Letters, Chants and a Coconut tree


One of our school annual projects is working crosscurricular in our EFL/ ESL classes.

So, these are some of the activities we did at school while reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

We ..
  • made predictions. The kids looked at the cover of the book and told what they think the story would be about.
  • went on a picture walk through the book.  We didn't read the text, just looked at each picture and told what they thought is happening in each picture.
  • cololored the cover of our folder. 
  • learned that C is for coconut, T is for tree. Kids cut and pasted pictures from magazines and sorted them. C /T
  • created a big coconut tree and pasted letters and words
  • graphed our favorite letter of the alphabet
  • used the vocabulary cards to review and practice vocabulary
  • used the necklace to recal the events of the story. 
  • sorted the words by beginning sounds, syllables, short or long words
  • answered some questions using ordinal numbers such as: what's the first letter of the alphabet? what is the fifth? what is the last letter?
  • made letter puppets
  • finished the sentence A is for_______
  • sorted vowel and consonants letters
  • worked with the pronunciation of the letters, encouraging them to group them by sound:
which letters sound like "hay"? (A-H-J-K)
which letters sound like "bee"? (B-C_D-E..etc)
  • looked for words that rhyme with A (bay, hay, rain)
  • found other words that sound like B (bee, tree, see)
  • made individual cards with the letters of the alphabet. Scattered them on the floor and asked students to step next to the letters as you name them aloud.
  • wrote the individual letters of certain known words and scattered them around. Spelled the word(s) for  the children to step next to the individual letters as you do so. Finally asked the children to call out the word spelled.
  • made sentences using the words they found and created rhymes
  • in a blank sheet of paper we drew one picture for each letter in our names. For instance for ANA, I pasted ant, nest, ant. When finished I showed the cards and children had to guess each other's names using their vocabulary knowledge.
  • with older kids we solved tasks such as: make two words that end in the eighteenth letter of the alphabet, make a word that includes the fifth letter of the alphabet.
  • with older kids we answered questions such as: how many different letters are there in the word tyrannosaurus rex? how many different consonants are there in the word hippopotamus?  

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