Make a M Mask


Associate the uppercase letter M (and lowercase letter m) with the /m/ sound (e.g., monster, mirror, mask).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • make
  • monster
  • marshmallow
  • macaroni
  • mirror


  • Objects that start with M (e.g., macaroni, mini marshmallows, M&Ms, moss, mud, muck)
  • Monster mask—printed on cardstock or glued on a paper plate with eye cutouts
  • Picture cards
  • Popsicle stick to attach to mask (optional)
  • Glue (add brown or green food coloring to look like mud or muck)
  • Markers
  • Mirror (optional)
  • Monster Mash song by Bobby “Boris” Pickett (optional)
  • Music player if parading and dancing to Monster Mash (Teach children to sing along as they “Do the mash! Do the Monster Mash!”)
  • Writing practice page
  • A Halloween Mask for Monster by Virginia Mueller (optional)
Read A Halloween Mask for Monster (optional). Tell the children they will make a monster mask as they practice saying the /m/ sound in words such as monster, make, and mark.
Literacy Activities

Make a Monster Mask

  • Show the children picture cards of objects that begin with M, identifying the /m/ sound at the beginning of each word.
  • Distribute pre-cut monster mask templates, and encourage the children to make their masks by gluing objects that start with M on the mask (optional) or have them use picture cards of objects.
  • Make a list of all of the objects or picture cards on the mask. Emphasize that all of the items on the list begin with the letter M which makes the /m/ sound.
  • Allow the children to model their monster masks and look in the mirror (optional).

Monster Mask Parade (optional)

  • Have the children put their masks on and stand in a line around the room.
  • Play the song Monster Mash and have the children dance like monsters while walking in a line around the room.

More Practice (choose from the following)
Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the letter M (and lowercase m), at the top of the writing practice page.
  • Have the children draw a picture in the space under the letter of something that begins with the /m/ sound.


SEEL At Home

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Read and write the letter M (and lowercase m) and associate it with the /m/ sound: mug, moss, moons.


  • Monster mask graphic and picture cards
  • Objects beginning with the letter M (optional)
  • Scissors 
  • Tape or glue
  • Craft stick (optional)

Activity: Monster Masks

  • Help your child make a monster mask for Mom.
  • Cut eye circles out of the monster mask.
  • Decorate the mask with items or pictures of things beginning with the letter M (e.g., mini marshmallows, macaroni, moss, mud, mustard, moons).
  • Emphasize that all of the items on the mask begin with the letter M which makes the /m/ sound.
  • Have your child use a marker to write the letter M several times on the mask.
  • Attach a craft stick to the mask (optional).
  • As you work together, use words and phrases beginning with the /m/ sound (e.g.; Will you add moons or macaroni to your monster mask? Can we stick millions of mini marshmallows to the mask?).
  • Try the mask on, and look in the mirror.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.Picture Cards

Monster Mask


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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.