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ABC's and Coconut Trees

In this lesson, students will practice letter recognition with the story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Filled with coconut trees and ABC's, this fun activity is sure to please!
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Students will be able to follow directions and identify letters of the alphabet.

(5 minutes)
  • Show students the cover of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
  • Ask students if they have heard this story before.
  • Ask students if they recognize the picture on the front of the book.
  • Explain that today, the students will be learning about letters.
(10 minutes)
  • Read students the story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
  • Ask students to identify letters throughout the story.
(10 minutes)
  • Draw a coconut tree on the whiteboard.
  • Ask students to name a letter they want to make on or under the coconut tree.
  • Take turns giving students opportunities to make letters for the coconut tree.
(15 minutes)
  • Give each student a toilet paper roll covered in brown toilet paper.
  • Give each student 4 leaf cut-outs and have them place the leaves on the roll, followed by different letter stickers.
  • Ask students to identify the letters they are putting on.
  • Have the class repeat this poem as they put letters on the tree " Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Will there be enough room? Here comes letter ___ Up the coconut tree!"
  • Enrichment: Have advanced students complete the Alphabet Mix Up worksheet.
  • Support: Have struggling students work in pairs.
(10 minutes)
(10 minutes)
  • Have students walk around the room and each identify a letter they see and can recognize.

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