Erie Canal

Social Studies/Geography

Music can help students powerfully absorb information by giving it context and connecting it to them emotionally. It's one thing to be studying how the development of canal systems affected the development of the United States. It's another thing to put everyone in the time (mid 1800's) and place (upstate New York) and action (guiding a mule that is pulling a barge on the tow path along the Erie Canal) by singing along to Red's recording of the song "Erie Canal". It's fun, engaging and full of visual imagery that brings the time and place and action to life for them.

Here's a list of Red's songs, by topic, that can be used to help kids make a deeper connection to subject matter. Have fun!

 

US Map Studies

Cotton Fields (Louisiana, Texarkana)

Gary, Indiana

 

World Map Studies

Places In The World

Brothers and Sisters

Buono Appetito

We're Rich

 

Farm Life and Agriculture

Heading On Down To The Barn

Cotton Fields

 

Transportation

Erie Canal

Wabash Cannonball

Let's Go Riding

Day-O

 

Work

Cotton Fields

Mingulay Boat Song

Day-O

 

US History

Erie Canal

Cotton Fields

Wabash Cannonball

Simple Gifts (1840's, Shakers)

Alexander's Ragtime Band (1910's)

Rattlin' Bog (How European immigrants brought their music with them)

 

Patriotism and Citizenship

America

Grand Old Flag

This Land Is Your Land

Citizenship

 

Diversity and Oneness

Places In The World

Listen

Rapp Song

Brothers and Sisters

Buono Appetito

We're Rich

 

Languages

Rapp Song

 

Citizenship

Citizenship

 

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