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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book

There are so many alphabet books available that it is sometimes hard to choose one for the concept you are trying to teach. A great alphabet book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr., and John Archambault. 

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Here are a variety of ways that you can use the story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to teach upper and lower case letter identification and recognition:

paper coconut tree
Make or purchase a coconut tree 
and make large posters of upper and lower case letters. Assign or have students choose one letter of the alphabet per kid. Send home an upper and lower case letter poster and disposable camera.  Ask that one adult family member to hold the upper case letter while the student holds the lower case letter.  Take picture and return camera and letter to school.  After film is developed, display pictures on tree.  This activity and display will help the students identify the upper case letter as "mamas, papas, uncles, aunts" and the lower case letter as the "kid".  An easier alternative would be to have student bring in a picture of an important adult in their family and a picture of themselves.  Pair adult picture and upper case letter with child picture and lower case letter and add to tree.  Trees can be purchased from Carson Dellosa 
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on-going bulletin board
As letters are introduced or mastered in the classroom, add them to an on-going bulletin board.  Each time I introduced a letter, we reread (or sang along with the story--Ray Charles reads it aloud first) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  One student matched the upper and lower case letter; another used descriptive language to tell us where to staple the letter (top left branch; bottom right leaf in the middle, etc.)

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Make headbands:  Glue pre-made coconut trees into center of green headband. Have student choose an upper case letter and matching lower case letter and glue onto headband.  Students can then arrange themselves into alphabetical order (you may have to enlist more children or other adults to complete the alphabet) and act out the story with corresponding motions. venn diagram
Have a discussion about how the upper case and lower case letters look. Do they look the same?  How, why?  How are they different?  Sort the letters in a Venn diagram:  differently shaped upper and lower case in the outside circles; same shaped upper and lower case in the center overlap.
magnetic letter sort

Using magnetic letters, have students sort and match upper and lower case letters.

oaktag letter M with decorations
Give each student a different upper case letter precut from heavy paper.  Have them decorate the letter with corresponding lower case letters (foam, stickers, paper, etc.).
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom construction paper art project
Several choices for this project:  1. students can match colorful circle stickers pre-printed with upper and lower case letters and place onto tree (can be made from torn paper, pre-cut shapes, or painted); 2. upper and lower case letters can be added to tree as student masters identifying each letter; 3. pre-written circle stickers can be sorted, then pasted on each side: upper case on left and lower case on right;
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom letter sort mat
Match letters on a workmat:  individually bag the letter tiles needed for each workmat. Students choose a mat and corresponding bag and match the letter tiles to the printed letters on the mat.  Workmats can be printed from http://thelearningleap.com
just follow the units and themes link at the top to Chicka Chicka.
Available from the Oriental Trading Company

inflatable coconut tree
Available from Lakeshore Learning:

Chicka Chick Boom Boom book and velcro tree
My Parent and Me Handprints:
Paint palms of student and adult.  Print upper case letter on adult print, lower case letter on child's print. Display together.
upper lower case coconuts
Coconut Match:
Make 52 paper coconuts.  Program each coconut with either an upper case or lower case letter. Students can use the coconuts to match the upper case and corresponding lower case letters. The coconuts may also be displayed on a bulletin board in pairs.
coconut tree
Tree Trunk to Tree Top Match:
Cut brown tree trunks and green tree tops.  Program the tops of the trees with an upper case letter and the tree trunks with lower case letters. Students can then make complete trees by matching the correct tree top to tree bottom.  Printables available here:
Another book to read along with this one:

Dr. Seuss ABC Book

Link to printable upper and lower case alphabet cards for use as flash cards or in games such as Concentration and Go Fish:
hand holding flash card


Upper and Lower Case Alphabet Flip Books:
Stack a set of upper case letters (3 inches by 3 inches) one on top of another.  Punch a hole in the top and secure with a ring. Do the same with a set of lower case letters.  Using a piece of oaktag 3 X 6 inches, punch holes in top to correspond with the holes in the letter sets.  Place upper case letter set on left side of oaktag; lower case on right.  Oaktag is secured behind, with the two rings going through the holes in the oaktag.  Students can use flip cards/pages to find the matching upper and lower case letters, then read.

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