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On 4/11/2014, I lead the second of my two one-hour Singable Expeditions in the Tuckahoe Elementary Discovery Schoolyard Outdoor Classroom in April. I had been asked to write a song based on outdoor classroom rules that were written by children at Tuckahoe which this same group of children and I had begun learning in the first session.  We started by rehearsing that song.

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Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune
THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE PRINTABLE SONG SHEET (WITH GUITAR CHORDS)
TEDSOCRT, for Short
Rules by Students of Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA
Additional Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Tune by Emily Gleichenhaus
Accompaniment Track Prepared by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com
Sing along with the instrumental accompaniment:

To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune

The central feature of the second session was the idea of the wonderful world of COLLECTIVE NOUNS, as captured in friend Jill Leger’s song, THE SPARROW.  The song is about a sparrow who travels and has adventures all over the world meeting groups of animals and learning their group names.  Not only is learning and discovering group names (also called collective nouns, collective terms, group nouns, group terms) a fun and interesting way to explore the marvelous creatures of the world, but it is also an excellent way to increase and revel in vocabulary!  I love to tell kids that one of the MANY fun things about singing songs is that you get to say/sing/use/explore fabulous words that we don’t use in our every day language.  And the words used in COLLECTIVE NOUNS can be descriptive, hilarious, thought provoking, fascinating, witty, joyous and gorgeous!

I took a marvelous list of Collective Noun Terms that I found on Wikipedia and highlighted the garden related ones on the list.  And went through the beautifully illustrated books A ZEAL OF ZEBRAS (Woop Studios), and WILD ANIMALS (Brian Wildsmith) and BIRDS (Brian Wildsmith) to find gorgeous illustrations of Collective Nouns.  We enjoyed going through these lists and books, finding (or imagining) these items, birds, flowers, animals in our immediate surroundings.  Then we made note of certain garden items that we saw for which group names were not listed.  For these, we cam up with some marvelous ideas.  I would encourage any caregiver or educator to replicate this activity.  It was fun, thought provoking, creative and vocabulary building.

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I asked the children to look around them or items in the garden for which group names could not be found on our list or in our books.

Only beans of “Three Sisters” were given collective terms in our list.   The children have been taught that “The Three Sisters” is the combination of beans, corn and squash that the Native Americans taught the white settlers to plant.  The three foods are plated all together so that when the corn stalk grows, it provides a pole to support the bean vines and the squash leaves cover the ground to keep the soil moist.  In addition, eating this combination of foods provides good nutrition.

Beans, on our list, was given the collective term “a hill of beans,” but the children came up with a couple others:
A bar of beans (since beans come sometimes in a row inside a pod)
A pattern of beans (since one of the girls had recently participated in and activity of making a picture with beans of different varieties which were richly pattered with spots and colors.

Here are the other garden items and collective terms the kids came up with:

CORN
An audience of corn
A light of corn
A field of corn

DAFFODILS
A field of daffodils
A jingle-jangle of daffodils
A twinkling of daffodils
A tea party of daffodils

TEDDY BEARS
(in case they were hiding in the garden for a picnic)
A fuzz of teddy bears

TULIPS
A rainbow of tulips
A solar system of tulips
A necklace of tulips
A collage of tulips
A crown of tulips

SQUASH
A meadow of squash
A disco of squash
A waterfall of squash
A gumball machine of squash

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For the remainder of the time, we enjoyed a GARDEN SING-ALONG in the outdoor space. We rehearsed THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE so the kids can help teach the song to their classmates (and so everyone knows the rules and behavioral expectation in the outdoor spaces) and then we sang a bunch of songs culled from my list of GARDEN SING-ALONG SONG CHOICES.

Here are the songs we sang in Singable Expeditions Session 2:

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A Fairy Went A-Marketing
Poem by Rose Fyleman
Illustrated by Jachimael Henterly
Musical Setting can be found by Ginger Sands on her collection “The Gift of Make Believe

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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Amoeba Hop
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Illustrated by Betsy Franco Feeney

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bird lullaby 4 sbwe cover only
Birds, a Poetic Companion (Inspired by Jack Prelutsky’s “Bird Lullaby”)
Music by Jack Prelutsky
Photos of  birds found online and by Erika Edelberg

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Published by Dell Dragonfly Books, New York, 1961
ISBN 0-440-40829-6

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Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan

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The Sparrow
Words and Music by Jill Leger
Illustrated by Jill Leger
Sing-Along on Youtube with a karaoke video of “The Sparrow”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlxqa-eXTVw
Hear Emily’s recording of “The Sparrow” on:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-sparrow-eleg-by-jill-leger

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The Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4

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Books that Feature Collective Noun Terms

I tell the children that if they are interested in expanding vocabulary, a great place to start is with the words used for animal groupings:

  • An AMBUSH of tigers
  • A SHREWDNESS of apes.
  • A WEDGE of swans.
  • An OSTENTATION of peacocks.
  • A TROUBLING of hummingbirds.
  • A SHIVER of sharks.

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brian wildsmiths birds
Brian Wildsmith’s BIRDS
Text by Brian Wildsmith
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary). This artful book explores bird group names like “a stare of owls.”

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brian wildsmiths wild animals
Brian Wildsmith’s WILD ANIMALS
Text by Brian Wildsmith
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary). This artful book explores bird group names like “an ambush of tigers.”

