Chica Chica Boom Boom
Author(s) Tanya Nelson
Grade Level: K-3rd
Integrated disciplines: Language Arts and Technology
0001.1.6 Read high frequency words (e.g., the, and, can,
color words, number words).
0001.1.9 Alphabetical-Arrange words in alphabetical order.
0001.1.10 Vocabulary-Build vocabulary by reading,
listening to, and discussing a variety of literature.
0001.1.11 Phoneme - Maintain phonemic awareness.
• Understand that a phoneme is one distinct sound.
Students will be able to:
Play the Boom Boom game and identify the correct vowels and
Identify a constant by proper labeling each letter
Identify a vowel by proper labeling each letter
Identify sight words by reading them aloud.
Recognize simple sight words by acknowledging there
existence in books and the environment.
Spell simple sight words out loud to others.
The teacher will assess students’ ability to identify
consonants, vowels, sight words and their ability to spell
sight words by observing them play Boom Boom. Assessing
the children in a friendly game of Boom Boom makes you
aware of who knows their sight words, and seeing which
students can identify and spell them without assistance.
This game is a fun way to assess if children know their
vowels and consonants are and understanding that every word
is to have a vowel.
The book Chica Chica Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
The homemade game board with the pieces
Homemade Boom Boom “missing letter game” on computer
The teacher wants them to learn and know the sight words so
they can move on to reading and writing. The teacher will
be reading the book Chica Chica Boom Boom by Bill Martin
Jr. to the children. This is a cute energetic book
learning the ABC’s. Then the students will sit down and
play the game. The point to the game is whoever makes a
word first by taking turns moving their pieces around the
The teacher will read the book to the children for more
exposure to the alphabet letters.
The teacher will assists the children in the game by
helping them move their pieces the right amount of spaces.
After moving their pieces the correct amount of spaces,
they should land on a colored square, which represents
After choosing a letter, the teacher can prompt the
children to spell a site word of his/her choice or the
teacher could have the students choose their own site word
to spell out.
Should have prior knowledge of their ABC’s and numbers.
Will listen and interact with the book being read to them.
Play the game with their peers by following the directions
and asking any questions if they need help.
Provision for special needs:
For the child who have problems with sight words, start
them out with 2 letter words like it, an, and of. If the
student doesn’t know their alphabet, start with an alphabet
recognition game to help the child learn the ABC’s.
Have the child who knows all the sight words go to assist
others in the class who are having problems or have them do
more advanced site words.
I hope this encourages the children to want to learn the
sight words so they can advance from the three letter sight
words to the four and five letter words. The teacher can
instill these words into their long term memory by exposing
the words in their classroom environment. The teacher can
also leave out simple little books for the students to read
and test their own skills on what they know.
Chica Chica Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
I felt this was a cute idea to do with children because
they love to play games and not know they are learning.
Even though the students need prior knowledge to play the
Boom Boom game, students who need more help can go to the
computer and play the “missing letter game” for extra help
with their skills they need to develop.