but RESPECT is. Do you have a song for that? Thanks again for all you do. YOU ROCK!!

  6. Hi, Lisa!
    I do not have a song for "respect," but I think that's a GREAT idea! I'll keep that one on the back burner. Now if I could just find one to address INTERRUPTING! It's one of my pet peeves. I wish, I wish, I WISH parents would teach their children to wait for an adult to acknowledge them before beginning to speak!

  7. This comment came to me via email. She had some good ideas!

    "Hi Heidi!
    I have a few of your CD's & DVD's and love all of your ideas! You have a great talent.
    I was reading your Thanksgiving Sound Effects story (great!) and I had an idea. My class reads Scholastic's "Let's Find Out" magazine & this month there was one with lots of Pilgrim words & expressions. Pilgrims didn't say, "Hello. How are you?" They said, "How now?" We also learned the children were expected to bow & curtsy to their elders. So I was thinking, your Pilgrims could say, "How now?", girls could curtsy, and boys could bow. I can't wait to try it.
    Thank you for all your super ideas!
    ~ Judy"

  8. I posted the directions for the Thanksgiving Guided Drawing. Sorry for the delay. I figured that it would be too late for ya'll to use them anyway! But I wrote it up and then did a little bit of "arm twisting" to get my wonderful husband to post it for me.
    Hope it is useful!

  9. Hi!
    First of all, I seriously love you. I had my post open last night and I just came on now to ask you for the directions for the guided drawing, but I see someone beat me to it. Thank you for posting it!! We have school through Wed. so I can still try to get it in.
    And by the way, your posts are NEVER too long. I read all the way through, a few times over, to make sure I didn't miss anything. This is my first year teaching K and I would say at least half of what I do is your stuff. You've saved my hide this year! Thank you!!!!!!

  10. To Shifra,
    Wow, what a nice note! Thank you SO much! It was nice to hear. I do appreciate it! Another reason why I didn't post the directions for the guided drawing is that I wasn't sure if anyone really needed them, or if folks could make it up themselves as they go along. I'm glad they are of use to you! I don't mind doing it, if I can find the time.
    I'm glad to hear that my posts aren't too long for some of you, at least! 🙂
    Hugs to you!

  11. To Lupe,
    I would like to give you a copy of the Scarecrow, but I never prepped it for "distribution!" It was on my "to do" list and I never got to it because my dog-on report cards got in the way! Sorry, it will have to wait until next year.

  12. Heidi,
    Your blogs are wonderful and very much appreciated! I am one who waits with great anticipation for your blog and what you will be sharing next. I love both your guided drawing and your Thanksgiving sound effect story. I will be implementing both of these experiences in our Thanksgiving plan. I also love your CD’s and the many concepts they teach; I am not the only one who loves them, but my students do as well. Your songs are easily taught and the concepts stick. Thank you! I have not invested in the DVD’s but hope to soon; I know they too would add even a greater dimension to my teaching.
    Thanks again for all the time and preparation you put into your product. Love it all!

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