In the last month of the 2014 – 2015 Virtual Book Club for Kids we’re focusing on books by Bill Martin Jr and of the three titles – [affiliate links] Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 we have chosen Chicka Chicka 123 to focus on as we busy learning some of our times tables and wanting to focus on the 2 and 5 times tables.
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With the activity in mind we set about creating some trees – when asked whether J and T wanted an apple tree or a coconut tree – they said they wanted a coconut tree because even though they like Chicak Chicka 123 book they both prefer the tree from the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book – however, you could easily swap out our coconuts for apples to make the tree fit the book.
Brown, Green and Beige cardstock
- To recall and use multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10x tables
To create your trees – if you want an apple tree then use a red card instead of beige and change the shape of the tree to match the shape of a simplified apple tree.
Start off with the brown card stock and cut a tree trunk shape from the card and glue this to the white paper.
Using the green card cut your foliage shape – we did palm tree fronds for an apple tree you can easily do a fluffy cloud shape as we did with our apple counting last autumn.
On the beige card, I drew some oval shapes to represent our coconuts – but you could do the red apple shapes.
Copy this as you will need at least 2 trees to sort the numbers onto the respective tree.
Chicka Chicka Multiplication Trees
Lay out the coconuts/apples at the bottom of the trees – we worked no the 2 and the 5 times tables and I explained that J needed to sort the coconuts/apples onto the correct trees.
When I did the numbers I did some that were only on the 5x table and some only on the 2x table. But I did a selection of numbers that appeared on both.
The numbers unique to each of the multiplication tables were easy to place.
Once those numbers were on – J picked up the remaining numbers and sat and contemplated which tree to put them on.
As there were 4 of them he decided it would be “fair” to have 2 on the 5 tree and 2 on the 2 tree.
Adaption for younger children
With my youngest T instead of focusing on multiplication tables, I used the same numbers and we sorted them into those that are even and those that are odd putting them onto the trees.
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