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Shared Reading

  • Before Reading:
    • Recite the alphabet. sdf asd
    • Using alphabet magnets, put the alphabet in order from A to Z. Remove some of the magnets so that some of the letters are missing. Ask the children to guess which letters are missing.
    • Ask the children to look at the cover and tell you what they see (tree, coconuts, colors, etc.).
  • During Reading:
    • Read the title, author, and illustrator. Explain that this book has two authors that wrote the story together and one illustrator who made the pictures.
    • sdfad fsdf sd fMake a prediction about what might happen after the letters are all in the tree.
  • Rereading:
    • Count the letters at the front of the book. Explain to the children that there are 26 letters in the English language and that they can be written two ways - uppercase and lowercase.
    • Ask the children to name the colors of each letter.
    • Identify the rhyming words/letters.
    • Listen to the story using a tape or video (available from Scholastic).
    • Retell the story using props. See Literacy Activities below

Literacy Activities

  • Chicka Chicka Alphabet PowerPoint Game: I made this PowerPoint presentation to practice letter recognition with my students. The presentation contains all 52 letters, uppercase and lowercase. I hook my laptop up to my computer and we recite the letters we see each morning. I use this presentation each morning as extra reinforcement and practice. To download the presentation, click below.
  • Alphabet Tree Overhead Lesson: This lesson plan comes from Scholastic. To download the printable lesson plan and blackline master, click below.
  • Making a Coconut Tree out of Paper: Use a story prop to retell the story. You will need a coconut tree and letters. The kids love to retell the story over and over again. The first prop I ever used in my room, I made out of bulletin board paper. I laminated the pieces, added velcro, and stapled it to the wall. I used Print Shop to find some photos of coconuts, printed them added them to the tree. Next, I found a blackline master of alphabet flashcards, copied, laminated, and added velcro to them. we used the tree during our shared reading time and as a center.
  • Monkeying Around Game: I found this game at a Lakeshore store for about $12. The object of the game is to spin the wheel and see how many monkeys you need to add to the tree. Add your monkeys and try not to make the tree fall down. The tree top is attached with a magnet and when off balance will fall and make the mokeys go crashing. Great for fine motor and critical thinking skills! :o)

Shared Reading

  • Before Reading:
    • Recite the alphabet.
    • Using alphabet magnets, put the alphabet in order from A to Z. Remove some of the magnets so that some of the letters are missing. Ask the children to guess which letters are missing.
    • Ask the children to look at the cover and tell you what they see (tree, coconuts, colors, etc.).
  • During Reading:
    • Read the title, author, and illustrator. Explain that this book has two authors that wrote the story together and one illustrator who made the pictures.
    • Make a prediction about what might happen after the letters are all in the tree.
  • Rereading:
    • Count the letters at the front of the book. Explain to the children that there are 26 letters in the English language and that they can be written two ways - uppercase and lowercase.
    • Ask the children to name the colors of each letter.
    • Identify the rhyming words/letters.
    • Listen to the story using a tape or video (available from Scholastic).
    • Retell the story using props. See Literacy Activities below

Literacy Activities

  • Chicka Chicka Alphabet PowerPoint Game: I made this PowerPoint presentation to practice letter recognition with my students. The presentation contains all 52 letters, uppercase and lowercase. I hook my laptop up to my computer and we recite the letters we see each morning. I use this presentation each morning as extra reinforcement and practice. To download the presentation, click below.
  • Alphabet Tree Overhead Lesson: This lesson plan comes from Scholastic. To download the printable lesson plan and blackline master, click below.
  • Making a Coconut Tree out of Paper: Use a story prop to retell the story. You will need a coconut tree and letters. The kids love to retell the story over and over again. The first prop I ever used in my room, I made out of bulletin board paper. I laminated the pieces, added velcro, and stapled it to the wall. I used Print Shop to find some photos of coconuts, printed them added them to the tree. Next, I found a blackline master of alphabet flashcards, copied, laminated, and added velcro to them. we used the tree during our shared reading time and as a center.
  • Monkeying Around Game: I found this game at a Lakeshore store for about $12. The object of the game is to spin the wheel and see how many monkeys you need to add to the tree. Add your monkeys and try not to make the tree fall down. The tree top is attached with a magnet and when off balance will fall and make the mokeys go crashing. Great for fine motor and critical thinking skills! :o)

