Is there anything more iconic than a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom week in Kindergarten? This is one of my favorite weeks of all time because it gets my students so excited to learn!
These chicka chicka boom boom activities will help make your week memorable!
Reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Of course, we have to READ Chicka Chicka Boom Boom this week! This is our interactive read aloud for the week (it’s week two of the Empowering Little Readers Kindergarten Reading Curriculum).
What is an interactive read aloud? This means that, instead of just reading the story for fun, students are digging deeper into the text. Students are talking about the text and using it to examine a specific skill.
Every day, we will read the story and then complete Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities focusing on a different comprehension skill.
Two of the skills students will work on this week is inferring and identifying their favorite part of the story. Students will infer, “What will happen when the letter a climbs back up the coconut tree?”
Since our students are not quite ready to write yet, they can illustrate their answers.
Retelling and Sequencing
This story is perfect for teaching sequencing and retelling! After we practice putting the story in order whole group, students get to make this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom craft. This is one of our all time favorite Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities!
Debi from Sunshine and Rainbows in Teaching did these Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities with her class and their retelling crafts turned out so cute!
This Chicka Chicka Boom Boom craft and the activities are included in Empowering Little Readers Kindergarten August.
Letters vs Numbers
The week before this, students were introduced to what a character was. In Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, the characters are letters!
This is the perfect opportunity to practice identifying letters vs numbers. We complete a sort whole group, and then students get to sort letters vs numbers on their own.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Vocabulary
Building vocabulary and background knowledge is so important for comprehension. That’s why we focus on four new vocabulary words each week.
These vocabulary words are all found in the interactive read aloud for the week, which helps students make a connection and hear these words in context.
Students will define and illustrate two vocabulary words each day.
They will also match the vocabulary words to pictures and color pictures according to a code.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Directed Drawing
Another one of our favorite Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities is a directed drawing. I love to do one directed drawing each week, because it helps build so many skills including:
- Listening and following directions
- Fine motor skills
This week, students get to complete the coconut tree directed drawing! This is a fun activity for winding down on a Friday (and if you know Fridays at the beginning of Kindergarten… it’s necessary!)
Chicka Chicka Name Activities
This is our second full week of Kindergarten and we are trying to get in all the name practice activities we can! These Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities are perfect for combining our theme and making that name practice just a little more fun.
First, we make these Chicka Chicka Boom Boom hats! Students LOVE making their hat look like a coconut tree and then personalizing it with their name.
This pack of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom name activities includes a variety of no prep name practice worksheets that we can complete all week.
The best part is that they are auto-fill! Just type in your class list once and all of the name worksheets will automatically populate for you!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Poem
Every week in Kindergarten, we have a poem for shared reading that is related to our interactive read aloud. This Chicka Chicka Boom Boom poem is included in Empowering Little Readers Kindergarten August.
We will read the shared reading poem for fluency every day.
Students will also get a paper emergent reader of the poem to practice with. This will stay in their book box for the week, and then go home to read with families.
At the end of the week, a paper copy of the poem will go in their poetry notebooks. Students can practice visualizing the poem and draw what they visualize in their notebook.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Centers
Whenever possible, I like to match our math and literacy centers to our theme for the week. This just helps make our centers a little more engaging and creates buy in.
Creating a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom sensory bin is easy! The coconut letters are from my Back to School Sensory Bin pack.
Beyond that, just add in magnetic letters, a toilet paper roll, and green popsicle sticks! Your sensory bin will instantly get an upgrade with this STEM activity – students can make a coconut tree that will hold all of the magnetic letters.
FREE Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Centers
These FREE chicka chicka boom boom themed centers are so much fun! Free centers included:
Students can count out popsicle sticks to make the palm leaves and match the number on the tree trunk.
They can also make the numbers on the ten frames.
For literacy centers, students can make the letters on the beach using playdough.
They can also clip the matching letters.
Grab your FREE Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed centers here!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Week
Are you ready for a week your students will never forget? I’ve already planned all of your Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities out for you!
Experience a week of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom literacy fun with the interactive read aloud lessons in Empowering Little Readers August.
Upgrade your name practice activities with the chicka chicka name hat and printables in the name activities pack.
Create a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom sensory bin your students will never forget with the Back to School Sensory Bin pack.
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