Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I'll Meet You at the Top of the Coconut Tree

     I faced reality today and acknowledged that summer is going to be wrapping up soon and it's time to start thinking about the first few weeks of school.  Like many kindergarten teachers, I like to use Chicka Chicka Boom Boom as a springboard for beginning of the year activities.  It's a book most kids are familiar with, the illustrations are engaging and the rhyme and repetition make it perfect for shared reading.  I've done a gazillion of the favorite activities floating around out there - alphabet matching, counting coconuts, decorating giant letters with band-aids - and I've noticed that the kids always love the band-aid activities.  (What 5 year old doesn't love band-aids?)  So, I came up with this short little book to use for shared reading.  A handful of letters each show their band-aids after their fall from the tree. "P has a band-aid on its foot."  After the shared reading, the kids can make their own version, coloring in the letters and putting real band-aids on them.  They LOVE this! (There's a little picture clue to remind them where each letter needs its band-aid.)  The teeny tiny band-aids are perfect for this project - you'll need 6 for each child.  If you're planning on starting the year with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and you think that your class might like this book, click below the pisture for a copy of the full-color shared reading version and the black/white student version.  What are some of your favorite Chicka Chicka activities?

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12 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. I've got several ideas from other blogs and websites. I'm going to do a scavenger hunt using the letters to introduce the kids to the school and staff.

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  2. Ohhh! L.O.V.E. it! You are one talented lady!

    Thank you!
    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

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  3. Thanks for sharing. Very cute idea!

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  4. Another great idea! I am going to print this now! I always do a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom week each year!

    http://fromkindergartenwithlove.blogspot.com

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  5. Love the band aid idea! My kinders will go crazy!
    Tessa
    Spotlight on Kindergarten

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  6. Thanks for all of the comments, I appreciate them! Just remember that it's not my fault when your classroom floor is covered with those little white papers that the kids have to peel off the band-aids =)
    Donna

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  7. This is great! Thanks for sharing. Have you seen the 72 inch door-sized mural of a palm tree at Dollar Tree? I'm using it on my door with magnetic letters so they can race the letters up and down the tree. Thanks again!

    Color Me Happy in Kindergarten

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  8. Thank you so much for this. I was able to print two on a page and it's going to make the most darling little book. I can't wait to show them!

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  9. Thank you very much for sharing! I love it:)
    ~Carole
    kindercarole

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