Make a Mess
Associate the lowercase letter m (and uppercase M) with the /m/ sound (e.g., mess, make, moose).
- Letter cards (see below)
- Small empty trash can
- Thick paper for a messy mat
- Macaroni, glue, and paper cups
- Picture cards or objects (see below)
- Mop (made with yarn taped to the end of a pencil)
- Make Mouse a Muffin text (see below)
- Millie the Mouse graphic (see below)
- Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley (Blue Sky Press, 1997) (optional)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will make a mess as they practice writing the letter M (and lowercase m) and saying the /m/ sound in words such as mat, mix, and moose. Read Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley (optional).
Practice the skill within an activity
March to find the letter M in a mess
- Place M and m letter cards (see below) around the classroom.
- Instruct the children to find the letter M.
- Have the children chant, “/m/ - /m/ - /m/” as they march around the classroom.
- Have the children say, “M makes the /m/ sound” when they find an M.
Make a mess
- Tell the children to put the pictures (or objects) that start with M on a messy mat and the pictures that do not start with M in a trash can.
- Name each picture or object that starts with the letter M and comment that the letter M makes the /m/ sound.
- Have the children take turns selecting a picture (see below) or object that starts with M to mix into a mess.
- Have the children mix, make, mash, and move the mess.
- Use a mop using a mop (made with yarn taped to the end of a pencil) to “mop up the mess.”
Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Read target words in a text (see below)
- Read the text Make Mouse a Muffin to the children.
- Have the children find and circle the letter M throughout the text, saying the /m/ sound each time they circle the letter M.
Write the target letter
- Give each child a picture of Millie the Mouse (see below).
- Have the children draw pictures of the items that they placed in the mouse mess on the messy mat.
- Have the children label the pictures by writing the letter M next to each object. Support as needed.
Make an M out of Macaroni
- Write the letter M using glue.
- Have the children place macaroni on the glue while producing the /m/ sound.
Magical musical maracas
- Put a small amount of macaroni into a cup and tape the cup to another cup to make maracas.
- Have the children write the letter M on their maracas and hum a song saying the /m/ sound.
SEEL Target Texts
Make Mouse a Muffin
Mix many M’s into the muffin.
Mix macaroni into the muffin.
Mix money into muffin.
Mix a mint into the muffin.
Mash a marshmallow into the muffin.
Microwave the muffin for a minute.
Mouse might munch the muffin!
SEEL At Home
Associate the letter M (and lowercase m) with the /m/ sound (e.g., mess, map, moon).
- Millie Mouse graphic and pictures of items starting with M (see below)
- Mat (made out of a piece of paper)
- Mop (made out of a pencil and yarn)
Activity: Mouse Mess
- Hide pictures of items that start with M (see below) around the room.
- Take turns searching for pictures that start with M while holding the Millie the Mouse graphic (see below).
- Name each picture and comment that it starts with the letter M which makes the /m/ sound.
- Have Millie Mouse make a mess on the mat by mixing the pictures that start with M onto the mat.
- Pretend to clean up the mess by using a mop (made out of a pencil with yarn attached).
- Repeat the activity using objects around the house that begin with the /m/ sound.
- Help your child make a list of items from the messy mat that start with the letter M. Read the list together and have your child circle the M in each word.
- The activity can be repeated several times.
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.
Make a Mess