I’m BACK with year 4 of my lesson plans! This week it is all about Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Such a perfect way to start a year!
Here it is! The beginning of the year! So exciting… and my class has always loved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault.
Such a fun book to read over and over again… The students quickly learn the pattern and chime in!
After I have read it a few times, my students love to watch this video and sing along.
Reading Strategies and Skills
It is not too early for students to start learning strategic thinking. As you might know, our Guiding Readers series has a week-long close reading lesson plan to be used with this book. Each day, students focus in strategically on their reading. I do the reading work (decoding). The students do the thinking work.
Here are some of the pictures that Katie from Little Kinder Warriors shared with me.
Retelling the story
After the students have retold the story as a whole class, they practice retelling the story with a partner. THEN they completed this retelling project.
Problem and Solution in the Story
Students also think about the problem and solution in the story. They discuss problem and solution with their partners and their class. Then they respond in writing. At the beginning of the year, they convey meaning with illustrations.
I found this image on the blog Fun a Day. How fun would it be to make this into a counting activity. Set them up, bowl them down, and count. For 1st grade you might want to write equations.
Students could explore their 5 senses!
Students explore the taste of coconut. A little math bonus!
And this activity never fails to please. This is a perfect opportunity to talk about the scientific method!
Students start by forming a hypothesis. Next they perform the experiment and record their results. You can find this activity and more in our Guiding Readers: Science, Math and More unit. Each activities has been designed to compliment the Guiding Readers text of the week.
Simple Station Activities for Math and Literacy
We spend a lot of time of our names at the beginning of the year. You can find this All About Me Unit HERE.
CUTE! I found this activity on i heart crafty things.
Snacks? Did someone say snacks?
Both of these are equally adorable! This one is from Mom Inspired Life.
And this one is from Food 52.
That is it! If you would like a copy of my detailed lesson plans with MORE activity hyperlinks, you can click HERE.
Have a fantastic week!
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