Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Hi everyone!  Finally I have time to post our "A Five Day Read" of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  With my current group it is taking us more than the five days to cover the lesson plan and as long as the children are interested I keep going.

So here it goes...

Morning Meeting
I love doing our morning message.  Here is a sample of one of them.

Shared Reading Activities
We started out the book by pulling letters from Ned's Head (a game I got several years back and use it as a teaching tool).  We tried to identify the letters and found out there are 26 letters in the alphabet.

We talked about the cover of the book and whether they had ever seen a tree like this before.  We talked about the tree, where they grow, and what grows on it.  I used pictures of real coconut trees with this discussion.

We also took a picture walk through the book where we talked about whether all the letters would be able to fit at the top of this tree and what might happen.  We talked about climbing trees and what happens to us when we fall.  We used the pictures to lead our discussion of what we think might be happening in the story.

You can see more of what we did by downloading the lesson plan at the end of this post.

Companion Story
We used "On Market Street" as our companion book.  We brought in environmental print, talked about what we might buy at these places, and graphed it as to whether we liked going there or not.
We then did a picture walk talking about all the types of stores on Market Street.  We predicted why all these things were bought.

Drew and dictated a gift we would like to give someone.

We passed a gift by saying... "I would like to give my friend ______ a ______."... and we practiced responding with a "thank you" and a "your welcome".

 We used our environmental print to make our own Main Street.  We used cut off milk cartons covered in white paper to make the buildings.  The children really had a good time with this.

We did some letter stamping.

We finger painted a coconut tree and put the letters of our name on the tree.

And we did this coded shape coloring tree from here.

We used dot markers to stamp our names.

We did a count and clip activity which I found in my resources.

We did a coconut matching of uppercase letters.  I found this in my resources.

 We put together a coconut tree and added letters.  You can get it here.

Over the week we made a Counting Coconuts book.  The book goes to five coconuts, but I only took these pictures of it.  You can get it here along with many other ideas.

Dot marker number 3 page.  You can get it from here.

We put together coconut puzzles.  I found this in my resources.

 We pulled out letters from Ned's Head and put them on a letter line. Then we pointed to the letters and sang the ABC Song.

I made a file folder game called "How Many Presents?" that you can download here.  Sorry I forgot to get a picture but I did it on a manila envelope in which you can store pieces inside.

We watched a video of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and the children really liked it.  I can't get the song out of my head... just a warning!

We talked about the mamas and the papas and who is in our family.  We drew a family portrait.

We did this fingerplay...
This is my mother, kind and dear.
(make a fist and point to your thumb)
This is the father sitting near.
(shown each finger in turn)
This is the brother
strong and tall.
This is the sister, who plays with her ball.
This is the
baby. littlest of all.
See my whole family large and small
(wiggle all the fingers)

And we sponge painted the members of our families and later decorated them.

You may download a copy of the entire lesson plan here.

Share your Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ideas here...

Hope you enjoyed our "A Five Day Read" of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  We will be doing We're Going on a Bear Hunt next... so I hope you will stop back!



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