Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Unit

Shared Reading

Before Reading
  • Recite the alphabet.
  • Using alphabet magnets, put the alphabet in order from A to Z. Remove some of the magnets so that some of the letters are missing. Ask the children to guess which letters are missing.
  • Ask the children to look at the cover and tell you what they see (tree, coconuts, colors, etc.).
During Reading
  • Read the title, author, and illustrator. Explain that this book has two authors that wrote the story together and one illustrator who made the pictures.
  • Make a prediction about what might happen after the letters are all in the tree.
Rereading
  • Count the letters at the front of the book. Explain to the children that there are 26 letters in the English language and that they can be written two ways - uppercase and lowercase.
  • Ask the children to name the colors of each letter.
  • Identify the rhyming words/letters.
  • Listen to the story using a tape or video (available from Scholastic).
  • Retell the story using props. See Literacy Activities below)

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Literacy Activities

Chicka Chicka Alphabet PowerPoint Game: I made this PowerPoint presentation to practice letter recognition with my students. The presentation contains all 52 letters, uppercase and lowercase. I hook my laptop up to my computer and we recite the letters we see each morning. I use this presentation each morning as extra reinforcement and practice. To download the presentation, click below.

Alphabet Tree Overhead Lesson: This lesson plan comes from Scholastic. To download the printable lesson plan and blackline master, click below.

Making a Coconut Tree out of Paper: Use a story prop to retell the story. You will need a coconut tree and letters. The kids love to retell the story over and over again. The first prop I ever used in my room, I made out of bulletin board paper. I laminated the pieces, added velcro, and stapled it to the wall. I used Print Shop to find some photos of coconuts, printed them added them to the tree. Next, I found a blackline master of alphabet flashcards, copied, laminated, and added velcro to them. we used the tree during our shared reading time and as a center.

Monkeying Around Game: I found this game at a Lakeshore store for about $12. The object of the game is to spin the wheel and see how many monkeys you need to add to the tree. Add your monkeys and try not to make the tree fall down. The tree top is attached with a magnet and when off balance will fall and make the mokeys go crashing. Great for fine motor and critical thinking skills! :o)

chicka chicka game chicka chicka game

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Software: I found a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Software Game at a computer store called MicroCenter for $4.99. The program is great and my kids love it!

chicka chicka software

Using an Inflatable Coconut Tree: I bought an inflatable tree from Oriental Trading for $8.95. It is shown in the picture below with a couple of alphabet cards. I had some trouble making the tree stand on it's end, so I taked some bags of sand to the base and used a stuffed monkey to "attach" it to the wall. It was a bit of work, but so cute!

Chicka tree

Chick Chicka Boom Book Story Prop: I don't personally have this story prop from Lakeshore, but I think it is really useful. It's small and doesn't take up so much room in the classroom.

Chicka tree story prop

Making a Coffee Can Coconut Tree: I got this idea from my team leader at Cranberry Elementary School, Miss Campbell. Hot-glue five large coffee cans together, end to end, and spray paint the cans brown. This will be the trunk of the tree. On top of the "tree" you can glue some palm leaves made from craft foam or paper. Miss Campbell used some artificial palm fronds from a craft store. She also added some brown painted styrofoam balls for coconuts. Add some magnetic letters and you are done!

Coconut Tree Letter Matching Game: I found a blackline master of a coconut tree and made 5 copies. I colored the trees and mounted them on construction paper. Next, I labeled sticker dots with different letters and attached them to the coconut tree. I did the same with a set of clothespins. The kids use the clothespins to match letters to their coconut tree. I made a set for uppercase letters and a set for lowercase letters.

Chicka center

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Art Project: I've seen this project done a lot of different ways. some teachers will precut the pieces and have the kids round edges and corners to form the pieces of a tree. The projects in the pictures below are samples that I made myself. I prefer to giv each child a long piece of green and a wide piece of green and ask them to make their own trunk and leaves. They all come out VERY different and beautiful. I've used magazines in my classroom to have the children find letters for glueing onto the projects. I've also used alphabet stamps and sticky dots. Some teachers like to use this project as an assessment tool. To use this as an assessment tool, assess which letters each student recognizes and write on a sticky dot. After the coconut tree is constructed by the child, let her/him stick the letter dots onto the project. At a glance, it is easy to see where the children are and who needs remediation.

Chicka tree magazine letters
Chicka tree with magazine letters
Chicka tree alphabet stamp
Chicka tree with stamp letters

Writing

Shared Writing
  • Begin an alphabet book. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a great springboard for beginning alphabet studies. I make a large alphabet big book that the children and I write in each day. I use 28 sheets of large 12x18 construction paper and bind them together. I write "Our Alphabet Book" on the front and write one of the letters A to Z on each page in the book. I write the vowels in a different color. At the beginning of the year, I teach a letter a day for recognition. Each day, we brainstorm a words that begin with the letter of the day. We write student names and any other word we can think of that begins with that letter. The children help to illustrate the words.
  • Write a continuation of the story. On a sheet of chart paper, write what would happen if the letters went back up the coconut tree again. Would the letters make it this time? Would they fall again or would they all fit? Would their mamas and papas rescue them again? Why did the letters climb the tree again?
Independent Writing
  • Draw or write about your favorite part of the story.
  • Write the letters that you remember from the story.
  • Draw or write about t time when you fell down. Where were you? Did anyone help you? What did they do to help you?
  • Draw or write about other things that like to climb trees.

Songs and Poems

Let's Sing Around the Coconut Tree
(Tune: "The Wheels on the Bus")

Let's sing around the coconut tree,
coconut tree,
coconut tree.
Let's sing around the coconut tree,
Singing the sounds of letters!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Transition Poem
*modify the poem to match the number of students in your class
(from Cheryl Weighill)

Skit, skat, skoodle doot, flip flop flee,
Everyone come to the carpet with me.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,
Will there be enough room?
Here comes ____, and ____, and ____,
And tag along ____ all on their way to the carpet with me.
Chick Chicka Boom Boom,
Will there be enough room?
It's ____, ____, ____, ____ and ____, ____, ____, ____.
Still more ____, and ____, ____, ____.
Skit, skat, skoodle doot, flip flop flee,
The whole class is ready and looking at me!

Recipes

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Cookies: I found this idea from Michaels.com. To read about the ingredients and how to make the cookies, click on the picture. As a fun addition, I thought it would be neat to add Alphabits cereal for letters. :o)

Chicka Chicka Cookies

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Cupcakes: I also found this idea at Michaels.com. To read about the ingredients and how to make the cookies, click on the picture.

Chicka Chicka cupcake

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