Read Together: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom #2

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MA Standards:

Literature/RL.PK.MA.4: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unfamiliar words in a story or poem read aloud.
Literature/RL.PK.MA.6: With prompting and support, “read” the illustrations in a picture book by describing a character or place depicted, or by telling how a sequence of events unfolds.
Foundational Skills/RF.PK.MA.1: With guidance and support, demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of printed and written text: books, words, letters, and the alphabet.

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Expressive Language: Uses increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.
Literacy Knowledge/Book Appreciation & Knowledge: Asks and answers questions and makes comments about print materials.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 1: Observe and use appropriate ways of interacting in a group (taking turns in talking; listening to peers; waiting until someone is finished; asking questions and waiting for an answer; gaining the floor in appropriate ways).
English Language Arts/Language 2: Participate actively in discussions, listen to the ideas of others, and ask and answer relevant questions.
English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 7: Develop familiarity with the forms of alphabet letters, awareness of print, and letter forms.
English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 10: Engage actively in read-aloud activities by asking questions, offering ideas, predicting or retelling important parts of a story or informational book.
English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 14: Recognize and supply rhythm and rhyme in poetry.

Read Together: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom #2

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Before You Read
Remind children that Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault is an alphabet book about letters racing up a coconut tree.

Talk about the rhythm of the words and how it can be fun to read words that repeat. 

  • Give focus to the reading. Tell children you want them to listen for words that repeat. 
  • Say, Listen for words that I repeat, or words that I say one time right after the other, such as “boom boom” or “chicka chicka.”

As You Read
Invite children to clap to stop you when they hear words that repeat. Pause on the repeating words and have children say the words. 

After You Read
Have children make up their own sets of repeating words.

  • Reread some of the pages and have children insert their sets of repeating words.

Educator Tip: You may need to take time visually describe some unfamiliar words for children. Point to letters that are attached to some of the unfamiliar words in the story, such as the "h" that is "tangled up with i," the l that "is knotted like a tie," the "looped m" and the "twisted o." Use a string or ribbon to demonstrate the words tangled, twisted, looped, and knotted.

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