Sunday, July 22, 2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!  Will there be enough room?  There is always room in your lesson plans for this book!  It is such a fun book to use when teaching letters.  Kindergarten is not complete without the coconut tree!

I created several games to use when reading this book.  These are perfect games for small groups or parent volunteers.   The games work on letter identification.  I have created a game for capital letters, lowercase letters, and both.  Simply print the game out and it is ready to play!

To play the game shuffle all the cards together and place them on the game board face down.  Students will draw one card at a time.  If the student reads the letter correctly he/she keeps the card.  If a BOOM card is drawn the student skips his/her turn.  The player with the most cards at the end wins the game.

All three of these games can be purchased in my TPTstore.  Be sure to check them out!

Along with these games I also created a FREEBIE to accompany this book.  This Word-Letter-Number sort can be used during whole group, small group or station time.  To prepare this activity simply print out the palm tree pages and cards.  Students will draw a card and decide if it belongs in the word, letter or number coconut tree. 

Chicka chicka boom boom!  Will there be enough room?  I hope you enjoy using these activities!

I used clip art from Scrappin Doodles for these games. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

ABC I Like Me

I created this freebie for the book ABC I Like Me by Nancy Carlson. 

It is great to use for a class book at the beginning of the year.  After reading this story as a class you can write your own book (ABC We Like Us).  You can write the sentences and the students can illustrate the pictures.  There is a page for every letter!  Then it is perfect for the classroom library! 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Owen and Mzee

If you are looking for a book to teach friendship at the beginning of the year look no further!  Owen and Mzee is the perfect book!   It is the true story of an amazing animal friendship.  In this story an orphaned hippo and a 130-year-old giant tortoise become the best of friends.

I enjoy using this book because it is a nonfiction book.  The students love the pictures!  It is a long book for early kindergarten.  So, I would always tell the story in my own words using the pictures.  Later in the year when their attention span is longer I would read the entire book. 

 After reading the story I would put the students into groups of twos to complete a project.  The students would work together to color the following sheet.  Before releasing for the project we would talk about what it looks like and sounds like to be a good friend.  While the students were working I would rotate around.  Once the students were complete we would hang them in the classroom.

This is a great story of friendship!  Kids love animals so it is a great way to begin teaching friendship and cooperation in the classroom.  Enjoy!