Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Unit Study

This week we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr & John Archambault

A cute rhyming story where all the lower case letters race up the coconut tree.  And then uppercase "mommy and daddy's" come to the rescue.

It's a fun and witty rhyme with very colorful artwork.  Lots of letter recognition practice opportunities for little ones!

We went to the local produce stand and bought a coconut.  When we got home I had Kiley hold it and tell me what she knows about coconuts:

Comes out of a coconut tree
We drink it's juice
We eat it
Has 3 little dots

When daddy got home we had him show us how he opens a coconut.  To learn how to open a coconut and interesting health benefits from eating them, click below:
Crack Open A Coconut

Fruit Smoothie:
2 frozen bananas
Handful of strawberries
Coconut water

Cut up the banana and strawberries.  Then put all the ingredients into a blender and blend that baby up!

I like using frozen bananas because it makes the smoothie just the right thickness. It also makes it cold without having to use ice.  We also like to use raw honey, pineapple and goji berries in our fruit smoothies, but the strawberries we had were pretty sweet so we went with a basic smoothie.

Write A Rhyme!
We also made a rhyming story, just like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  Kiley decided to write about her favorite stuffed toy, Teddy.  She came up with words that rhymed and the story line.  I filled in the gaps.

To read about it and view the cute pictures she drew for the story, click below:

Play the Letter Game!
A few months ago, I made alphabet cards out of colored construction paper.  A to Z in upper case and in lower case.

Throw out 3 letter cards and ask a question pertaining to one of the 3 cards.  Once answered correctly throw out 3 more cards, ask a question and so on.  Question examples:

Which is the A card?
Which card has a letter from your name in it?
Which letter makes the ssssss sound?
Which letter starts with Elephant?
Which card has an upper/lower case N?
and so on...
also.. lay out all the uppercase letter cards, out of order, on the floor.  Give the lowercase letter cards to your child one at a time and have them find the uppercase that matches.


Recreate the Story! 
I made a poor looking coconut tree out of a brown paper bag and construction paper, put it on the fridge and gave Kiley our magnetic letters.  She took the letters and acted out the story.  Story line: All the LC baby letters make it up the tree and then fall down.  UC mommy & daddy letters come to the rescue, finding their babies and then giving their bobo's kisses.

Kiley had a lot of fun playing with the letters for a couple hours.

Ideas for this week came from a unit study at:


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