This one has been a November staple for YEARS. A teacher I worked with shared the words of what was originally a poem with me, and mentioned that it might make a cute song.
So I whipped up a fun little melody and added “Ten Little Turkeys” to my collection of Thanksgiving-themed songs. Not only do my students love singing it, but it targets several objectives, including rhyming and counting backwards from 10.
I like to pause at the end of each verse and let the kids fill in the number – they keep track of how many turkeys are left and show me using their fingers. This song stands on its own, or with visuals like turkey cutouts.