My Mom’s Muffins! (Mmm, Mmm Good!)
awareness and Letter Recognition are the building blocks to successful
and writing. Developing an awareness of
phonemes and connecting those phonemes with the written letter symbols
help children become expert readers and writers. A good place for
children to begin is recognizing beginning sounds. This lesson
to allow children to identify
/m/ at the beginning of words and
recognize the written letter M.
- Primary pencil and paper
- Overhead with “My
Mom Makes Mayberry Muffins Most Monday Mornings”
- Paper Magnifying
Glasses for each Child
- If You Give a Moose
- Assessment handout
Introduce the lesson by explaining
to the children that reading and writing letters is like breaking a
code! Today we will begin our journey to
becoming expert code breakers by finding /m/ at the beginning of words.
smell that?! Muffins!! Mmmm, they
smell wonderful! What do we say when mom makes
muffins? We say
/m/! Everybody say it with me, “/m/!” Did you notice that when we
that our lips came together and we hummed? Let’s try that
This time as you do it, rub your belly along with it to show how yummy
tummy those muffins are every time you hear and feel that humming
Model for the students examples and non-examples. I hear the /m/
sound when I say the word mmmop. I don't hear it when I say
cop. Now you and I practice together. "Lets practice .
Class, do we hear the /m/ sound in map or tap? (map, very
good) How about sad, do you hear the /m/ sound in the word
sad? (no) How about mad?" (Yes, very good!)
Now, I want you to listen to this sentence
carefully and every time you hear the /m/ sound I want you to rub your
tummy. "My Mom Makes Mayberry Muffins Most Monday
Mornings." Let’s look at this sentence written on the overhead
say it again. I will point to each word as we read the sentence.
all read the sentence together) Okay, how many times did we rub
bellies and hear the /m/ sound?
Now that we’ve broken the code lets
make some M’s of our own. Take out your paper and pencils. An M
drawing a line from the floor to the ceiling. Now bring it down
windowsill and then carefully back up to the ceiling. Finally,
goes right back down to the floor. Let’s practice writing /m/ a
Ok code breakers! I want you to take out your magnifying
glasses now and investigate these words with me. Each time you
hear /m/ at the beginning of
these words, hold your Magnifying glass up high in the air. If
not, leave it on the table. I will say the words: moon, hand,
apple, man, and muscle.
Next, I will read the book If You
Give a Moose a Muffin. I will ask our code breakers to
what might happen if you give a moose a muffin by taking a few guesses
may happen. I will then ask them to be
on the look out for that /m/ sound as we begin the book.
Then read to the children. After I have
read, I will ask the children what words in the book began with the /m/
sound. I will write these words down on the overhead.
I will pass out a sheet
with pictures. Some of these pictures begin with the /m/ sound.
say each picture before the children begin. They will identify the
that begin with the /m/ sound by drawing magnifying glasses around
Lloyd. Teaching Decoding in Holisitic Classrooms. Prentice
Hall (1995) p 50-70
Joy. (2001) Munchy
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