Happy November

Welcome to Ms. Marge's classroom where we are all decked out to celebrate the month of November. You are welcome to use any of our activities, but please leave a note letting us know you liked it enough to take it to your classroom.  My pay for sharing is that I know my creations are being used by others and other children are enjoying the activities, stories and songs.   




November is all about Thanksgiving Day. Start the day with this  Silly Song.  😎

Silly Little Turkey

By M. C. Arvanitis

First Verse:

Where oh where is that silly little turkey?

Where, oh where is he?

I want him to be my yummy, yummy dinner.

Where can that turkey be?

 Is he here or is he there

Or hiding in a tree?

Where or where is that silly little turkey?

Where can that turkey be?

Second Verse:

Where oh where is that silly little turkey?

I think he ran away.

He doesn't want to be my yummy, yummy dinner

On Thanksgiving Day.

 Is he here, or is he there.

Or hiding in a shed?

Please, come back you silly little turkey.

I'll eat Easter eggs instead. 

© 1988 M.C. Arvanitis  words and music  is free to copy off and use in your classroom but is copyrited to M. C. Arvanitis so it can not be shared elsewhere in print or electrontically.  




Suggested books to read during the month of November.

The First Thanksgiving: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Board book)

by Kathryn Lynn Davis

Ms. Davis recreates the excitement and wonder of the first Thanksgiving--how the pilgrims came to America and how the Native Americans taught them to plant and then joined them in a Thanksgiving feast. Teachers can use the simple text and the bright, graphic illustrations of this lift-the-flap book to introduce a very young child to this holiday. You can purchase the print book at  for $5.49. 



More About Thanksgiving.

Pilgrims Of Plymouth by Susan E. Goodman

What was it like to be a pilgrim child in 17th-century Massachusetts? This charming picture book takes young readers back in time to see. For one thing, pilgrim children didn't go to school. Instead, they helped their parents with chores and played games such as marbles. There were no convenient grocery stores. Pilgrims had to hunt and gather food, then cook their meals on an open fire or in an outdoor oven. Dramatic photos of historical reenactments combine with lively text to give today's children a vivid sense of daily life in Plymouth colony. Here is a great book for fostering an early interest in history!



FLannel Story for November

Tambu T. Turkey

M. C. Arvanitis

(Flannel Board Story)

(Concept taught: self worth) 

Tambu T. Turkey strutted around the barnyard fluffing his feathers. He felt proud to be old enough to go out of the turkey pen by himself.

He wobbled up to Ma Cow who was eating from a pile of hay. “Hello, Mrs. Cow,” he said.

Ma Cow didn’t look up.

Maybe she is deaf,” thought Tambu T. He walked on until he came to Fats Da Pig, who was lying in a mud puddle. “Hello Sir Fats,” he gobbled smiling his best smile.

“Grunt,” was all Fats Da Pig would offer. He raised his head to peek at Tambu T. Then he laid it down again in the mud.

Tambu T. felt sad that the cow and the pig would not talk to him. He wobbled up to the long whiskered goat. He didn’t know his name but greeted him just the same. “Hello there. My name is Tambu T. Turkey.

The goat did not answer. He looked at him in a rude way while he chewed the paper from an old tin can.

The big white goose flew from a bale of hay near by.” Well, who have we here?” She squawked. “A turkey?”

“Hello, I am Tambu T. Turkey.” Tambu smiled his best friendly smile.

“What do I care? A turkey is a turkey, nothing special.” She turned her back and strutted away.

Auntie Hen, sitting on her nest, watched the sad turkey walk back to the turkey pen. “My, my,” she said to herself.

Tambu felt bad. The goose was right. There was nothing special about a brown turkey. Just then Esmeralda, the fairy butterfly passed by.  “Why are you sad, Tambu?”

“No one likes me. Do you think that if I was another color they would like me better?” He thought for a moment. “Everyone like bananas. Could your do magic and make me yellow?” 

“That may work. Say these words and think yourself yellow. “Riddle de de. Let me be YELLOW.”

The Magic worked. Tambu’s feathers turned yellow. The barnyard animals would surely talk to him now. Wobbling in his best wobble he walked up to Ma Cow. “Hello, Mrs. Cow.” He said.

Ma Cow just stood there swishing her tail to keep the flies off.

Tambu walked on. Perhaps the pig would notice him. “Hello Sir Fats.” The pig raised his head but all he did was grunt.

