make an m mask
Associate the uppercase letter M and lowercase letter m with the /m/ sound as in monster, mirror, and mask.
- Objects that start with M
- Monster mask
- Picture cards
- Popsicle stick (optional)
- Brown- or green-colored glue
- Mirror (optional)
- "Monster Mash" by Bobby “Boris” Pickett (optional)
- Music player (if parading and dancing to Monster Mash)
- Writing practice page
- Book: A Halloween Mask for Monster by Virginia Mueller (optional)
The children will make a monster mask as they practice saying the /m/ sound in words such as monster, make, and mark.
Make a Monster Mask
- Print out monster masks for each child, then glue them onto paper plates and cut out eye holes.
- Show the children picture cards of objects that begin with M, emphasizing the /m/ sound at the beginning of each word.
- Distribute monster mask and encourage the children to make their masks by gluing objects that start with M on the mask (optional) or have them use picture cards of objects.
- Make a list of all of the objects or picture cards on the masks and emphasize that all of the items on the list begin with the letter M, which makes the /m/ sound.
- Allow the children to model their monster masks in the mirror (optional).
Monster Mask Parade (optional)
- Have the children put their masks on and stand in a line around the room.
- Play the song “Monster Mash” and have the children dance like monsters while walking in a line around the room.
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the uppercase letter M and lowercase letter m at the top of the writing practice page.
- Have the children draw a picture of something that begins with the /m/ sound in the space under the letters.
SEEL At Home
Associate the uppercase letter M and lowercase letter m and with the /m/ sound as in mug, moss, and moon.
- Monster mask graphic
- Picture cards
- Objects beginning with the letter M (optional)
- Tape or glue
- Craft stick (optional)
Activity: Monster Masks
- Help your child make a monster mask for Mom.
- Cut eye circles out of the monster mask.
- Decorate the mask with items or pictures of things beginning with the letter M.
- Emphasize that all the items on the mask begin with the letter M, which makes the /m/ sound.
- Have your child use a marker to write the letter M several times on the mask.
- Attach a craft stick to the mask (optional).
- As you work together, use words and phrases beginning with the /m/ sound (e.g., Will you add moons or macaroni to your monster mask? Can we stick millions of mini marshmallows to the mask?).
- Try the mask on and look in the mirror.
- The activity can be repeated several times
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
Make an M Mask