I've Been Living in the Desert

Sing to the tune of
"I've Been Working on the Railroad"

I've been living in the desert
For so many days.
I've been living in the desert
Just to see the animals play.

Don't you feel the wind blowing
across your face and arms.

Don't you feel the sun shining
It's just too hot.

Don't you want to come...
Don't you want to come..
Don't you want to come to the desert?
Welcome to the Desert

Sing to the tune of
"Oh! Susanna!"

Oh, the days are hot; the nights are cold;
The weather it is dry.
With rocks and sand and lots of space.
Sometimes the wind blows by.

Come see the desert --- it's a pretty place to be!
Just keep your cool and watch your step,
For you may have company!

Look, there's a giant cactus tree.
Saguaro is its name.
It stores water for dry times,
And you should do the same.


When the sun goes down, the air turns cool.
More critters start to roam.
They're hungry and they search for food,
The desert is their home.


The centipedes and scorpions
Are poisonous as can be
So keep your distance --- don't you touch!
There's plenty more to see!


Sing to the tune of
"Old Smoky"

See the saguaro
Standing so high
Grows very slowly
Reaching the sky.

Provides food and shelter
For creatures who know
To nest in the branches
And burrow below.

A True Book:  Deserts by Darlene Stille, 1999
Desert Discoveries by Ginger Wadsworth, 1997
The Living World:  Deserts by Dr. Clive Catchpole, 1983
One Small Square:  A Cactus Desert by Donald M. Silver, 1995
Animals of the Desert by Stephen Savage, 1997
Deserts by Simon Seymour, 1990
Desert Song by Tony Johnston, 2000

One Day in the Desert by Jean Craighead George, 1983
Cactus Hotel by Brenda Guiberson, 1991
Let's Take a Trip:  A Living Desert by Guy Spenser
Cactus Cafe by Kathleen Zoehfeld, 1997

In My Mother's House by Ann Nolan Clark, 1941, poetry
The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola, 1983
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola, 1988
Buffalo Woman by Paul Goble
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble, 1986
Hiawatha by Henry David Longfellow
Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin, 1987
The Magic Schoolbus:  Gets All Dried Up by Suzanne Weyn, 1996
The Camel Who Took a Walk by Jack Tworkov, 1951
Ten Little Rabbits by Grossman and Long
Coyote Places the Stars by Harriet Peck Taylor, 1993
The Moon, The Sun, and The Coyote by Judith Cole, 1991
The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit by Susan Lowell, 1994
The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell, 1992

The Hieroglyphs Handbook by Philip Ardagh, 1999
Tut's Mummy (Step into Reading Book)
Mummies (An Explorer Book) by Suzanne Lord, 1991
The Egyptian News by Scott Steedman,1997
You Wouldn't Want to Be An Egyptian Mummy! by David Stewart, 2000
Kids Discover Magazine:  Pyramids, 1992

The Children of Egypt by Matti Pitkanen, 1991
Take a Trip to Egypt by Keith Lye, 1983
A Visit to Egypt by Peter and Connie Roop, 1998
Great Rivers:  The Nile by Michael Pollard, 1997

Bill and Pete Go down the Nile by Tomie dePaola, 1987
Tut's Mummy by Judy Donnelly, 1976
The Day of Ahmed's Secret by Heide and Gilliland, 1990
Mummies in the Morning (The Magic Treehouse Series) by Mary Pope Osborne
Tut Tut (The Time Warp Trio) by Jon Scieszka, 1996
Pepi and the Secret Names by Jill Paton Walsh, 1994

The Magic School Bus Gets All Dried Up
The Living Desert by Disney

SchoolDays Magazine, April/May/June, 1993
Desert Facts

Teacher's Helper Magazine, April/May/June, 1996,
Desert Wildlife, Dictionary Skills

Desert USA
Carolyn's Desert Page of Links and Lesson Plans

Ancient Egypt - fix link

Carolyn's Links for Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans - fix link

Information on the Anasazi,  Jim Cornish, Canadian 5th Grade Teacher

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