Associate the letter M (and lowercase m) with the /m/ sound (e.g., mouse, mittens, munch).
- Sack mouse puppet (with a gallon size baggie taped to the inside of the mouth) (see instructions below)
- Picture cards (see below)
- Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley (1997) (optional)
State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will help a mouse munch on snacks and they will practice saying the /m/ sound in words that start with letter M: mittens, monkey, mouse.
Practice the skill within an activity
Help the Munching Mouse to munch
- Read Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley (optional) and have the children listen for words in the story that start with the /m/ sound.
- Assemble the Munching Mouse puppet (see instructions below).
- Show the children pictures of objects that begin with M (see below) or labeled objects, emphasizing the /m/ sound at the beginning of each word.
- Invite the children to pretend to feed the mouse puppet using the picture cards.
- Review the items the children fed to the mouse by removing the picture cards one at a time from the plastic bag and saying, for example, “Mmmm! Munching Mouse liked the macaroni!”
- Have the children circle the letter M in the word on each picture card and ask them to say the /m/ sound each time they circle a letter.
Apply the skill
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the letter M (and lowercase m) on small pieces of paper.
- Let the children feed the letter cards to the munching mouse, saying the /m/ sound each time they feed the letter M to the mouse.
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- Write the words mop, mug, man, and met on the board.
- Have the children identify the beginning and rhyme ending sounds of each word by tapping their shoulder (beginning) and end (fingers) (e.g. mop = /m/ tap shoulder and /op/ tap fingers).
- mop = /m/ + /op/
- mug = /m/ + /ug/
- man = /m/ + /an/
- met = /m/ + /et/
- Point out that all of the words have the /m/ sound at the beginning of the word and start with the letter M.
SEEL At Home
Associate the letter M (and lowercase m) with the /m/ sound (e.g., mouse, money, monkey).
- Mouse graphic and picture cards (see below)
Activity: Munching Mouse
- Cut out the picture cards and the mouth of the mouse graphic (see below).
- Have your child circle the letter M in the word on each picture card (see below) and ask him/her to say the /m/ sound while circling each letter.
- Invite your child to pretend to feed the mouse picture (see below) using the picture cards.
- Help your child write the letter M (and lowercase m) on small pieces of paper.
- Let your child feed the letter cards to the munching mouse, saying the /m/ sound each time he/she feeds the letter M to the mouse.
- 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.