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exaltation of larks james lipton
Exaltation of Larks (Group Terms, Real and Fanciful, from the 15th to the 21st Centuries)
James Lipton
(Yes!  This is the same James Lipton that interview actors on the show Inside the Actor’s Studio)

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zeal of zebras
Zeal of Zebras
Words and Art by Woop Studios
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups (and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary) this artful book explores an alphabet full of animal group names (like “an ostentation of peacocks” or “an embarrassment of pandas”)

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Buy limited prints of Woop Studios Art Posters depicting Collective Noun Groups
http://www.woopstudios.com/shop/templates/product_listing.aspx?category_id=2&category=limited-edition-prints

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Other Sources for COLLECTIVE NOUNS (also called COLLECTIVE TERMS):

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A wiki article, Appendix: Glossary of collective nouns by subject
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Glossary_of_collective_nouns_by_subject

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A list on Wikipedia of Collective Nouns in English:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collective_nouns_in_English

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A wiki explaining what a collective noun is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_noun

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Related Posts

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GARDEN SING-ALONG
A list of songs to inspire us to look around us in a garden and enjoy, observe, appreciate and preserve the natural world around us

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/garden-sing-along-song-choices-for-singable-expeditions-at-tuckahoe-elementary-or-for-any-garden-sing-along/

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BIRDS

For the love of birds!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/for-the-birds-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-to-celebrate-our-tuneful-feathered-friends/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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BRIAN WILDSMITH
The Singable Picture Books of Brian Wildsmith
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/the-singable-picture-books-of-brian-wildsmith/

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MISS RUMPHIUS AND MAKING SOMETHING LASTINGLY BEAUTIFUL

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/miss-rumphius-and-making-something-lastingly-beautiful/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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ACTIVITIES:  SINGABLE ACTIVITIES
This is a list of activities that parents, caregivers and educators can use to find fun way to incorporate Illustrated Songs and Music into their everyday lives and classroom curriculum
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/singable-activities/

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JACK PRELUTSKY
The Singable Picture Books of Jack Prelutsky
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/singable-picture-books-of-jack-prelutsky/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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SONGS BY EMILY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

On 4/4/2014, I lead the first of my two one-hour Singable Expeditions in the Tuckahoe Elementary Discovery Schoolyard Outdoor Classroom in April.  For this first session, I was asked to write a song based on outdoor classroom rules that were written by children at Tuckahoe.  That is what we started the session doing.  I brought my guitar, passed out the illustrated lyric sheets and we began to learn and sing:

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Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune
THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE PRINTABLE SONG SHEET (WITH GUITAR CHORDS)
TEDSOCRT, for Short
Rules by Students of Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA
Additional Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Tune by Emily Gleichenhaus
Accompaniment Track Prepared by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com
Sing along with the instrumental accompaniment:

To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune

My second goal for this first session was to help the children begin to make connections between themselves, garden inspired songs, and their surroundings in the garden.  I introduced the song  Inch by Inch (The Garden Song) and passed out lyric sheets.  We talked about some of the ideas in the song (care of the earth; that plants need water, soil and sunshine to grow; that plants really do like music).  I told the group that, as a cabaret singer, I think that every song has got a lyric in it that somehow encapsulates what the song is about to the singer and that this lyric can be different for each person who sings the song.  For me, the most important line is “tune my body and my brain to the music from the land.”  I felt strongly that this was exactly what we were attempting to do with our Singable Expeditions in the Garden.  A strong runner up for me, however, is “Mother Earth will make you strong if you give her love and care.”   Then we sang the song.

To help make a solid connection between us, the idea of growing plants, and the ideas expressed in the song, we planted sunflower seeds in cups.  I tried to make sure all the materials were organic or could be recycled.  I chose a variety of sunflower seed that would not grow too high.  Each participant filled the 5 oz cup about 2/3s the way up with organic potting soil and put in a seed, gave the seed a little push and covered it over again with about an inch of additional soil and gave that a little pat, too. Then each child gave the cup a little water, covered the whole thing with foil and put it all in a labelled zipper plastic storage bag for transport home.

After planting the seeds, we sang Inch by Inch (The Garden Song) again, with hopes of feeling a more personal connection to the ideas expressed in the song.

We had a bit of time left, so we rehearsed  again and then sang a few more graden related songs, chosen from the list I compiled:
Garden Sing-Along Song Choices
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/garden-sing-along-song-choices-for-singable-expeditions-at-tuckahoe-elementary-or-for-any-garden-sing-along/

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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bird lullaby 4 sbwe cover only
Birds, a Poetic Companion (Inspired by Jack Prelutsky’s “Bird Lullaby”)
Music by Jack Prelutsky
Photos of  birds found online and by Erika Edelberg

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Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan

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Sunshine on My Shoulders
Words and Music by John Denver
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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Related Posts

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GARDEN SING-ALONG
A list of songs to inspire us to look around us in a garden and enjoy, observe, appreciate and preserve the natural world around us

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/garden-sing-along-song-choices-for-singable-expeditions-at-tuckahoe-elementary-or-for-any-garden-sing-along/

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BIRDS

For the love of birds!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/for-the-birds-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-to-celebrate-our-tuneful-feathered-friends/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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ACTIVITIES:  SINGABLE ACTIVITIES
This is a list of activities that parents, caregivers and educators can use to find fun way to incorporate Illustrated Songs and Music into their everyday lives and classroom curriculum
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/singable-activities/

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JACK PRELUTSKY
The Singable Picture Books of Jack Prelutsky
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/singable-picture-books-of-jack-prelutsky/

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JOHN DENVER
The Singable Picture Books of John Denver
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-denver/

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SONGS BY EMILY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

Ken Burns was on MEET THE PRESS on Sunday, 4/13/2014 talking about THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS and his new documentary about THE ADDRESS and he’s got wonderful things to say:
http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/meet-the-press/ken-burns-new-documentary-on-the-address-225272387839

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There is also this, by Ken Burns, about THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS in his series THE CIVIL WAR

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCXUbQ4JjXI

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The Gettysburg Address
Words by Abraham Lincoln
Music by Mrs. Patel’s 6th Grade Class (Woodmere Elementary School, Woodmere, New York, 1962)
Inscribed and Illustrated by Sam Fink
Sing this song with the accompaniment and melody line, played here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-gettysburg-address-piano

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Related Posts

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OUR ABE LINCOLN, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/our-abe-lincoln-a-singable-book/

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SAM FINK
The Singable Picture Books of Illustrator Sam Fink
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/the-singable-picture-books-of-sam-fink/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Singable Picture Books celebrating the Fourth of July
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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WHO IS ON THE UNTIED STATES MONEY SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/who-is-on-the-united-states-money-song-a-singable-picture-book/

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PRESIDENT’S NAME SONG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/the-presidents-name-song-a-singable-picture-book/

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SINGABLE HIKE FOR GIRL SCOUTS IN WASHINGTON DC
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/musician-badge-with-mrs-g-the-singable-hike-in-washington-dc/

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Abraham Lincoln in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/abraham-lincoln-in-singable-picture-books/

