"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" Family Book SheetDOWNLOAD FILE
March 1, 2020 - Author: Michigan State University Extension
In this rhyming book, all of the lower case letters of the alphabet race to the top of a coconut tree. When the tree bends and they all come tumbling down, the upper case letters come to help.
- Show the children the front of the book. Ask them to guess what the book is about.
- Ask them what letters they see on the back of the book.
- Ask them if they know what kind of tree is on the front of the book.
- Stop at any time if there is something you or the children would like to talk about.
- Ask them questions so that they can connect what is happening in the book to to things they already know about. Try some of these ideas:
- Where are the letters going?
- Who runs to the coconut tree when the letters fall down?
- Have you ever fallen and hurt yourself? What happened?
- Spend some time talking about the story. Ask the children things like:
- Why wasn’t there enough room for all of the letters?
- What happened to the letters when they all tried to fit?
- What funny words did you hear in the story?
Read this book several times to the children. Hearing the same story again and again helps them learn new words and understand the ideas the hear better. Each day, pick a different activity to do with the children after reading.
MATH AND SCIENCE
Grow your own tree by soaking a paper towel in water and putting it in the bottom of a cup. Put a bean in the paper towel and water it. Place the cup on somewhere where it will get sun. Water the paper towel every day so that it stays moist, and see if a sprout begins to grow. Keep a journal that describes the changes.
Go outside and collect different kinds of leaves. Put them on a hard surface one at a time, and place a piece of paper on top. Rub a crayon across the paper to make a design on your paper. Compare the different designs that the leaves make.
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
Move to the words you read in “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.” Pretend to climb to the top of the tree, stomp your feet when you ready “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and wiggle your hips when you read “Will there be enough room?” Act out as many phrases as you can.
Ask the children to repeat the words “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, will there be enough room?” as you read the story together.
Pretend to be a farmer or gardener. Take turns being the seed by curling up in a ball on the floor. The farmer or gardener can prepare the ground with a pretend rake, plant the seed, pat the seed with dirt, and pretend to water it. The seed will “sprout” from the floor and become a plant. See how tall you can grow!
Grow your own tree. Soak a paper towel in water and then put it in the bottom of a cup. Put a bean in the paper towel and water it. Place the cup on a window sill or table where it will get sun. Water the paper towel every day so that it stays moist, and see if a sprout begins to grow. Help the children write a journal that describes how the seed changes.
Have the children trace the letters from the labels on food containers in the cupboards with their fingers. Say the letters out loud while you are tracing them. You can also take the label off the can, or cut the letters out of the cardboard, so they can try tracing on a blank piece of paper.et them cut the letters out with scissors when they are done.
For more information visit the MSU Extension early childhood development site.