This Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity works great for a literacy center or as something you can send to families to do for distance learning. My preschool, like many, is starting with remote learning. One of my goals for remote learning is to try to send our families simple activities that are similar to our center activities at school. I am also attempting to connect each to a book I’ll be sharing with students in one of our weekly recorded lessons. This gives children an anchor to work with while learning remotely. You can see an example of a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom video lesson here.
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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity
Start with a read aloud.
After reading Chicka Chika Boom Boom to your class in person or online, do a simple lesson like this. Then include activities like this one in your activities for the week.
At Home or Literacy Center Activity
This letter matching activity is perfect for quick differentiation in class or for remote learning. If you are teaching in person right now, you are probably trying to minimize shared manipulatives. This letter matching activity is easy to make multiples of so students don’t have to share at all. I’ll walk you through how to differentiate it in just a second, but first, let’s grab materials. You will need a Coconut Tree printable ( print it for free here), or if you are an excellent artist, you can draw one. You will also need some circle labels in various colors – I got mine here – a marker, and scissor.
Start by writing the letters on the circle labels. Here is where there are many options for differentiation.
Option one –> Write nothing on the stickers, have children peel off, and match the colors of the stickers. They will be working on color recognition and fine motor skills.
Option two –> Write either all uppercase or all lowercase letters on both sets of stickers, making sure that the letters are on matching colors too. Children will be matching the color and the exact letter form.
Option three –> Write lowercase letters on the stickers on the tree and uppercase letters on that stickers for matching, using the same colors to act as a scaffold.
Option four –> Write lowercase letters on the stickers on the tree, uppercase letters on the matching stickers and random colors, so the child is only using the letters to match, not the colors. I would not try this for beginners and probably not for remote learning either, but it is a great challenge if you are there to scaffold and help them if needed.
After you have decided which option is best for your student, add half the stickers to the tree and set the other half aside for the student to add.
When it’s time to play, it’s as easy as peel and stick! You can add a lot of letters or just a few. It’s so easy to adjust to your specific students.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES PRESCHOOL LESSONS
Remember to choose activities that won’t overwhelm parents. Some parents are eager and enjoy this role of teaching at home, and others are trying to balance working at home full time and caring for young children. It’s tough, know your audience. My thematic units have been super helpful for me as I plan because they have printable materials that are easy to send home (don’t worry, these aren’t worksheets). Directions for activities are already written out so I can easily share them with families.
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