- Letter cards
- Mouse graphic or toy mouse
- Bag or container
- Book: Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley (Blue Sky Press, 1997) (optional)
The children will help the mouse make a mess as they recognize and name the uppercase letter M and the lowercase letter m.
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 M (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.
Write the target letter
- Have the children write the letter M and the letter m on pieces of paper (support as needed).
- Help the children cut out the letters and add them to the mouse's mess.
SEEL At Home
Recognize and name the uppercase letter M and the lowercase letter m.
- Letter cards
- Mouse graphic
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 (support as needed).
- Help your child cut out the letters and add them to the mouse mess.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.