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Girl Scouts Songs for Troop 2740 Songbook Resources Page
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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SINGABLE SITES IN WASHINGTON DC – HISTORY
A list of song titles with links to posts of songs that will enrich your experience, or are directly related to, historical locations in (or near) Washington, DC
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/singable-sites-in-washington-dc-history/

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Additions to THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, an Illustrated Song and One of America’s Greatest Speeches
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/additions-to-the-gettysburg-address-an-illustrated-song-and-one-of-americas-greatest-speeches/

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THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, a Patriotic Girl Scout Song for Troop 2740
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/the-star-spangled-banner-a-patriotic-girl-scout-song-for-troop-2740/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740, the Singable Hike in Washington, DC
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/musician-badge-with-mrs-g-the-singable-hike-in-washington-dc/

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THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, a Patriotic Girl Scout Song for Troop 2740
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/the-gettysburg-address-a-patriotic-girl-scout-song-for-troop-2740/

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The Art and Craft of Singing a Song: Tell Me a Story! Sing Me a Song!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/the-art-and-craft-of-singing-a-song-tell-me-a-story-sing-me-a-song/

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MUSICIAN BADGE with Mrs. G, Meeting Activities, for Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2740: HOW TO SING A SONG FOR PERFORMANCE OR JUST FOR FUN
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/musician-badge-with-mrs-g/

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THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/the-gettysburg-address-a-great-speech-and-a-singable-picture-book/

This is a list of songs for a Garden Sing-Along as well as suggestions for 2 one-hour long outdoor garden activity sessions (or classes) for any group of children from K-5.

TEDSOCRT BIRDS

This list was originally made for Tuckahoe Elementary School Expeditions.  Each of my Expeditions consisted of two one-hour sessions over two Fridays.  I did both sets in April and May of 2014, with two different groups of kids from 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades.  I will have two, one hour sessions with each group of kids.

I think these plans (or some permutation of them) would work great for any group of elementary students to have a wonderful musical experience outdoors in a garden.

TEDSOCRT BIRDS

SINGABLE EXPEDITIONS IN THE GARDEN SESSION ONE (One Hour)

In the first session we learned THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE and then sing Inch by Inch (The Garden Song), a tune I had the honor to write just for this occasion using rules made up by students at Tuckahoe Elementary School. Then, to make a strong connection with the ideas expressed in Inch by Inch (The Garden Song), we planted sunflower seeds in a cups.  We gave the seeds a little water and covered with foil to seal the cup for the ride home and packaged each one in a zip lock bag with each child’s name.  I made sure to buy sunflower seeds for a shorter variety of flower and hope the children will watch the seed spout and then re-plant each germinated seed in the ground where it will gets lots of sun.  And, of course, I hope the children will each put the packaging in the recycle.  We had some time left over so we filled that with wonderful songs from the GARDEN SING ALONG LIST (below).

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I conducted my first Singable Expeditions in the Garden Session One on 4/4/2014. 
The session went wonderfully well!  We had a terrific time.
Here is the detailed post about exactly what we did and the songs we ended up singing:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/singable-expeditions-1-at-tuckahoe-elementary-school-activities-and-the-songs-we-sang/

TEDSOCRT BIRDS

SINGABLE EXPEDITIONS IN THE GARDEN, SESSION TWO (One Hour)

The central feature of the second session was the idea of the wonderful world of COLLECTIVE NOUNS, as captured in friend Jill Leger’s song, THE SPARROW.  The song is about a sparrow who travels and has adventures all over the world meeting groups of animals and learning their group names.  Not only is learning and discovering group names (also called collective nouns, collective terms, group nouns, group terms) a fun and interesting way to explore the marvelous creatures of the world, but it is also an excellent way to increase and revel in vocabulary!  I love to tell kids that one of the MANY fun things about singing songs is that you get to say/sing/use/explore fabulous words that we don’t use in our every day language.  And the words used in COLLECTIVE NOUNS can be descriptive, hilarious, thought provoking, fascinating, witty, joyous and gorgeous!

I took a marvelous list of Collective Noun Terms that I found on Wikipedia and highlighted the garden related ones on the list.  And went through the beautifully illustrated books A ZEAL OF ZEBRAS (Woop Studios), and WILD ANIMALS (Brian Wildsmith) and BIRDS (Brian Wildsmith) to find gorgeous illustrations of Collective Nouns.  We enjoyed going through these lists and books, finding (or imagining) these items, birds, flowers, animals in our immediate surroundings.  Then we made note of certain garden items that we saw for which group names were not listed.  For these, we cam up with some marvelous ideas.  I would encourage any caregiver or educator to replicate this activity.  It was fun, thought provoking, creative and vocabulary building.

For the remainder of the time, we enjoyed a GARDEN SING-ALONG in the outdoor space.  We rehearsed THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE so the kids can help teach the song to their classmates (and so everyone knows the rules and behavioral expectation in the outdoor spaces) and then we sang a bunch of songs culled from my list of GARDEN SING-ALONG SONG CHOICES.

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I conducted my first Singable Expeditions in the Garden Session Two on 4/11/2014. 
We had a marvelous time!
Here is the detailed post about exactly what we did and the songs we ended up singing:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/singable-expeditions-session-2-at-tuckahoe-elementary-school-activities-and-the-songs-we-sang/

TEDSOCRT BIRDS

SINGABLE EXPEDITIONS IN THE GARDEN, MISSION

My goal for the singing and musical activities is to help us make a strong connection to nature and the the outdoor classroom garden spaces at Tuckahoe (or anyplace anyone would engage in these activities in any green space).

TEDSOCRT BIRDS

THIS LIST OF GARDEN SONGS THAT ADVANCE THE MISSION OF THE SINGABLE EXPEDITIONS IN THE GARDEN 

There are many songs that would be appropriate, but these are the ones I feel will help us really love, appreciate and enjoy our time outside.

I will encourage the participants to really listen to the words and then look around them and observe the natural world.  Notice plants, creatures and landscape features mentioned in the songs.  I will encourage them, also, to use their imaginations to “see” creatures who might be there when we aren’t looking or nocturnal creatures that roam these very spaces at night.  I will encourage them to use their noggins and think about what the natural world means to them and how best to support and sustain the beautiful gifts of nature.

