Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a fun book to use for learning the alphabet. It was a favorite read-aloud for my son. When I moved to kindergarten I was so excited to add this book and activities to our learning! In addition to literacy activities, we turned our week into a learn with our five senses week. We explored coconuts and had a blast doing it!
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We spent a week immersing ourselves in all things coconuts and Chick Chicka Boom Boom activities. This post highlights some of the activities that we did. You can find many of these activities in our Let’s Explore Coconuts Unit below.
Throughout the week of our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom unit we engaged in various alphabet activities. Sensory bins were filled with kinetic sand and letter beads. We used tweezers to grab the letters from the sand and name them. We also had memory games and letter matching activities.
Our main book we focused on was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We worked on retelling the story. Retell cards were used as a whole group for story retell practice. The cards were left up and students also practiced retelling the story with a partner. Finally, they made coconut tree headbands that helped with retelling the story when they got home. The headbands were a big hit!
The last day of our Chicka Chicka Boom week was an immersion day. It was a Friday and I came to school dressed like an alphabet tree. I found some brown overalls and pinned foam alphabet letters all over it. Our school has a die-cut machine, so I was able to cut out letters from foam sheets. Of course, I couldn’t pass up this fun palm tree hat. I also found a blow up palm tree, which made for a fun classroom prop. Throughout the day, we worked on various coconut activities that were super engaging!
Coconut Nonfiction Text
We took this opportunity to learn more about coconuts. We learned coconut vocabulary and read a nonfiction book about coconuts.
Using was senses to explore coconuts was fun for our students because many of them had not seen a coconut in real life. I always pick up a few coconuts from our local grocery store to bring in for investigating. We used our five senses to explore coconuts. An anchor chart was hung up for us to record adjectives as we came up with them.
Using Our Senses to Explore Coconuts
Each station had various sensory and science activities that we recorded in our coconut journals.
One of the stations was all about taste. Before we started I broke open one of the coconuts I had brought into the class. I showed them how you could eat the coconut meat. For time sake, I poured shredded coconut into one of the halves and gave them some flakes to taste. Some students liked the taste, others did not. Of course, we had to collect data.
Alphabet Tree Snack
In addition to tasting real coconut, we also made an alphabet tree snack. Students we given the supplies and directions to make their own treat. They sequenced the steps and were able to take the recipe home to recreate the recipe at home. Many parents thanked me for the recipe because their child couldn’t stop talking about the alphabet treat trees!
If you are interested in any of these activities, be sure to check them out in the Let’s Investigate Coconuts! unit below.
This unit can also be found in my TPT store.
Many of us are familiar with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, but did you know that are a few more books with coconuts in them? Check out these titles.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- A Coconut Named Bob
- A Coconut Kind of Day: Island Poems
- Counting Coconuts
- Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees
There you have it! Our coconut exploration week. You can find similar activities with pumpkins here.