important for children to learn the letters of
the alphabet and their sounds to become a successful reader and writer.
letter-sound-relationship is vital because it is the core of learning
knowing how to read and write. The children need to understand what
are and that they are essential in reading and writing. The lesson will
focused on the letter /m/. The children will recognize that the letter
makes an mmmmm sound. They will also learn how to write the letter /m/
choose words that start with that letter.
with pictures of words that
begin with m such as muffin, mouse, money, man, monkey, mop,
Matt Will Not Mop book
with tongue twister Maggie made many merry milkshakes
with pictures of /m/ words and non /m/ words.
the lesson by telling the class that they will be learning about the
Ask if anyone knows what sound the letter /m/ makes. Tell the class
letter /m/ makes an mmmmm sound just like mmmmm that taste good. Let’s
making the sound that /m/ makes while we rub our stomachs.
/m/ in the word mouth or space? Muffin or table?
or rat? moose or deer?
- Now lets try a tongue
twister to help you better understand the sound /m/ makes. I want you
to look at the poster and say the tongue twister together. Ready? Maggie made many merry milkshakes using mud.
Wonderful! Now let’s do it again and when you hear the mmm sound I want
you all to rub your stomach as if you are enjoying something delicious.
- Have the students get out
paper and pencil and try writing the letter /m/. Say Let’s try
writing the letter /m/. We start out at the fence and go straight down
to the dirt, then go back up that straight line and near the top of the
line go out and touch the fence and make a little hill, go down to the
dirt and then make another little hill just like you did before.
Wonderful! Now try writing the /m/ by yourself five times and I will
come around and see how you are doing. If you have done it correctly, I
will give you a check mark but if not you need to try again a couple
more times until you get a check mark.
- Teacher will use the
poster of words. Teacher will call on a student and ask what the word
is. Teacher will model the first word. Can you hear the mmm in
mop? Let's sound it out. mmm-ooo-ppp. mop.
- Call on different students
to choose the word that has the /m/ sound.
- Read Matt Will Not Mop
and ask questions about the story. Next, read it again and have the
students rub their stomachs when they come upon words that begin with
/m/. After reading the story the second time, have students raise their
hand and share some of the words they found that started with the
- For assessment, pass out a
worksheet with pictures that start with the letter /m/ and some that do
not. Have the students carefully evaluate them and put stars next to
the pictures that start with /m/.
Lloyd J (2005). Teaching Decoding Why
and How, 29-30.
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