To spur discussion, critical thinking and personal connections between the song and garden environment, you can ask these questions (and any others that you might come up with) about each song:

  • What living things (plants and animals) in the song can you identify in your immediate surroundings?
  • What do you know about these living things?
  • What would you like to know about these living things?
  • Did anything in the song remind you of an experience you’ve had?
  • Did anything in the song spark your imagination as related to your garden surroundings?
  • What words did you like in the song?
  • What words would you need to look up to find out what they mean?
  • Does anything about the song influence your thinking on people’s responsibility to the earth?
  • What does the song make you think about the garden?
  • Did the song give you any interesting thoughts and ideas?

The essence of this activity is captured in a lyric from Inch by Inch (The Garden Song) which says,

Tune by body and my brain/To the music from the land.

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A Fairy Went A-Marketing
Poem by Rose Fyleman
Illustrated by Jachimael Henterly
Musical Setting can be found by Ginger Sands on her collection “The Gift of Make Believe

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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Ants Go Marching (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Words and Tune (sing to the tune of, When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
Illustrated by Dan Crisp

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
Words by Cecil F. Alexander
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
(This wonderful rendition of pictures from cut paper, includes a page of info about Mrs. Cecil Francis Alexander and printed music)
Click here for the Sing Books with Emily “All Things Bright and Beautiful” Refrain Poster Card:
all things bright and beautiful – refrain poster

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Amoeba Hop
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Illustrated by Betsy Franco Feeney
This book features a study of amoeba life, printed music and a live recording of “Amoeba Hop” by the amazingly hilarious and talented singer/songwriter

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The Bear Went Over the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Iza Trapani
To sing with me, just click here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/bear-went-over-the-mountain

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Being Green

Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Etienne Delessert

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I’m putting this one in the list, not because of the content of the song, but for the wonderful way the illustrations depict the life cycle of butterflies and moths.

Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker
ISBN 0-590-45668-7

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Birds, a Poetic Companion (Inspired by Jack Prelutsky’s “Bird Lullaby”)
Music by Jack Prelutsky
Photos of  birds found online and by Erika Edelberg

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FLOWER CAROL
“Tempus adest floridum”
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated with Art by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print a copy of the BOOKLET, click here:
flower carol arcimboldo
To view or print a copy of the ONE PAGER, click here:
flower carol arcimboldo one pager
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
Published by Dell Dragonfly Books, New York, 1961
ISBN 0-440-40829-6

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Hey, Little Ant
Sing to the Tune of “Five Little Ducks”
Words by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
Illustrated by Debbie Tilley

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Hush, Little Baby

Traditional Words and Tune (Sing to the tune of “Hush Little Baby”)
Words Adapted by Sylvia Long
Illustrated by Sylvia Long
(This adaptation has a wonderful “non-material” theme where the mother offers the gift of viewing  lovely things in nature)

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Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan

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Little Birdie by MPG
LITTLE BIRDIE
Words and Music by Mo Gleichenhaus
Picture assembled by Sing Books with Emily
View or print this page, here:
Little Birdie by MPG 2013
Listen to the scratch recording of LITTLE BIRDIE (by Mo Gleichenhaus), here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/little-birdie-by-mo-2013-02-03

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The Little Turtle
Poem by Vachel Linsay
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Priscilla Pointer
From: Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)p. 96
This poem is printed and illustrated in many books of poetry for children, including:
A Children’s Treasury of Poems
A Family of Poems (My Favorite Poetry for Children)
Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Sing LITTLE TURTLE with Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/there-was-a-little-turtle-eleg-2010

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Me and My Animal Friends
Words and Music by Ralph Covert
Illustrated by Laurie Keller

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Morning Has Broken

Music from Traditional Hymn, “Bunessan”
Poem by Eleanor Farjeon
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig
Sing-along with Emily:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/morning-has-broken-eleg-2010

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Over in the Meadow
Based on the Original Version by Olive A. Wadsworth
Words by Olive A. Wadsworth
Music by Mabel Wood Hill
Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

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The Sparrow
Words and Music by Jill Leger
Illustrated by Jill Leger
Sing-Along on Youtube with a karaoke video of “The Sparrow”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlxqa-eXTVw
Hear Emily’s recording of “The Sparrow” on:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-sparrow-eleg-by-jill-leger

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Sunshine on My Shoulders
Words and Music by John Denver
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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Sweet Suffolk Owl
Poem Attributed to an Anonymous Author
Music by Thomas Vautor (1619) (Thomas Vautor’s musical setting:www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbkTP7NJXME )
Music by Richard Hundley (1981) (Richard Hundley’s musical setting:www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOijXQEeqk)
Illustrations Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
You can sing-along with this book I assembled, to view or print, click here:
sweet suffolk owl book for singing

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
ISBN 978-1897476482
Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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The Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4

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Thanks a Lot
Words and Music by Raffi Cavoukian
Book Assembled for Sing Books with Emily
This book is for use in home, classroom or library only.

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Twelve Days of Summer

Traditional Tune (“Twelve Days of Christmas”)
Word Adaptations by Jan Andrews
Illustrated by Susan Rennick Jolliffe

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Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune
THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE PRINTABLE SONG SHEET (WITH GUITAR CHORDS)
TEDSOCRT, for Short
Rules by Students of Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA
Additional Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Tune by Emily Gleichenhaus
Accompaniment Track Prepared by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com
Sing along with the instrumental accompaniment:

To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR,
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND
SBWE Advent Calendar Who Has Seen the Wind
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?

Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
To hear the tune for singing this poem, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “Who Has Seen the Wind,” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Who Has Seen the Wind

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BRAINSTORM IDEAS:

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Garden Sing-Along Song Scavenger Hunt
This would be a scavenger hunt to identify or find items or creatures mentioned in the songs.

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ONCE I KNOW THESE SONGS, THEY WOULD BE GOOD:

  • FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN
  • A HOUSE IS A HOUSE FOR ME
  • MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS
  • THERE ARE FAIRIES AT THE BOTTOM OF MY GARDEN
  • TURN TURN TURN
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
  • WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER

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Books that Feature Collective Noun Terms

I tell the children that if they are interested in expanding vocabulary, a great place to start is with the words used for animal groupings:

  • An AMBUSH of tigers
  • A SHREWDNESS of apes.
  • A WEDGE of swans.
  • An OSTENTATION of peacocks.
  • A TROUBLING of hummingbirds.
  • A SHIVER of sharks.

