Chicka Chicka find the letters! This is a super simple hands-on activity using a book that I’m guessing can be found in most kindergarten classrooms. The book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault is a favourite with many kids. There is so much you can do with this book! Since letter recognition is such an important skill in kindergarten, it is one you could use many times.
I first read the book to students so that they had an opportunity to see the beautiful pictures and catch the rhythm of the words. I then gave each group a bowl filled with all of the letters of the alphabet. Groups began by working together to put the letters in alphabetical order on their table. I printed the lower case of each of the letters so that students were identifying both the capital and lower case when they sorted.
We then mixed up all of the letters again and then placed them around the bowl. The bowl was set in the middle of the table so that all group members could reach it. I then read the book aloud again to the class. I read slowly and at the mention of each of the letter, students had to find the letter and add it to their table’s bowl. They had to work together and agree on the letter as I read about it and then add it. They really liked the part when all of the letters fall out of the tree!
Students liked the hands-on element of this activity, especially with the familiar book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”. This activity filled the 40 minute period that I had students for. As an extension, I would add a few doubles of the letters into the mix as an extra challenge.