Saturday, April 28, 2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Here We Come!!!

As I write this post, the TV is on with a Harry Potter movie, Mississippi (my two year-old yellow lab) is curled up on the floor snoring and my fourteen year-old is stretched across my bed... also snoring. The two of them are making wonderful noises. Okay anyway, since it is the count down towards the end of the year my pre-k class will be reviewing alphabet letters with the use of the book Chick Chick Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., and John Archambault. I am a bit adventures because I want all of the students to have their very own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book that they create. On Monday they are going to design their cover using their arm as the tree trunk and their hands turned outward as the palm fronds. Students have the choice to use paint, crayons, and/or markers to color/paint their tree. Then they also have the choice as to which ten letters to use to decorate the cover of their book. I plan on reviewing print concepts such as what is the purpose of the title of the book, what is the author’s and illustrator’s job before the students begin their project.

Then each day the students will create two alphabet pages from now until the end of the year. The students have a choice of either drawing three pictures beginning with the letter, finding everyday objects that begin with the letter and then glue them on the page or cutting out pictures starting with the letter. Since the students will be working in small groups, each group will have all of the supplies gathered by the two letters they will be working with. For example, for the letter C, the supplies would include pictures beginning with the letter C for them to cut out, objects such as cotton balls or corn to glue on their page. The students will also write the letter several times in rainbow colors, and finally write one word starting with that letter.

Below is the alphabet page we are using. There are three pages in the PDF. One page contains the header, What begins with ________ ? and instructions. Simply write the target letter for the alphabet page in the header and in the directions. The second page is the same as the first, but without the header. The third page is the same as the first page but without the header and instructions. Alphabet Book Page Template >>

Stay tuned for updates on the progress of our monumental task. :-)

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