This is a fun, creative activity to do around Thanksgiving time with First Grade. Allow a couple classes to complete. This activity is to be done after learning Quarter Note, Quarter Rest, and Pair of Eighth Notes.
Purpose: to let the students improvise and perform their own rhythm patterns to known rhythms.
Copy your turkey on to brown construction paper and the feathers on to white paper. The students will color their turkey and feathers however they like (I tell them not to use black because then you can’t see the lines).
After coloring, they cut out their turkey and feathers and throw away any scraps they have.
For the gluing, I have the students get the glue from me so I can give them the instructions. They should put the glue on the BOTTOM of the COLORED part of the feather and then stick it to the back of the turkey so you can see the rhythm.
When students finish, I either have a coloring sheet available or have them help the other students.
When everyone is finished, they perform their turkey rhythm pattern for the class – either clapping, saying, or doing both.
I then hang them in the hallway for the school to see.