Before we learned the song, we took a look at the letters on the board and practiced making them with our rhythm sticks. I had already listed the letters that are possible on the board so that we would just have to practice making them. Here are our letters and what they look like with rhythm sticks.
A, F, H
I, K, L
N, T, V
If you try this song, you will probably want to preface this activity with a disclaimer about not having all of the parts of the letters but the basic shape. Otherwise, you are going to here "but what about the middle line in the A", "we could use the line on the rug", "but I don't have a line in front of me!" It could be earth shattering to a Kindergartner and, yeah, I didn't think about that one the first time through this lesson. :) If they really can't get past it, they can use their arm to make the other part of the letter.
After we practiced our letters, we moved, with our rhythm sticks in park, and made a circle around the rug. Then I asked them to be my echo. This lesson we only focused on the singing portion, next time we will add the spoken part and discuss the contrasting voices. After echoing a few letters and making them in front of us, we went around the circle and each child got to be the leader.
They loved this!!!
We finished our lesson by creating a soundscape to go along with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. This is a great story to practice playing up/down, high/low sounds.