messy munching mouse

Messy Munching Mouse

Messy Munching Mouse
Target text


Recognize and produce the /m/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /m/.

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • mouse
  • munch
  • macaroni
  • map
  • marker


  • Mouse puppet or stuffed animal mouse
  • Picture cards 
  • Munching Mouse Chant 
  • Book: Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley (optional)

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will feed a messy munching mouse as they listen for words that start with the /m/ sound, such as mouse, munch, muffin, and macaroni.

Literacy Activities
Mouse munches on things that start with /m/

  • Hold up the picture cards one at a time, and help the children identify the objects as you emphasize the /m/ sound in the words.
  • Ask different children to pretend to feed the mouse puppet one of the picture cards as you make the puppet munch on the cards.
  • While the children feed the mouse, have everyone say the Munching Mouse Chant.

More Practice
Repeat words with the target letter

  • Have children remind you of the /m/ items the mouse ate as you write the words on a board or chart with a marker.
  • Read the list to the children, emphasizing the /m/ sound (e.g., /m/ /m/ /m/ mouse), then have the children echo it back.

Clap out sounds in words 

  • Invite the children to segment the word mat and clap once for each sound in the word (/m/ /a/ /t/).
  • Ask the children how many times they clapped for the word mat (3).
  • Have the children clap for each sound in the word mat again to reinforce the model.
  • Repeat with other words that start with /m/ (e.g., mat, men, mop, mud, met).
  • Point out that all of the words start with the /m/ sound.
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SEEL Target Texts

Munching Mouse Chant

Munching mouse, munching mouse,
Munch the ___ (e.g., marshmallows)!
Munching mouse, munching mouse,
Munch the ___ (e.g., marshmallows)!
(Repeat as desired using other /m/ sound foods in the blank, such as macaroni, muffins, mushroom, meat, and mints)
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SEEL At Home



Recognize and produce the /m/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /m/.


  • Picture cards 
  • Mouse graphic 
  • Brown paper sack (glue or tape the mouse graphic to it)

Activity: Munching Mouse

  • Lay out all of the picture cards and identify each picture with your child, emphasizing the /m/ sound at the beginning of each word.
  • Pretend to feed the munching mouse all of the picture cards that begin with the /m/ sound and say, "The munching mouse munches ___ (e.g., muffins)!"
  • After the mouse has munched on all the cards, read through them again with your child, having him or her circle the letter M and say the /m/ sound.
  • Have fun looking around the house together for more items that begin with the /m/ sound and letting the mouse pretend to munch on them.


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