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Brian Wildsmith’s BIRDS
Text by Brian Wildsmith
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary). This artful book explores bird group names like “a stare of owls.”

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Brian Wildsmith’s WILD ANIMALS
Text by Brian Wildsmith
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary). This artful book explores bird group names like “an ambush of tigers.”

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Exaltation of Larks (Group Terms, Real and Fanciful, from the 15th to the 21st Centuries)
James Lipton
(Yes!  This is the same James Lipton that interview actors on the show Inside the Actor’s Studio)

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Zeal of Zebras
Words and Art by Woop Studios
When we sing The Sparrow we talk about the names of animal groups (and how exploring the names of animal groups is a great way to enhance your vocabulary) this artful book explores an alphabet full of animal group names (like “an ostentation of peacocks” or “an embarrassment of pandas”)

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Buy limited prints of Woop Studios Art Posters depicting Collective Noun Groups
http://www.woopstudios.com/shop/templates/product_listing.aspx?category_id=2&category=limited-edition-prints

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Other Sources for COLLECTIVE NOUNS (also called COLLECTIVE TERMS):

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A wiki article, Appendix: Glossary of collective nouns by subject
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Glossary_of_collective_nouns_by_subject

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A list on Wikipedia of Collective Nouns in English:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collective_nouns_in_English

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A wiki explaining what a collective noun is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_noun

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Related Posts

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GARDEN SING-ALONG
A list of songs to inspire us to look around us in a garden and enjoy, observe, appreciate and preserve the natural world around us

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/garden-sing-along-song-choices-for-singable-expeditions-at-tuckahoe-elementary-or-for-any-garden-sing-along/

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BIRDS

For the love of birds!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/for-the-birds-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-to-celebrate-our-tuneful-feathered-friends/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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BRIAN WILDSMITH
The Singable Picture Books of Brian Wildsmith
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/the-singable-picture-books-of-brian-wildsmith/

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MISS RUMPHIUS AND MAKING SOMETHING LASTINGLY BEAUTIFUL

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/miss-rumphius-and-making-something-lastingly-beautiful/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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ACTIVITIES:  SINGABLE ACTIVITIES
This is a list of activities that parents, caregivers and educators can use to find fun way to incorporate Illustrated Songs and Music into their everyday lives and classroom curriculum
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/singable-activities/

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JACK PRELUTSKY
The Singable Picture Books of Jack Prelutsky
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/singable-picture-books-of-jack-prelutsky/

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JOHN DENVER
The Singable Picture Books of John Denver
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-denver/

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JOHN LANGSTAFF: SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF JOHN LANGSTAFF
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-langstaff/

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JOHN LITHGOW
The Singable Picture Books of John Lithgow
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-lithgow/

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JONI MITCHELL
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF JONI MITCHELL
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/joni-mitchell-in-singable-picture-books/

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LITTLE SONGS, A NOTEBOOK OF SWEET LITTLE SONGS (MOSTLY SINGABLE POETRY) FOR TO SING WHEN YOUR BRAIN FEELS FUZZY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/little-songs-a-notebook-of-sweet-little-songs-mostly-singable-poetry-for-to-sing-when-your-brain-feels-fuzzy/

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NATIONAL PARKS (and PRAISE for National Park Rangers)
Singable Picture Books that illustrate songs with origins in locations of United States history which are in the care of the National Park Service
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/in-praise-of-national-park-rangers/

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NOAH’S ARK

A List of Singable Picture Book Songs about Noah’s Journey with an Ark Full of Animals
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/noahs-ark-in-singable-picture-books/

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OCEANS AND SEAS
A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Oceans and Seas
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

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OVER IN THE MEADOW, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
As one of the most illustrated and adapted songs, “Over in the Meadow” deserves its own list

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/over-in-the-meadow-a-singable-picture-book/

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PETE SEEGER
The Singable Picture Books of Pete Seeger
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/pete-seeger-the-power-of-song/

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PETER SPIER
The Singable Picture Books of Peter Spier
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/singable-picture-books-of-peter-spier/

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PETER YARROW SONGBOOK SERIES

A list of the Singable Picture Books from the Peter Yarrow Songbook series:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/the-case-for-singing-with-children-from-peter-yarrow/

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PLACES EMILY LOVES

Singable Picture Books related to some of my favorite places on earth!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/places-i-love-a-collection-of-links-to-spb-posts-featuring-some-of-my-favorite-places-on-earth/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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SONGS BY EMILY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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Singable Expeditions Session 1 at Tuckahoe Elementary School, Activities and the Songs We Sang (4/4/2014)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/singable-expeditions-1-at-tuckahoe-elementary-school-activities-and-the-songs-we-sang/

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Singable Expeditions Session2 at Tuckahoe Elementary School, Activities and the Songs We Sang (4/11/2014)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/singable-expeditions-session-2-at-tuckahoe-elementary-school-activities-and-the-songs-we-sang/

I was asked to write a tune for the Tuckahoe Elementary Discover Schoolyard Outdoor Classroom using rules written by Tuckahoe students.

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Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune
THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE PRINTABLE SONG SHEET (WITH GUITAR CHORDS)
TEDSOCRT, for Short
Rules by Students of Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA
Additional Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Tune by Emily Gleichenhaus
Accompaniment Track Prepared by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com
Sing along with the instrumental accompaniment:

To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune

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THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE (TEDSOCRT) PRINTABLE SHEET MUSIC
Rules by Students of Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA
Additional Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Tune by Emily Gleichenhaus
Accompaniment Track Prepared by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com
Sing along with the instrumental accompaniment:

To view or print the sheet music PDF, click here:
TEDSOCRT_rev_3_31

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I wrote the tune using my guitar and sent a scratch recording of me singing the song plus a PDF of the song sheet I made for the tune which included the words and guitar chords to Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com.  He used what I sent him to create a musical accompaniment sing-along track and a printable PDF musical lead sheet that includes the melody, lyrics and guitar chords.

