We are in full swing alphabet mode for the beginning of our year and my favorite alphabet book is “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault! This book just never gets old and my kiddos love it just as much as I do. I wanted to share with you some fun activities I do with my class that follow along with the book…
Before my parents come in for Back to School Night, I want the room looking super cute, including our big bulletin board. I love doing this little craft with my students because not only can we practice coloring, gluing and cutting; it also is a great assessment tool that shows me who knows the letters in their name. It makes an adorable bulletin board and the parents enjoy finding their child’s boom boom tree!
Click here to download the freebie coconut tree that I used for this activity!
Puzzles and Games are a great way to practice working together and sneak in learning at the beginning of the year when classroom management is such an important focus. I use the Uppercase/Lowercase Letter Identification Memory Game, Beginning Sounds Boom Boom Bingo and Chicka Chicka Rhyming Puzzles to reinforce these concepts from the book. To explore my “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Literacy Activities” resource click here.
In my sand and water table, I put water beads (otherwise know as colored coconuts!) with a bunch of plastic alphabet letters. This is a great hands on center where kids can either practice finding the letters in their name or making an ABC order train around the edge of the table.
When we visit our 4th grade buddies for the first time, this “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Name Activity” is a really fun way to break the ice and get the buddies working together!
Once my kiddos can identify all of their letter and sounds they receive this cute little achievement certificate to take home and share with their parents.
Do you use this same book in your classroom? Please share your ideas in the comments!