Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Chicka Tree Shapes: FREE Pocket Chart Activity

Bill Martin Jr.'s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a must read for the start of kindergarten, don't you agree?  I realize many preschool programs cover this story nowadays but I still think it is a great book for introducing and/or reviewing the alphabet.  Each year it seems to me that my new bunch of children enjoy the story more and more.  Maybe it is because it is familiar to them.  Maybe it is because they get into the rhythm of the words.  Maybe it is because I allow them to decorate me with alphabet stickers.  Either way this is a must for those first few weeks of K.

 There are SO many amazing ideas out there to go along with this story.  I let my kids sing along to the song during snack time.  Here's the video in case you need it:
I made a easy pocket chart activity for math to use along with the story this year.  It is all about naming 2D shapes and counting each shape's number of sides and corners.  I am going to place the poem/chant into my pocket chart and let my kiddos take turns manipulating the number and shape cards to describe the shape on the displayed Chicka Tree card.  I'm hoping to graduate this into my buddy reading station as well during literacy block.  Click on the image to download it {FREE}.  I'm hoping you can use it in your class too! :)

4 comments:

  1. LOVE the poem you wrote to go along with the activity! Great for the beginning of the year! Thank you for sharing!

    Ashley
    One Sharp Bunch

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  2. I totally agree this book is perfect for the beginning of the year. Thanks so much for the pocket chart freebie! It will make a great addition to my unit.

    ~Laura
    Luv My Kinders

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  3. Love the pocket chart activity. Cute and engaging. Love the sentence frames. One question, is there a tree with the trapezoid in it? Thanks. Lisa

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  4. Love the pocket chart activity. Cute and engaging. Love the sentence frames, too. One question, is there a tree with the trapezoid in it? Thanks. Lisa

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