September 8, 2014

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

I've been out of the blogging world for a week because I was helping my baby sister with last minute wedding details before her wedding this past Saturday! Doesn't she look beautiful!!!
Now onto the blogging...Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of my favorite shared reading stories to do at the beginning of the year. The pattern in the book is easy for students to catch on to and it is great letter practice. There are SO many activities that can go along with this story!

I spend a week on this story and read it during our Shared Reading time. By the end of the week, the students are able to read most of the book themselves. I also include many Chicka themed activities in our literacy centers. 

In our library/listening center, I let students listen to the story on CD and use this Chicka Chicka tree to act out the stories. This is always a favorite center! You can find this tree from Lakeshore
Below are some activities I put in some of my "word work" tubs.  I've used these activities for years and don't remember where I got them. If you created these or know who did, please let me know so I can give them credit!
Students get to help the letters climb the tree.
This is a great way to practice names too. Students stamp their names up the coconut tree.
Students color the Chicka tree on the front, then trace the alphabet.
I created a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed game for students to work on uppercase and lowercase letters. Of course I forgot to take a picture of my own product in action. Geez!
A fun way to end our week of is to watch the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom movie. It's so cute to hear the kids sing along with the video and they love seeing the letters animated! They always ask to watch it a 2nd time. 


Below are 2 crafts I've made in the past during our Friday craft time. As you can see the 1st craft is a great way to get some more name practice in. To make this craft go a bit faster, in advance I get all the letters ready for each child's name. I then put all the kid's names that sit at the same table in one ziploc bag. This way the students still have to search through some letters to build their name, but they aren't having to dig through a whole box of foam letters. Can you still tell it's the beginning of the year? :)
The craft below uses alphabet cereal to make Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees. After making the coconut tree, students can glue on some letters climbing up the tree or at the top of the tree. When we're finished, I give them each a handful of cereal to eat!

You can get a FREE template for the Chicka Trees by clicking here. 

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