Paul’s skills amaze and delight me.  Now we can sing the song and kids at the school can sing the rules!

I also want to thank my guitar teacher Josh Walker.  He suggested a couple alternate chords that I liked very much and he’s the reason I was able to use my guitar to make and play the tune.

Working with marvelous musicians (even on a sweet, simple little tune) is a little slice of musical heaven.

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Related Posts

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TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE (TEDSOCRT), A SONG FOR TUCKAHOE BY ELEG/SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/the-tuckahoe-elementary-discovery-schoolyard-outdoor-classroom-rules-tune-by-elegsbwe/

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Sheet Music and Sing Along Tracks for THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE (TEDSOCRT for Short)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/sheet-music-and-sing-along-tracks-for-the-tuckahoe-elementary-discovery-schoolyard-outdoor-classroom-rules-tune-tedsocrt-for-short/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

I accidentally pushed the WordPress PUBLISH button when I wasn’t quite ready.

But have decided not to UNpublish this clearly half-baked post.

The plan is, as is the plan, really, with every post in this blog, to keep adding to it as info, ideas and inspiration arise.

What’s fer sher is that this is a delightful song and kids would LOVE it…and get a little geography lesson too boot.

I’m going to find a way to make a book for this deeeeeeelightful song.

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As sung by the Glenn Miller Band

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I’VE GOT A GAL IN KALAMAZOO wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(I’ve_Got_a_Gal_In)_Kalamazoo

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I’VE GOT A GAL IN KALAMAZOO
Words and Music by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren 

Hi there Tex, how’s your new romance?
The one you met at the campus dance.

Wait until you see her you’ll agree,
My hometown gal’s the only one for me.

A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H I got a gal in Kalamazoo,
Don’t wanna boast,
But I know she’s the toast
Of Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo.

Years have gone by, my, my, how she grew,
I liked her looks
When I carried her books
In Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo.

I’m gonna send a wire,
Hoppin’ on a flyer,
Leavin’ today;
Am I dreamin’?
I can hear her screamin’,
“Hiya, Mister Jackson” ev’rything’s O-K-A-L-A-M-A-Z-O

Oh, what a gal, a real pipperoo;
I’ll make my bid
For that freckle-faced kid,
I’m hurryin’ to.
I’m goin’ to Michigan to see the sweetest gal in Kalamazoo.

A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H I got a gal in Kalamazoo,
Don’t wanna boast,
But I know she’s the toast
Of Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo.

Years have gone by, my, my, how she grew,
I liked her looks
When I carried her books
In Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo.

I’m gonna send a wire,
Hoppin’ on a flyer,
Leavin’ today;
Am I dreamin’?
I can hear her screamin’,
“Hiya, Mister Jackson” ev’rything’s O-K-A-L-A-M-A-Z-O

Oh, what a gal, a real pipperoo;
I’ll make my bid
For that freckle-faced kid,
I’m hurryin’ to.
I’m goin’ to Michigan to see the sweetest gal in Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo,
Zoo, Kalamazoo

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Related Posts

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK WISHES 2 (SONGS THAT WISH TO BE ILLUSTRATED)

There songs are BEGGING to become Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/singable-picture-book-wishes-2-songs-that-wish-to-be-illustrated/

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Baby’s Goodnight Book (Lullabies adn Bedtime Stories)
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Kay Chorao, Amy Flynn, Jean Hirashima, Lisa McCue

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Baby’s First Lullabies

Illustrated by Sophie Keen
(Lullabies are illustrated in the book with a CD that has vocal and instrumental tracks: Twinkle Twinkle, Sleep Baby Sleep, Rock-A-Bye-Baby, Golden Slumbers, Go To Sleep My Baby, Brahms Lullaby, All Through The Night, All The Pretty Horses)

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Bedtime in the Jungle
Sing to the Tune of “Over in the Meadow”
Words Adapted by John Butler
Illustrated by John Butler

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Bed Bed Bed
Music and Lyrics by They Might Be Giants
Illustrated by Marcel Ozama

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Bedtime Sing to Me
Traditional Music
Original Compositions and Lyric Adaptations by Diane C. Ohanesian
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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The Book of Lullabies (Wonderful Songs and Rhymes Passed Down from Generation to Generation for Infants and Toddlers)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Compiled by John M. Feierabend
Illustrated by Diana Appleton

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A Children’s Treasury of Lullabies
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Linda Bleck
This compilation includes:
Frere Jacques
“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

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A Child’s Book of Lullabies
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated with Paintings by Mary Cassatt

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The Drowsy Hours (Poems for Bedtime)
Poems by Various Artists
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Peter Malone
Selected by Susan Pearson

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Fisherman Lullabies
With Music by Clyde Watson
Illustrated by Wendy Watson

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Fishing for a Dream (Ocean Lullabies and Night Verses)
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Collected and Illustrated by Kate Keisler

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Hush Songs (African American Lullabies
Words and Music by Various Artists
Selected by Joyce Carol Thomas
llustrated by Brenda Joysmith

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Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

Selected by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
Illustrated by James McMullan
(This anthology contains nearly 40 singable poems, songs and lullabies, including:  “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Cecil Frances Alexander,  “Not While I’m Around” by Stephen Sondheim, and “Nature Boy” by Eden Ahbez.  For an alphabetical index of the Singable Poems in this book, click the title to reach the posting of 12/25/2009)

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Lullabies (and Illustrated Songbook)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated with Artwork from the Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
A Companion CD found here:
http://www.amazon.com/Lullabies–Songbook-Companion-Welsh-Traditional/dp/B00000083Z/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310668853&sr=1-1

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Lullabies & Goodnight (A Collection of Lullaby Poetry Featuring the Artwork of Mary Cassatt.)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated with Artwork by mary Cassatt

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Lullabies and Night Songs
Words by Various Artists
Music and Arrangements by Alec Wilder
Pictures by Maurice Sendak
Edited by William Engvick
LOC Catalog Card Number: 65-22880

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Lullaby Baby
(50 Songs to Read, Sing, and Hear)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Audrey Ficociello

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The Lullaby Songbook
Words and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Jane Yolen
Musical Arrangements by Adam Stemple
Illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak

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Mrs. Moon Lullabies for Bedtime

Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Clare Beaton
(This book, published by Barefoot Books, features a sing-along CD)
Published by Barefoot Books 

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Over the Moon (the Lullaby Project to Benefit Cancer Research)
Music and Words by Various Artists
Conceived and Created by Kate Dawson and Jodi Glucksman
Forward by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
Illustrated by Various Artists

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The Silver Moon (Lullabies and Cradle Songs)
Words and Music by Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by Jui Ishida

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Sleep, Baby Sleep

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Maryann Cusimano Love
Illustrated by Maria van Lieshout

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Sleep, Baby, Sleep (and Other Well-Loved Lullabies)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Susie Lacome

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Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep
Traditional Music
Words Adapted by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple
Illustrated by Brooke Dyer

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Sleepytime Songs

Compiled by Peter Yarrow
Illustrated by Terry Widener
Collection of lullabies, illustrated from the:
The Peter Yarrow Songbook Series

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Starry Night, Sleep Tight (A Bedtime Book of Lullabies)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Gail Yerrill

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Star light, Star Bright
Rhymes and Riddles Selected by Sam Leaton SebestaWords
Traditional Words and Tunes
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (A Bedtime Book of Lullabies)
Illustrated by Gail Yerrill
(Lullabies include “All the Pretty Little Horses,” “Wee Willy Winkie,” “Lavender’s Blue,”  and, of course, “Twinkle Little Star”)

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“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Published in: Usborne First Picture Nursery Rhymes
Traditional tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep”
Words by Jane Taylor
Illustrated by Jo Litchfield

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (and other favorite bedtime rhymes)

Illustrated by Sanja Rescek

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A Week of Lullabies
Poems and Music by Various Artists
Compiled and Edited by Helen Plotz
Illustrated by Marisabina Russo

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Related Posts

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BIRDS

For the love of birds!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/for-the-birds-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-to-celebrate-our-tuneful-feathered-friends/

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AMY JUNE BATES
The Singable Picture Books of Illustrator Amy June Bates
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/the-singable-picture-books-of-illustrator-amy-june-bates/

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CARLY SIMON
The Singable Picture Books of Carly Simon
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/the-singable-picture-books-of-carly-simon/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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LINDA BLECK’S CHILDREN’S TREASURIES
Children’s Treasuries by Linda Bleck (with many singable treasures)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/childrens-treasuries-by-linda-bleck-with-many-singable-treasures/

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LULLABIES IN SINGLE SONG SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/illustrated-lullabies-in-single-singable-picture-books/

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ILLUSTRATED LULLABIES IN COLLECTIONS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/illustrated-lullabies-in-compilations/

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OCEANS AND SEAS
A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Oceans and Seas
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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RECORDINGS BY EMILY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/recordings/

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SANDRA BOYNTON

The Singable Picture Books by Author, Illustrator, Songwriter Sandra Boynton:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/sandra-boyntons-singable-picture-books/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS
This page is a list filled with links to lists of Singable Picture Books for special occasions and interests
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR

The song, the poem, and its spin-offs!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/twinkle-little-star-the-song-the-list/

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ILLUSTRATED SONGBOOKS AND COLLECTIONS (COMPILATIONS) OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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WATSON FAMILY

Singable Picture Books from Nancy Dingman, Aldren A., Clyde and Wendy Watson
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/singable-picture-books-by-the-watsons-nancy-dingman-aldren-a-clyde-and-wendy/

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Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune
THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE PRINTABLE SONG SHEET (WITH GUITAR CHORDS)
TEDSOCRT, for Short
Rules by Students of Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA
Additional Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Tune by Emily Gleichenhaus
Accompaniment Track Prepared by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com
Sing along with the instrumental accompaniment:

To view or print this song sheet, click here:
Tuckahoe Discovery Schoolyard Rules Tune

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Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA boasts a wonderful outdoor learning program called the DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD. The Discovery Schoolyard consists of gardens (most classrooms have dedicated gardens) that surround the school as well as a lovely courtyard garden in the center of the school.  Recently, the coordinator for the Discovery Schoolyard asked me to lead and “Expeditions” program, which is when a parent or volunteer takes a class of kids into these outdoor spaces to explore a subject in nature.

Of course I wanted to make my expedition program singable.  The coordinator asked if I might write a song using the rules some of the children came up with as schoolyard behavior guidelines so everyone (and everything) can be happy and safe in the gardens.

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The children composed
TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES:

  1. Walk on the paths. Don’t run.
  2. Stay with your group.
  3. Be respectful of tools.
  4. Leave living nature in nature.
  5. Use correct voice levels.

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I used this lovely set of rules to write
THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE
These are the original sing-along tracks I made when I wrote the song and played it on my guitar:


soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/tuckahoe-discovery-rules-tune

With an optional intro:

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THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE
TEDSOCRT, for Short
Rules by Students of Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA
Additional Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Tune by Emily Gleichenhaus
Accompaniment Track Prepared by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com
Sing along with the instrumental accompaniment:

The Tuckahoe Elementary
Discovery Schoolyard
Outdoor Classroom Rules Tune

Walk on the paths, don’t run
Stay with your group, have fun
Be respectful of tools, please do
Remember to follow our rules.

Leave living nature where it grows
Use correct voice levels so you can show
You care about the garden and others, too
Thank you for following our rules.

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TEDSOCRT Printable Sheet Music

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TEDSOCRT_rev_3_31
THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE (TEDSOCRT) PRINTABLE SHEET MUSIC

Rules by Students of Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA
Additional Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Tune by Emily Gleichenhaus
Accompaniment Track Prepared by Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com
Sing along with the instrumental accompaniment:

To view or print the sheet music PDF, click here:
TEDSOCRT_rev_3_31

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I wrote the tune (March, 2014) using my guitar and sent a scratch recording of me singing the song plus a PDF of the song sheet I made for the tune which included the words and guitar chords to Paul Raiman of www.MyRehearsalPianist.com.  He used what I sent him to create a musical accompaniment sing-along track and a printable PDF musical lead sheet that includes the melody, lyrics and guitar chords.

Paul’s skills amaze and delight me.  Now we can sing the song and kids at the school can sing the rules!

I also want to thank my guitar teacher Josh Walker.  He suggested a couple alternate chords that I liked very much and he’s the reason I was able to use my guitar to make and play the tune.

