Munching Mouse

Objective

Associate the letter M (and lowercase m) with the /m/ sound as in mouse, mittens, munch.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • mouse
  • munch
  • monkey
  • moon
  • motorcycle
  • money
  • mittens

Materials:

  • Sack mouse puppet
  • Sandwich-sized baggie
  • Picture cards
  • Book: Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley (1997) (optional)

Overview
The children will help a mouse munch on /m/ snacks and say the sound /m/ when they see the letter M in words such as mittens, monkey, mess, and mouse.

Literacy Activities
Help the Munching Mouse to munch

  • Assemble the Munching Mouse puppet as shown in the instructions below.
  • Read Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley (optional) and have the children listen for words in the story that start with the /m/ sound.
  • Show the children the picture cards and help them identify the pictures, emphasizing the /m/ sound at the start 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 sentences like, “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.

More Practice
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 ending sounds of each word.
  • Invite the children to tap their shoulder for the beginning sound and their fingers for the ending sound.
    • 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.

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Objective
Associate the letter M (and lowercase m) with the /m/ sound as in mouse, mittens, munch

Materials

  • Mouse graphic 
  • Picture cards

Activity: Munching Mouse

  • Cut out the picture cards and the mouth of the mouse graphic. 
  • Have your child circle the letter M in the word on each picture card and say the /m/ sound while circling the letter.
  • Invite your child to pretend to feed the mouse picture using the picture cards as you both say, "Mmm! The mouse munches ____ (e.g., milk)."
  • 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.

Mouse-and-Picture-cards

Standards

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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.

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