Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Order in the Room!
Students will be able to identify lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Introduction (10 minutes)
Prior to beginning the lesson, make die cut lowercase letters and glue them to squares of construction paper. You can also write different letters on index cards. It's important that there is one card for each student. If your class has less than 26 people, combine multiple letters on to a sheet of construction paper. The letters that are combined should be in alphabetical order. For example, x, y, z could be on the same sheet of paper.
- Tell your class that they will play a game that will help them review letters of the alphabet.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Show the students the front cover of the book.
- Help students identify parts of the book such as the front cover, back cover, title, and title page.
- Ask students some questions about the story, based on these story elements. Great questions include: What is this story about? Why do you think the title is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom?
- Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom aloud to your class, pointing to the letters as they are read.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Once the reading is over, remind students that in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, the letters went up the coconut tree in order.
- Ask your class: What happened to the letters when they fell down? After some discussion, remind your students that the letters were all mixed up on the ground. Show students the image that shows the letters on the ground.
- Tell students they are going to pretend to be the letters from the coconut tree and they have to try to put themselves in order.
- Explain that they will each be given a letter and as the story is re-read, they must line up in order.
- Take the card with the letter a on it, and line up. Ask your class: Which letter comes next? Once someone has correctly answered, give that student the letter b card, and have your volunteer line up next to you.
- Repeat this process with the letter c card.
- Give each student a letter card (or sheet of construction paper with multiple cards on it, depending on the size of your class).
- Reread the story slowly and have your students line up in order.
- Assist your class as needed.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Select one student to act as the reader of the story. This student will act as the teacher, allowing the other students to line up in ABC order.
Enrichment: Challenge advanced students to go on a "letter hunt" around the classroom, looking for examples of the letter on the card they received. Ask these students to look for items that begin with their letter as well. Support: For students who struggle in identifying letters, help them complete the Lowercase Rainbow Letters worksheet in a small group of no more than four students.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- During the activity, write down which students were able to put themselves in order without prompting.
- Take note of the students who were able to put themselves in order with few prompts and many prompts.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Collect the letters and have students sit down.
- Ask students what they did after listening to the story.
- Discuss learning the alphabet with your class. Great questions include: Why it is important to learn your letters? What is the difference between uppercase letters and lowercase letters?