Emergent Literacy Design
Rationale: “Learning to recognize and discriminate
between the letters of the alphabet is an important step toward
64). This lesson will help children
identify and write capital M
and lowercase m.
They will learn to recognize the capital M and lowercase m by learning a
representation, letter symbols, and practice writing.
paper and pencil (for each
paper (for each child)
You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman (Random House, Inc.)
- Introduce the lesson by
explaining that in order to read our favorite books we must first learn
the letters of the alphabet and how to write these letters. Today we’re going to work on recognizing and
writing the letter M. We are going to do a special art activity to
help us learn the letter M. The letter M
makes the /m/ sound.
- Ask the children, “Who has ever
been on a mountain?” Then ask, “Who likes
to eat M&Ms? I like to eat M&Ms
too. Raise your hand if you can tell me
how the words mountain and M&M are alike. That’s
right, they both say /m/.”
- Now let’s see if you can say
this tongue twister (write on board). “Mom
met me on M&M Mountain.” Let’s
say it three times together. We’ll say it
together again and each time you hear the /m/ sound rub your tummy as
if you’re saying those M&Ms are Mmmmmmm
- Now that we know what sound m makes, let’s learn how to
write an uppercase and lowercase m.
Using your finger as an imaginary pencil follow my
instructions to write an m.
M: Go down straight, back up, down the
slide, up the slide, and down straight.
m: Go down, back up, hump around, and
job! Now let’s try this with our writing
paper and pencils. For uppercase M: start at the roof and go down straight
through the fence and onto the sidewalk, go back to the roof and slide
the fence onto the sidewalk, back up through the fence to the roof,
straight back down to the sidewalk.
m: Start at the fence and go down to the
sidewalk, hump back around touching the fence and landing on the
hump back around the same way again.
that you know how to write upper and lowercase m, I
want you to practice writing ten uppercase M’s and ten
lowercase m’s on your writing
- Now I will hand everyone two
pieces of construction paper. On one piece
I want you to write an uppercase M. Once you have written it, cut it out along the
top only, not underneath (Model this for students).
It should look like a mountain. Glue
the M mountain to the other piece of construction
paper. Next, you will glue M&Ms along
the outside of the mountain to form the uppercase letter M. ( Lowercase m can also be
done in the same way).
Are You My Mother? To
begin with, stop after each page and point out any /m/ sounds on the
page and the printed letter m. Then,
ask the students to point out the /m/ sounds and the printed letter m.
assessment, take up the ten uppercase M’s and the ten
lowercase m’s the students printed to assess their
knowledge of printing the letters M
Marilyn Jager. (1990).
Beginning to Read: Thinking and
Learning about Print- A Summary. Center
for the Study of Reading and The Reading Research and Education Center. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 64
Read, and Write. How to Print
Are You My Mother? Random
House, Inc. New York.