You can find Chicka Chicka Boom Boom lessons all over kindergarten classrooms this time of year! What makes this book such a popular choice for introducing letters?
I have been teaching kindergarten for 15 years and I have used Chicka Chicka Boom Boom every single one of those years. And the credit goes to my good friend and mentor Raelene Rodi. She introduced me to this book many years ago and I haven't looked back. "If it ain't broke...." is what I say.
So it's great to see that so many teachers have picked up on the magic of this Bill Martin Jr. favorite. As you know, Kinder League is made up of two kindergarten teachers and one TK teacher. Many times we like the same projects and work hard to present them in a different way for our little TK students so that they don't get a repeated lesson two years in a row (Transitional Kindergarten is a two year program using exposure to the kindergarten curriculum).
If you are familiar with the book, you know that the story is about naughty lower case letters that decide to climb a palm tree. When they fall out of the tree, their "mamas and papas" (aka. upper case letters) come to the rescue. It's a great way to introduce and distinguish between upper case and lower case letters. It is also a fun way to introduce letters in names. The above bulletin board is from my TK classroom. The focus here is the first letters in your name. The tags read, "J is for Jaxson." (Again, this giant bulletin board pays tribute to my mentor Mrs. Rodi. She was great about creating huge bulletin boards that grabbed your attention.)
The photos above show what our kinder students did as their extension project. As you can see, Cindy and Cessy had their students spell out their entire name on the palm tress. And the hand print palms look so cute!
Today's selection of multimedia gives you an array of additional resources. We also like to include some kind of music or movie fun. These are ones we would recommend:
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