This week in Kindergarten ESL class, we learned about the letter M. In prepping for the lessons, I came across several fun and educational ideas for reinforcing the letter M that I wanted to share here.
1.) Storybots letter M — a fun video series available on Youtube. Warning: these songs will get stuck in your head.
2.) Starfall — free online videos and games for letters and reading. The games can be played in small groups or whole class with volunteers.
3.) If You Take A Mouse To School — we read this book aloud to reinforce words with ‘m’ and school vocabulary for beginning of the year ESL content.
With this book, there are story sequencing activities to practice retelling stories and using school vocabulary. I found these activities on teacherspayteachers:
Story Sequencing ($1)
Emergent Reader Take-Home Book ($2) (I used this activity — great for helping students learn to read, turn pages, follow directions, use pictures to retell a story, and send home to help reinforce language skills.)
4.) If You Give a Moose a Muffin — There are several book activities to go with this one. These are my favorites from Pinterest:
Check out some more activities from this blog.
9.) Mouse Mask
I bought the supplies at Walmart – $3 for a packages of big plate and 2 packages of little plates, $2 for the Popsicle sticks, $2 for googly eyes. (because cutting holes out for eyes was hard and the mask looked creepy) The sparkly M was also a Walmart purchase — $2.
10.) This freebie from teacherspayteachers that includes writing and letter sorting practice.
11.) Everything Monster — Read a Monsters Inc. Story and make some of these cute crafts:
Monster Headband — Use lined sentence strips to write letter M words.
13.) Whole body response: Have students differentiate the phoneme /m/ from other sounds by having students stand up if they hear /m/ at the beginning of the word and squat if it does not. Use picture cards to help reinforce vocabulary.
14.) Playdoh M: Have students create an m with playdoh logs. They can trace them with their fingers as a practice before writing.
15.) Songs and Chants: Do you know the Muffin Man and 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed are fun ways in incorporate music and language learning.