This week we celebrate Chicka Chicka Boom Boom all week long. This is such a fun book to introduce letters and the alphabet to my students. We read the book each day. Monday I read it to the kids. Tuesday through Friday we start learning how to echo read. I love using echo reading in my class because I believe it helps build their fluency and expression and helps build stronger readers overall. I use the "my turn" "your turn" model to remind the students that I read then they read. And by Friday they are reading the book almost entirely on their own. Isn't progress great!
I also use an interactive chart in my class during this week which we love. I got the idea from Hubbard's Cupboard and have used it every with huge success. I created the chart my first year in kindergarten with the words and palm tree, just like the picture. There is a slit in the chart for sentence strips to slide through. I use sentence strips with uppercase and lowercase letters. And we also do our names. The kids go crazy to read their names in the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom poem! Come on, even as adults we love seeing our names included in places. OK, at least I do. I won't lie.
If you've read any of my posts (or if you can through the rambling body odor discussions) you know I LOVE to do art with my kids. I usually do at least 3 projects a week! Yes, that's a lot of stress and work but the results are so worth it. The projects are usually tied to books we've read or the theme we're using for the week. But sometimes it's fun. This week we did two great projects for CCBB!
And finally on Friday we make a CCBB snack! We always end our week together with a snack or cooking! We used graham crackers, green apple slices and Whoppers candy to make our tree. During the fun, one of my little monster said, "You guys, it's our first "whop" party!" I love my job. Our first whop party was a success as was our week together!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Will there be enough room? Here comes the end of the post!