Mama, Do You Love Me?

Reagan Ellenburg

Emergent Literacy


Rationale: Students learning to read must be able to understand a variety of phonemes or vocal gestures in written words before successfully being able to learn to read. This lesson will be able to teach the vocal gesture for /m/ as well as the grapheme for /m/. This lesson will be students develop phoneme awareness through instruction for /m/ with literature as well as a teach students to recognize /m/ by sight.


Materials Needed:

Alphabet flash cards

Letters and pictures representing phonics

A copy of the book, Mama Do You Love Me?

M&M candy

Primary Paper




1. "Today we are going to learn the sound /m/. We make the sound /m/ when we bring our lips together like we are about to rub our lips together. Everybody, let’s try to say /m/. Now, can anyone think of any words with /m/ in them?"


2. "Now, that we know what /m/ sounds like, let’s see what /m/ looks like." Show students the flash cards with the letter /m/ on them, both lower case and upper case.


3. "Next, Let’s all say the fun tongue twister Mama made Molly and me many mouthwatering marshmallow treats. Great Job! Now, let’s say it but hold out the /m/ before finishing the rest of the word. MMMama mmmade MMMolly and mmme mmmany mmmouthwatering mmmarshmallow treats. Wonderful!"


4 "Now we are going to play a game called I Spy. I am going to give you a description of a picture or object that starts with /m/. Once you think you know the object, raise your hand. When I call on you, you will answer "I spy…then say the name of the object".


5 "Since we did so good playing I Spy, I am going to pass out a treat. (M&M candy) I want you to hold the candy in your hand until I you see my signal of putting my lips together like I am about rub them together. Then, I want you to tell me the letter on your candy." Once they have responded, "you should put the candy in your mouth and make the /m/ sound."


6 "Next, we are going to read Mama, Do You Love Me? As I am reading, listen for the /m/ in the story. When you hear that sound, I want you to say the /m/ sound.


7. "Now, it’s time to practice writing the letter m." Pass out primary paper and pencils. "First, start at the sidewalk and go up to the fence then around and back down to the sidewalk, up and around the fence again and back down to the sidewalk. This is the lower case /m/. Keep practicing your m’s. I will walk around and check your letters." Walk around checking student’s letters and checking off students who are drawing letters correctly.


8. "Since we know how to draw a lower case m, let us learn how to draw a capital M. First, start at the sky and go straight down to the sidewalk. From the same place you started at the sky start again but make a slanted line going down to the sidewalk, then another slanted line all the way back up to the sky. From that same point in the sky, make a straight line going back down to the sidewalk. This is a capital M. Keep practicing, while I come around and check your letters." Walk around checking off students making letters correctly.


9. Students will demonstrate understanding of /m/ through oral responses and correctly drawing the letter m.



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Joose, Barbara M. Mama, Do You Love Me. Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee. (1991) Chronicle Books.

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