Mouse Mess

Objective

Recognize and name the uppercase letter M and lowercase letter m.

 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • mix
  • make
  • mouse
  • mess

Materials:

  • Letter cards
  • Mouse graphic or toy mouse
  • Bag or container
  • Tray
  • Book: Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley (Blue Sky Press, 1997) (optional)

Overview
The children will help the mouse make a mess as they recognize and name the uppercase letter M and the lowercase letter m.

Literacy Activities
Make a mess

  • Write the uppercase letter M and the lowercase letter m on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the M and m in the air with their fingers.
  • Read Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley, emphasizing the letter (optional). 
  • Show the children the mouse and the tray and explain that the mouse wants to make a mess with the letter M.
  • Have the children take turns selecting letter cards from the bag or container.
  • Have each child identify the letter that he or she chose, and then ask, “Does ___ go in the mouse’s mess?”
    • If the card is the letter M or m, have the child put it on the tray by the mouse.
    • If it is not the letter M or m, put it in a discard pile.
    • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as an M or an m, have him or her look at the M and m on the whiteboard and compare them to the letter he or she picked. 
  • Once all the M letter cards have been identified, have the children make, mix, mash, and move the mess of letter cards around on the tray.

More Practice
Write the target letter

  • Have the children write the letter M and the letter on pieces of paper, providing support as needed.
  • Help the children cut out the letters and add them to the mouse's mess.

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Objective
Recognize and name the uppercase letter M and the lowercase letter m

Materials

  • Letter cards
  • Mouse graphic
  • Tray 

Activity: Mouse Mess

  • Cut out and turn all of the letter cards face down on the table.
  • Take turns with your child choosing a letter card and deciding if the letter on the card is the uppercase letter M or lowercase letter m.
    •  If the letter is an M or m, say, "Mash M in the mess," and put the card on the tray.
    • If the letter on the card is not an M or m, say, "Don't mash ___ in the mess," and set the card off to the side.
  • After you have sorted all of the cards, have your child mix, mash, and move the items around on the tray to make a mess.
  • Have your child write the letter M and the letter m on a piece of paper (provide support as needed).
  • Help your child cut out the letters and add them to the mouse mess.Letter-Cards-and-Mouse-graphic

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.

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