A List Maker's Life: Teach Me Tuesday

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Teach Me Tuesday

We are working on letter identification with Anne Hope.
Before now she called every letter an A or a G - her two favorites.

Learning Objectives:
The kids will recognize and say the names of all 26 letters of the alphabet.

~Alphabet "Coconuts" - see creation details below
~Chicka Chicka Boom Boom game boards - again, see details below
~Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book

1. Read the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. to your child/children
2. Shuffle all of the coconuts in a pile and place in the middle of the playing field
3. Give each child a game board
4. Taking turns, have the children draw a coconut from the pile and say the letter name
5. If they correctly ID the letter, have the child put it in their coconut tree
6. If they incorrectly ID the letter, put the coconut back in the draw pile
7. Every time a child draws a "Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom" coconut all of their letters must fall from the tree
8. When all of the coconuts have been drawn the person with the most coconuts still hanging in their tree is the winner!

These coconuts were made using Stampin' Ups 2" scallop punch. I created these with inspiration from Heidi's Monthly Craft Challenge. I used Creative Memories letter stickers. You can use any circle shape maker to create your own coconuts. You will need 33 coconuts (26 letters & 7 Chicka Chickas).

I created the game boards on photo paper using the Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus software. If you are just interested in the game board I would be happy to send you my digital file so you can print it on your local printer - leave me a comment or send an email request.



  1. Those coconut trees are SO CUTE!!! What a great way to practice letters and in making it so fun!

  2. Your game is too sweet, I like how the scalloped punches give it that extra bit of cute. Not necessary but it makes it so much more fun!

  3. Hi katie! I love your blog..i just added you as a link to my meme list...hope to participate on this one soon... any requirements???

  4. I love this activity. That book is one of Leah's favorites. I can't wait to try it with Elizabeth and I just might need to get a cute scallop punch at the Stamp Camp!

  5. My girls love this book! What a great idea! Thanks.

  6. How did I miss this one? What a great idea and I agree that the scalloped punch just makes the game look more cute and finished. Feel free to link this idea up to the Craft Challenge even if you already did the magnets. It's too cute not to share!

  7. I was trying to get my daughter to be the Chicka Chicka tree for "Dress as a story book character day" at school. I was going to have her wear brown sweat pants and a green sweatshirt. I was going to make leaves and numbers (or letters depending on the book) with my cricut and decoupage them to give them some substance. Instead, she wanted to be Fancy Nancy. Long gone are the days of dressing my daughter as a tree!

    I just found your blog while looking for Easter decorations. I love your Easter sock bunny! Great idea!! This is a blog I'll be returning to. I love that you put a teacher spin on your life with your kids. I was a teacher and am always looking for good ways to engage her.


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