Monday, September 5, 2011

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Kids Get Crafty

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Anna’s homework book for the first week was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault – one of her favorites when she was younger. You might find it strange, but I had no idea there is a song for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom until I found this animated movie on YouTube. Then I also found out an original song version, so I learned a lot more about Chicka Chicka than I knew before :). Anna’s homework questions were mostly about identifying rhymes and making up her own rhymes for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. She is also supposed to illustrate the story in her book journal. Sep3_CoconutTree

While looking on YouTube for coconut-related video I stumbled on a short and simple video tutorial on how to draw a coconut tree. Both of us watched it together and then got our pencils and crayons. Anna' was pretty proud with her coconut picture – she decided to add a “coconut picker” and a pond. I think her picture is definitely more involved than mine :)

Sep3_CoconutTreeANI guess you can guess which is which :)

Sep3_PalmTree We also discussed where the coconuts grow. Anna correctly stated that they grow “in hot places, maybe in India”, but she also remembered that she has a favorite climbing palm tree in the neighborhood, and she didn’t climb it in a while, so we got dressed and headed out to hug a real palm tree. It was much more interesting for her than any printables from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom pages on Making Learning Fun, but perhaps kids who love printables might enjoy them with the book.

14 comments:

MaryAnne said...

What a nice activity, to visit your local palm tree! I miss the palm trees of California!

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

We used to love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! I did not realize that there is a song, either. Very nice drawings :)

Debbie said...

I love Anna's picture. I didn't realize there was a song to this book. Then again Selena never liked this book, so I guess I never would have thought much about it.

Ticia said...

I did t know about the song. I love that book

Kim said...

Great lesson. I love her palm tree! She may not like to write but she sure can draw! (Love yours too!)

Kylie said...

She did really well, fabulous palm tree!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Do I dare admit we've never read that book? At least I don't remember reading it. I've seen it online enough - and meant to read it with the children. But, I thought it was a toddler book, and we were too old.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Kiddo was leaning over my shoulder when I read this and said, "I want to do a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Craft."

Thanks for linking up!

Christy said...

It has been a long time since we last read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I love your extension activities.

hey said...

I actually went to a week long training hosted by Bill Martin Jr. He read aloud many of his books. He had such a way with rhyme and rhythm. Loved hearing him read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in person.

I often put books to songs. I just make them up myself! The kiddos love it. :)
jeannine
http://waddleeahchaa.com/

Kelly said...

I didn't know there was a song either. Love her picture.

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JDaniel4's Mom said...

Both trees look wonderful. I love the person by the second tree.

Kiddothings said...

Lots of coconut trees where I live - Malaysia; hot tropical weather over here!
That's a beautiful drawing by your daughter. :)

Theresa A said...

I love the Palm Tree Pictures and that you went and observed an actual palm tree as part of the lesson! I just pinned this to my Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Board.
: 0 ) Theresa (Capri + 3)