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Geography Songs in Illustrated Song

Posted on: December 5, 2013

My daughter’s class is studying for an upcoming Geography Bee, so I’ve gathered up the Geography songs so far installed in the Sing Books Repertoire:

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America the Beautiful

Poem by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Illustrated by Chris Gall

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AMERICAN THE BEAUTIFUL (lyrics and chords for SBWE)
Poem by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
To view or print this sheet, click here:
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America the Beautiful
Poem by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Illustrated by Todd Ouren

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The Continents Song
Traditional Tune (Sing to the tune of, “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”)
Adapted Lyrics
Map created by ephotopix.com
Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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To learn and remember the places on Earth, I think it helps first to care about what happens to it, and each person’s role in its care.
Earth Pledge ELEG SBWE chords

Earth Pledge
Words by Artist Janina Lamb
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE

Sing the Earth Pledge with Emily

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To view or print this page, click here:
Earth Pledge ELEG SBWE chords

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To learn and remember the places on Earth, I think it helps first to care about what happens to it, and each person’s role in its care.
EARTH PLEDGE poster Janina Lamb2
Earth Pledge
Words by Artist Janina Lamb
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE

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The Erie Canal
Traditional Words and tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

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Fifty Nifty States
Words and Music by Ray Charles
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
For educational use only.

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Fifty Nifty States 
Words and Music by Ray Charles
Illustrated by PAINLESS LEARNING PLACEMATS

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FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD is a geography song in that the lyrics function as a verbal map, describing locations where slaves could find and follow to get help and that would lead them to freedom along the Underground Railroad.

Follow the Drinking Gourd
Traditional Words and Tune
Story by Jeanette Winters
Illustrated by Jeanette Winters

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THE NEW COLOSSUS (song Give Me Your Tired Your Poor)
Poem by Emma Lazarus
Music by Irving Berlin
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
new-colossus-song-sheet-w-music-sbwe

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Give My Regards to Broadway
Words and Music by George M. Cohan
Edited by Barbie Heit Schwaeber
Illustrated by Carol Newsom

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SBWE Regards2Bway Map - Copy
The Sing Books with Emily “Give My Regards to Broadway” Map of Manhattan
Drawn by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this map, click here:
SBWE Regards2Bway Map – Copy

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I Love the Mountains
Traditional Words and Music
Words Adapted by John Archembault and David R. Plummer
Illustrated by Susan Swan

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Island in the Sun
Words and Music by Harry Belefonte and Lord Burgess (IrvingBurgie)
Pictures by Alex Ayliffe

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It’s a Small World
Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Illustrated by Joey Chou

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In Jingle Bells by Iza Trapani, the sleigh takes you around the world to experience how people in different cultures celebrate Christmas.  A terrific opportunity to get out a map and locate these places on the globe.

Jingle Bells

Traditional Tune
Words Adapted by Iza Trapani
Illustrated by Iza Trapani

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Before we sing Kookaburra, we look at a map of the world and locate Australia and New Zealand where the Kookaburra lives.
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Kookaburra (Cantata Learning)
Traditional Words and Tune
Retold by Steven Anderson
Illustrated by Dan Taylor

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Let There Be Peace on Earth (And Let It Begin with Me)
Music and words by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller
Illustrations by David Diaz

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Let There Be Peace on Earth (w chords by ELEG for SBWE)
Music and words by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller
Chords and Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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London Bridge is Falling Down (w guitar chords)
Traditional Words and Tune
Arranged by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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LYDIA THE TATTOED LADY 4SBWE cover only
Lydia the Tattooed Lady
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

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London Bridge is Falling Down (The Mother Goose Library, Peter Spier)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier
An Illustrated Rendition of the Song LONDON BRIDGE

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maria had a little llama
Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía una Llamita
Written and Illustrated by Angela Dominguez
Sing to the Tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb
ISBN 978-0-8050-9333-9

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Maria Had a Little Llama (chord chart for SBWE)
Written and Illustrated by Angela Dominguez
Sing to the Tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb
To view or print this chart, click here:
maria-had-a-little-llama-sbwe-for-book

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Midnight Riders (a Fun Song About the Ride of Paul Revere and William Dawes) 
Traditional Tune (sing to the tune of “Over Hill, Over Dale”)
Musical Arrangement by Elizabeth Temple
Text and Lyrics by Michael Dahl
Illustrated by Brandon Reibling
ISBN 1-4048-0129-4
From the Fun Song Series

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My Country tis of Thee for SBWE w chords
My Country Tis of Thee for SBWE w Chords
Words by Reverend Samuel Francis Smith
Traditional Tune, Chords Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
My Country tis of Thee for SBWE w chords

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My Country ’Tis of Thee (America)
Words by Reverend Samuel Francis Smith
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
This link is a PDF with all the words and chords for this book:
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ONE WIDE RIVER (aka ONE MORE RIVER) mentions, “the river of Jordan,” giving you a chance to show a map
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One Wide River to Cross
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Barbara Emberley
Illustrated by Ed Emberley

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Port Side Pirates
Words and Music by Oscar Seaworthy
Illustrated by Debbie Harter
Published by Barefoot Books

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The Rainforest Grew All Around
Traditional Tune (GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND)
Text and Word Adaptations by Susan K. Mitchell
Illustrated by Connie McLennan
(This book includes, besides lyrics, panels of information about each plant or animal mentioned in the song.  It has won many a parent and educator’s choice awards.)

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Rhode Island is Famous for You
Words by Howard Dietz
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
For educational use only.

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Before we sing this song, we locate Virginia and West Virginia on a map of the United States.  Then we look at a map of the state of Virginia to see where we live in Northern Virginia and how if you drive West of here on the way to West Virginia, you will cross the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River, which are mentioned in the first verse of the song.
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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This Land is Your Land

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
With a Tribute by Pete Seeger
Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen
This book, rich in detail, features printed music and a tribute to Woody Guthrie written by Pete Seeger.

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United States State Capitals Song
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or leave a comment to this post.

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Waltzing Matilda
Traditional Folk Tune Arranged by Christina Macpherson
Poem by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson
Illustrated by Desmond Digby

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We’re Sailing to Galapagos (A Week in the Pacific)

Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Words by Laurie Krebs
Illustrated by Grazia Restelli
Published by Barefoot Books 

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We're Sailing to Galapagos lyrics w chords SBWE
We’re Sailing to Galapagos (A Week in the Pacific)
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Words by Laurie Krebs
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
We’re Sailing to Galapagos lyrics w chords SBWE

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When I First Came to This Land

Words and Music by Oscar Brand
Illustrated by Doris Burn
LOC Catalog Card Number: 74-77596
This book contains notes about the author and illustrator and printed sheet music.

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Whole World
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Christopher Corr

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For further exploration:

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Geography Songs on Songs for Teaching:
http://www.songsforteaching.com/geographysongs.htm

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geography songs troxel
Geography Songs (Sing Around the World)
Words and Music by Larry & Kathy Troxel

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