Even though we are experiencing another heat wave here, Thanksgiving is really only 2 months away for us!! Which means all things Turkey and fall vibes. One thing, at Pails of Love, that we are literally obsessed with are Thanksgiving learning activities and fun turkey songs. So, let’s talk about the 5 Little Turkeys Subtraction Lesson that is absolutely amazing!!
When I first started as a teacher a number of years ago I came across an amazing teacher blog called Teacher Tipster. Teacher Tipster shared tons of resources. Many were highlighting how to use your classroom as a platform that focuses on fun and play while learning.
So why not incorporate fun and play into learning subtraction as well!!
To introduce the theory and teaching around subtraction you can use this song 5 Little Turkeys by Dustin Smith (Teacher Tipster)
The lyrics are as follows:
Five little turkeys sitting in a row
One got caught and now there’s four
Four little turkeys that’s what’s left
Five minus one is four
Four little turkeys under a tree
One got caught and now there’s three
Three little turkeys that’s what’s left
Four minus one is three
Three Little turkeys in a canoe
One got caught and now there’s two
Two little turkeys that’s what’s left
Three minus one is two
Two little turkeys sitting in the sun
One got caught and now there’s one
One little turkey that’s what’s left
Two minus one is one
One little turkey sitting all alone
She got caught, now there’s zero
Zero little turkeys that’s whats left
zero minus zero is none!!
(lyrics can be found in our printable, which is in our library for free!!).
But get this, while singing this song you can allow your students to have their own pilgrim and 5 turkeys. The printable we have recreated allows students to cut out and color their own turkeys and pilgrims. And then they can play along as they learn the theory and lessons behind subtraction!!
It truly is such a fun idea!!
We wanted to take Teacher Tipster’s lesson a bit further and provide teachers with printables that they can first show as an “I do” activity.
But remember that after “I do” comes “we do” and then “you do”.
Aren’t those printables absolutely adorable!?
Now that you’ve had your hand at sharing this song and having puppets print off the students’ sheet below and allow them to learn how easy subtraction can really be!!
We absolutely love this activity and know that your kiddos will too!!
You can sign up for this freebie that can be found in our printable library!! If you want to check out our other Thanksgiving lessons you can also check out Turkeys in Disguise or a super sweet story called A Good Thanksgiving.