Tambu did not give up. He wobbled to the goat’  “Hello, I am Tambu T. Turkey.”  The goat walked away without saying a word.

Goose, who was watching, called to Tambu. “We don’t care for turkey’s around here, not even yellow ones.”

Auntie Hen, sitting on her nest, watched as the sad turkey wobbled back to the turkey pen.

Tambu cried to Esmeralda, “ They still don’t like me.”

“Try being a red turkey. That might work”

Tambu chanted the magic words again. “Riddle de de. Let me be RED.” And pouf, his yellow feathers turned red. Again he wobbled to Mrs. cow. This time he shouted, “Hello, I am Tambu T. Turkey.”

This time Ma Cow lifted her head and looked at him. Still she didn’t say anything. 

Tambu walked over to Fats Da Pig who was standing beside the goat. “Good day to you both,” he greeted them.

They both looked at Tambu, looked at each other, than went on about their business.

Goose rudely stared at him. “You sure look funny in red.”

Auntie Hen watched from her nest as Tambu wobbled back to his pen. “Silly little turkey,” she said to herself.

Esmeralda said the magic words again and again each time changing Tambu to a different color.. .”

“Riddle de de. Let me be BLUE, -- ORANGE, -- PURPLE --, and finally GREEN. Nothing worked. Each time the same thing happened. The animals ignored him, except for the goose who laughed and called her ugly.

As he wobbled back to his pen, Auntie Hen called to her. “Tambu, why don’t you just be yourself? “

“No one likes a plain old brown turkey,” Tambu answered.

“Auntie Hen is right, you know.” Esmeralda said. “Brown is a good color and you are just as special as you think you are.”

“Well, I might as well be brown again.” sobbed Tambu.

Esmeralda waved her antennas. ““Riddle de de. Let Tambu be beautiful brown.”

Pouf! He was his natural self. He looked at his reflection in the barnyard pond and this time he liked what he saw. He strutted into the barnyard, proud of his brown feathers. Mrs. Cow looked up. Hello Tambu T. Turkey. How nice you look today.”

Fats Da Pig grunted, “He sure does. I like his brown suit.”

Goat buttered the can up in the air. “Hey Tambu, my name is Whiskers. Want to play butt the can with me?

The goose put her bill up in the air. “Humph,” she said, “I don’t care what color they are. I don’t like turkeys.” She strutted off to the barn.

“Auntie Hen stuck her head out of her nest. “Don’t mind Goose, Tambu. She is nasty to us all. We are happy to welcome a special brown turkey who is not afraid to be his self. “

Tambu felt so proud that he spread his tail. The others gasped. His tail feathers were red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and purple.

Esmeralda smiles as she flew back to her butterfly bush. It didn’t take her magic to make Tambu special. The magic was in his head all along.  

© 1988 M.C. Arvanitis  words and music  is free to copy off and use in your classroom but is copyrited to M. C. Arvanitis so it can not be shared elsewhere in print or electrontically.  


Pattern for the Flannel Story.

Instructions for flannel story.

Cut out this pattern in each color construction paper. For the final illustration, Cut out two feathers of each color and glue them to a brown seventh turkey. Glue pieces of flannel on backs. For student: cut out 7 turkeys in white construction paper. Have them color one red, one blue, one yellow, one orange, one green, one purple. Color the seventh turkey's body parts as they should be (brown, beak, orange, etc.) and each feather the six colors on one side leaving the very top feather brown. Repeat this on the other side of the turkey's tail. Glue pieces of flannel on backs. After teacher tells the story, have students tell the story on the flannel board. Let it be the child's choice if he or she wants to do this.
(Concepts: Art: colors; fine arts: group interaction.)





Paper plates (the cheap kind, easy to bend) are great art tools. This owl is simple for even the youngest student. And helps with their hand cordinaton with the zigzag marks in the center

**Somtimes I find some wonderful projects from other online pages. This one comes from (If you use this please go to this site and give it a like.) 


Directions: 1. Begin by coloring the inside (concave portion) of your plate. This will be the owl’s chest.  2. Next, fold in the two sides of the plate to make the wings. Fold down the top of the plate to make the head. 3. Color the wings. 4. For the final step, glue two feet, two eyes, and a beak. Let students choose any color paper they like to get different looks for the owls. Display in room.

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Awesome things to enjoy in March and have fun. I would like to try in next month to have fun.

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