Munching Mouse

Objective

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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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

Materials:

  • 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.

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Objective
Associate the letter M (and lowercase m) with the /m/ sound (e.g., mouse, money, monkey).  

Materials

  • 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.

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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