We are all done with our digraphs and finished off with a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! I love the story, especially the CD narrated by Ray Charles. After learning the ch sound, we read the story and created our own chicka chicka trees. Since we are also learning addition, mental math, and writing our last names without a model, we combined all those concepts into our trees.
Using foam letters, each child spelled out their last name, counted out the letters in their last name, and had to put some on the ground and some on the tree. Each child orally repeated how the number of letters on the ground plus the number on the tree got them the sum or total of letters in their last name. Some children have long long names and did a great job!
I forgot where I got the template for the tree and writing, but as soon as I figure it out I WILL post a link. The picture is distant on purpose since it has last names on it.