Working with marvelous musicians (even on a sweet, simple little tune) is a little slice of musical heaven.

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Related Posts

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TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE (TEDSOCRT), A SONG FOR TUCKAHOE BY ELEG/SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/the-tuckahoe-elementary-discovery-schoolyard-outdoor-classroom-rules-tune-by-elegsbwe/

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Sheet Music and Sing Along Tracks for THE TUCKAHOE ELEMENTARY DISCOVERY SCHOOLYARD OUTDOOR CLASSROOM RULES TUNE (TEDSOCRT for Short)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/sheet-music-and-sing-along-tracks-for-the-tuckahoe-elementary-discovery-schoolyard-outdoor-classroom-rules-tune-tedsocrt-for-short/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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SONGS BY EMILY

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

Thanks to snow days on Monday and Tuesday and P/T Conferences on Thursday and Friday, we only got one Sing Books this week.  And, Wednesday was the regularly scheduled “Early Release” day for Tuckahoe Elementary, so the children only went to school for a half-day…they must be counting their lucky stars this week!

The Sing Books visit was incredibly fun with Ms. Allen and Ms. Howard’s combined group.  This collection of 2nd Graders loves to make requests for the next visit (and I certainly LOVE to grant those requests).  But I though instead of just writing their requests in my book, I’d start requiring that they “submit requests in writing.”  They ran to their desks and searched the floor for scraps of paper to write their requests.  I taped them in my book:

2014 03 05 Sing Books list and requests - Copy

As a performer and artist, few things are more satisfying than this.  The kids know these songs and they love them because we spend this time singing together.  It just makes me heart SING!

For the next visit the requests are:

  • There’s a Train Out for Dreamland
  • Marvelous Toy
  • Grandma’s Feather Bed (2 requests)
  • Rubber Duckie
  • Fifty Nifty States
  • I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  • Big Bell and the Little Bell
  • Late for School

You bet! I’ll bring them all!

We sang these songs we sang:

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2009
ISBN 987-0-689-86959-4

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The Hippopotamus Song
Words by Michael Flanders
Music by Donald Swann and Michael Flanders
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
ISBN: 0-316-28557-9
This book features printed sheet music

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take me home country roads
Take Me Home, Country Roads

Words and Music by  John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff
Words Adapted by Christopher Canyon
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
ISBN 978-1584690726

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Who is on the United States Money Song
Sing to the Tune of the Can-Can
Words by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Pictures Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Hear the song and sing-along with Emily at this link:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-is-on-the-us-money-song

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Winter Song
Poem by William Shakespeare
From Shakespeare’s play LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
Introduction by Alice Provensen
Illustrated by Melanie Hall
Sing-along with Emily’s instrumental, prepared by Paul Raiman (www.MyRehearsalPianist.com)

(This poem may also be known as “Winter Song,” “Winter’s Song,” “Winter,” and, by its first line, “When icicles hang by the wall”)

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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
Poem by Eugene Field
Music by Various Artists (Including Carly and Lucy Simon)
Illustrated by Giselle Potter

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Yellow Submarine (Sing-A-Song Storybook)
Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Illustrated by Cathy Holly

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Relates Posts

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WINTER

Singable Picture Books for Winter
Some of these are sung at Christmastime, but this is a list of songs about Winter that you can sing all season long!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Patriotic Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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JOHN DENVER
The Singable Picture Books of John Denver
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-denver/

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BEATLES: THE BEATLES IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
The Singable Picture Books of John, Paul, George, and Ringo

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/the-beatles-in-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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when i heard the learn'd astonomer loren long
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
Words by Walt Whitman
Music by Various Artists
Pictures by Loren Long

Perusing the shelves in the Tuckahoe Elementary School Library, I spied a picture book painted in rich beautiful colors with a boy on the cover, uncomfortably dressed in a jacket and tie, sitting with a toy rocket ship beside him in an auditorium style row of seats with the title WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER.  Always on the hunt for an  Illustrated Song unknown to me, something in the back of my brain said “poetry,” and then I saw, “words by Walt Whitman.”  JACKPOT!  Well, almost, since who knew if the poem had been set to music.

Reading the book and falling in love with the short, concise, tight story written in free verse, I hoped against hope to find a singable setting.

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WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER
Walt Whitman (1819–1892)
From: Leaves of Grass

WHEN I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

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I found two likable musical settings of this poem by Walt Whitman.

Here are links:

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Musical setting of WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER by David Mesler
http://www.davidpaulmesler.com/music-group-36.html
Scroll down the list and find the song where there are two links for listening to the whole setting sung by Barbara Hume.

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A lovely choral arrangement of WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER sung by Kairos-a Consort of Singers.
Musical setting by Edward Lundergan:
http://www.amazon.com/When-Heard-Learnd-Astronomer-Whitman/dp/B00BJZJKQK
You can click here to order the score or buy the CD:
http://www.kairosconsort.org/orderformCD.htm

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WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER on the Poetry Foundation website:
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174747

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A comic book style rendering of the poem, here:
http://io9.com/5973932/walt-whitmans-when-i-heard-the-learnd-astronomer-in-comic-form

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Cliff’s Notes analysis of the poem:
http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/l/leaves-of-grass/summary-and-analysis-calamus/when-i-heard-the-learnd-astronomer

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The poem illustrated online, here:
http://sulserio.tumblr.com/post/5166794001/when-i-heard-the-learnd-astronomer

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Another illustrator’s picture for this poem online, here:
http://ulaulaman.tumblr.com/post/35128133543/carnival-of-space-274-when-i-heard-the-learnd
(I love the title of the picture, “Carnival of Space #274″

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Addendum 4/23/2014

 WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER pairs beautifully with PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON.

Both song say,

“DON’T LOSE THE MAGIC.”

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PUFF AND THE ASTRONOMER: DON’T LOSE THE MAGIC
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/puff-and-the-astronomer-dont-lose-the-magic/

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Related Posts

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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PUFF AND THE ASTRONOMER: DON’T LOSE THE MAGIC
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/puff-and-the-astronomer-dont-lose-the-magic/

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ILLUSTRATED SONG/BOOK SETS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songbook-sets/


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