Shared Reading

  • Before Reading:
    • Recite the alphabet.
    • Using alphabet magnets, put the alphabet in order from A to Z. Remove some of the magnets so that some of the letters are missing. Ask the children to guess which letters are missing.
    • Ask the children to look at the cover and tell you what they see (tree, coconuts, colors, etc.).
  • During Reading:
    • Read the title, author, and illustrator. Explain that this book has two authors that wrote the story together and one illustrator who made the pictures.
    • Make a prediction about what might happen after the letters are all in the tree.
  • Rereading:
    • Count the letters at the front of the book. Explain to the children that there are 26 letters in the English language and that they can be written two ways - uppercase and lowercase.
    • Ask the children to name the colors of each letter.
    • Identify the rhyming words/letters.
    • Listen to the story using a tape or video (available from Scholastic).
    • Retell the story using props. See Literacy Activities below

Literacy Activities

  • Chicka Chicka Alphabet PowerPoint Game: I made this PowerPoint presentation to practice letter recognition with my students. The presentation contains all 52 letters, uppercase and lowercase. I hook my laptop up to my computer and we recite the letters we see each morning. I use this presentation each morning as extra reinforcement and practice. To download the presentation, click below.
  • Alphabet Tree Overhead Lesson: This lesson plan comes from Scholastic. To download the printable lesson plan and blackline master, click below.
  • Making a Coconut Tree out of Paper: Use a story prop to retell the story. You will need a coconut tree and letters. The kids love to retell the story over and over again. The first prop I ever used in my room, I made out of bulletin board paper. I laminated the pieces, added velcro, and stapled it to the wall. I used Print Shop to find some photos of coconuts, printed them added them to the tree. Next, I found a blackline master of alphabet flashcards, copied, laminated, and added velcro to them. we used the tree during our shared reading time and as a center.
  • Monkeying Around Game: I found this game at a Lakeshore store for about $12. The object of the game is to spin the wheel and see how many monkeys you need to add to the tree. Add your monkeys and try not to make the tree fall down. The tree top is attached with a magnet and when off balance will fall and make the mokeys go crashing. Great for fine motor and critical thinking skills! :o)

Shared Reading

  • Before Reading:
    • Recite the alphabet.
    • Using alphabet magnets, put the alphabet in order from A to Z. Remove some of the magnets so that some of the letters are missing. Ask the children to guess which letters are missing.
    • Ask the children to look at the cover and tell you what they see (tree, coconuts, colors, etc.).
  • During Reading:
    • Read the title, author, and illustrator. Explain that this book has two authors that wrote the story together and one illustrator who made the pictures.
    • Make a prediction about what might happen after the letters are all in the tree.
  • Rereading:
    • Count the letters at the front of the book. Explain to the children that there are 26 letters in the English language and that they can be written two ways - uppercase and lowercase.
    • Ask the children to name the colors of each letter.
    • Identify the rhyming words/letters.
    • Listen to the story using a tape or video (available from Scholastic).
    • Retell the story using props. See Literacy Activities below

Literacy Activities

  • Chicka Chicka Alphabet PowerPoint Game: I made this PowerPoint presentation to practice letter recognition with my students. The presentation contains all 52 letters, uppercase and lowercase. I hook my laptop up to my computer and we recite the letters we see each morning. I use this presentation each morning as extra reinforcement and practice. To download the presentation, click below.
  • Alphabet Tree Overhead Lesson: This lesson plan comes from Scholastic. To download the printable lesson plan and blackline master, click below.
  • Making a Coconut Tree out of Paper: Use a story prop to retell the story. You will need a coconut tree and letters. The kids love to retell the story over and over again. The first prop I ever used in my room, I made out of bulletin board paper. I laminated the pieces, added velcro, and stapled it to the wall. I used Print Shop to find some photos of coconuts, printed them added them to the tree. Next, I found a blackline master of alphabet flashcards, copied, laminated, and added velcro to them. we used the tree during our shared reading time and as a center.
  • Monkeying Around Game: I found this game at a Lakeshore store for about $12. The object of the game is to spin the wheel and see how many monkeys you need to add to the tree. Add your monkeys and try not to make the tree fall down. The tree top is attached with a magnet and when off balance will fall and make the mokeys go crashing. Great for fine motor and critical thinking skills! :o)