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

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Kindergarten / ECE Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Reggio New Zealand), Reggio 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: Reggio Emilia

– To introduce and explore the central themes of the children’s book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” in a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach.
– To develop children’s understanding of the alphabet, literacy, and phonemic awareness.
– To foster creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.

– “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
– Large alphabet letters (magnetic, foam, or wooden)
– Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue sticks
– Chart paper
– Music player and speakers
– Various objects starting with different letters of the alphabet (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather students in a circle and introduce the book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.”
– Discuss the importance of the alphabet and how it helps us read and write.
– Explain that today, we will explore the book’s central themes and engage in various activities related to the alphabet.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” aloud, using expressive voices and engaging gestures.
– Pause at key moments to ask questions and encourage children to predict what might happen next.
– Discuss the main characters, the coconut tree, and the letters of the alphabet.
– Encourage children to share their thoughts and feelings about the story.

3. Alphabet Exploration (20 minutes):
– Provide each child with a large alphabet letter.
– Invite them to explore the letter’s shape, color, and texture using their senses.
– Encourage children to find objects in the classroom that start with the same letter as their assigned alphabet letter.
– Have students share their findings with the class, emphasizing the sound of the letter.

4. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
– Divide children into small groups and provide each group with construction paper, art supplies, and glue sticks.
– Instruct them to create a collaborative artwork inspired by the book, using the alphabet letters as a central theme.
– Encourage children to incorporate their assigned alphabet letter into their artwork and discuss their choices with their group members.
– Display the finished artworks in the classroom.

5. Alphabet Song and Movement (10 minutes):
– Play the “Alphabet Song” and encourage children to sing along.
– Invite them to stand up and perform simple movements or actions corresponding to each letter of the alphabet.
– Emphasize the sound of each letter as they move and sing.

6. Reflection and Extension (10 minutes):
– Gather students back in a circle and reflect on the activities.
– Ask open-ended questions, such as “What did you learn about the alphabet today?” or “How did you feel when exploring the letters?”
– Discuss how the alphabet is used in their daily lives, such as reading signs, books, or writing their names.
– Provide take-home worksheets or activities related to the alphabet for further exploration at home.

– Observe students’ engagement and participation during the activities.
– Assess their ability to identify and discuss the letters of the alphabet.
– Evaluate their collaborative skills during the group artwork creation.
– Review their understanding of the central themes of “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” through class discussions and reflections.

Curriculum Links:
– Te Whฤriki: Strand 1 – Well-being, Strand 2 – Belonging, Strand 3 – Contribution, Strand 4 – Communication, Strand 5 – Exploration.
– The activities align with the curriculum’s focus on holistic development, social interactions, language and literacy, and exploration of the environment.

Theorist Link:
– Reggio Emilia: The lesson plan incorporates Reggio Emilia-inspired principles by promoting child-led exploration, collaboration, and creativity. It encourages children to engage with the alphabet and literacy through hands-on activities, discussions, and artistic expression. The emphasis on open-ended questions and reflection supports critical thinking and self-expression


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