Lesson Plan on Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Montessori New Zealand)

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Kindergarten / ECE Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Montessori New Zealand), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Alphabet and Literacy through “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Curriculum: New Zealand Te Whฤriki
Theorist: Maria Montessori

– To introduce and reinforce alphabet recognition and literacy skills through the exploration of the children’s book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.”
– To develop fine motor skills through hands-on activities related to the book.
– To encourage creativity and imagination through art and dramatic play.
– To foster social skills and collaboration through group activities.

– “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
– Alphabet flashcards or chart
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue
– Markers or crayons
– Playdough
– Magnetic letters
– Music player


1. Introduction (5 minutes):
– Begin the lesson by gathering the students in a circle and introducing the book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.”
– Explain that the book is about the alphabet and that they will be exploring the letters and their sounds throughout the lesson.
– Connect the lesson to the New Zealand Te Whฤriki curriculum, emphasizing the importance of language and communication skills.

2. Alphabet Exploration (10 minutes):
– Show the students the alphabet flashcards or chart and review the letters and their sounds.
– Encourage the students to participate by repeating the sounds after you.
– Discuss the importance of knowing the alphabet and how it helps us read and write.

3. Read-Aloud (15 minutes):
– Read “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” aloud to the students, using expressive voices and gestures to engage their attention.
– Pause occasionally to ask questions about the story, characters, and alphabet.

4. Art Activity: Coconut Trees (20 minutes):
– Provide each student with a piece of construction paper, scissors, and glue.
– Instruct the students to cut out a tree trunk shape from the construction paper and glue it onto their paper.
– Encourage the students to use their imagination and creativity to decorate their tree with markers or crayons.
– Optional: Provide green construction paper for students to cut out leaves and glue them onto their trees.

5. Fine Motor Skills: Playdough Letters (15 minutes):
– Distribute playdough to each student.
– Demonstrate how to roll the playdough into long ropes and shape them into letters.
– Encourage the students to create as many letters as they can using the playdough.
– Provide assistance and guidance as needed.

6. Dramatic Play: Alphabet Island (15 minutes):
– Set up a designated area as “Alphabet Island” using mats or cushions.
– Place magnetic letters on the floor or a magnetic board.
– Explain to the students that they are explorers on Alphabet Island and their mission is to find and match the magnetic letters.
– Play background music and allow the students to freely explore and match the letters.
– Encourage collaboration and communication among the students.

7. Reflection and Conclusion (5 minutes):
– Gather the students back in the circle and ask them to share their favorite part of the lesson.
– Recap the central themes of the book and the alphabet activities they participated in.
– Emphasize the importance of learning the alphabet and how it connects to reading and writing.

– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing students’ participation, engagement, and understanding of the alphabet and literacy concepts.
– Students’ completed art projects and playdough letters can be used as tangible evidence of their learning and fine motor skills development.

Extension Activities:
– Encourage students to create their own alphabet books, using the letters and characters from “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.”
– Provide additional alphabet-related books and resources for students to explore during independent reading time.
– Incorporate alphabet and literacy activities into daily routines, such as letter of the day/week, word walls, and writing centers.

Note: This lesson plan incorporates Maria Montessori’s principles of hands-on learning, creativity, and collaboration, while aligning with the New Zealand Te Whฤriki curriculum’s focus on language and communication skills


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