First, I found this great Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity tree from Lakeshore Learning.
Along with the tree and velcro alphabet is a small sheet that describes how to use the tree. I plan to read the book to the students first and then give each student a letter or two. When I read the book a second time, I will have the student with the correct letter come up, say the correct sound ("aeh" for "a"), and place their letter on the tree.
I loved the ABC BINGO idea so much that I created my own version! I will give this to you as a free download. There are 12 different colors/layouts in the download so that you can choose what you want to use with your students!
Next, I created an apple ABC activity that you can use with a large group or with individual students.
The instructions are included in the free download.
If you're using the activity independently or with a small group, you would give each student their own tree with their own apple letters. They can cut out the apples (work on those fine motor skills) and glue each apple to the tree in the correct abc order.
As a group, you could cut the apples out ahead of time, and have one big laminated tree. Put a piece of tape or some tacky on the back of each apple, and give each child an apple or two. When you read a letter in the book, the child with that letter would come up to the tree, say the sound in isolation and use it in a word, and would stick their apple on the tree. This is a similar to the idea above, but this means that you don't have to buy your own big velcro tree.
I've also been perusing Pinterest (of course), and I found some great activities that fit the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom unit!
There are tons of great ideas from Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten blog. She has her students making little tree hats, using worksheets, making paper roll trees with the alphabet, etc. Check out her ideas. They are great!
Pixie Chicks also has some Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ideas as well as a mini unit on the site (it is not free to download).
One idea I really like, and I may do this activity as well, is to use a toilet paper roll to create a tree for each student and then have each student use foam letters to glue their name on their tree. This would be a great activity to hang from the ceiling and use during Back to School night or Open House (whenever you have that). Check out the example below:
I copied that picture from Pixie Chicks.
You can also check out other Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ideas that I have pinned on my Pinterest: Click Here
Download your freebies here:
ABC BINGO Uppercase
ABC BINGO Lowercase
Apple and Tree ABC Activity
I have more to come! I've been creating some alphabet matching activities and some roll and cover activities. I also am planning on writing a post dedicated to Back to School night. :)