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Here are printable materials and some
suggestions to present letter H. The presentation
ideally should be part of hippopotamus themed activities and crafts.
Animals > Mammals > Hippopotamus >
A hippopotamus is a very large, round mammal that has short legs with hooves and thick skin with almost no hair. Hippopotamuses live in or near rivers and lakes of tropical Africa. They eat plants.
Plural: hippopotamuses or hippopotami
Online resource > Visit National Geographic's Kids Creature Feature: Hippopotamuses, includes printable fun facts, video, map, sounds and more!
Alphabet Activity: Letter H is for Hippopotamus
Present and display your option of alphabet letter H Hippopotamus printable materials listed in the materials column.
Present and display the poster and and distribute the coloring page (early pre-k) or handwriting practice worksheet (advanced Pre-K- elementary). This hippopotamus image has a matching printable craft.
* Finger and Pencil Tracing:
Trace the letter H's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter. Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page. Encourage the children to trace the dotted letter with your choice of sharpened crayon, fine tip marker, coloring or regular pencil. Demonstrate the direction and numbers on the arrows that help them trace the letter correctly. During the demonstration, you may want to count out loud as you trace so children become aware of how the number order aids them in the writing process.
*Find the letter H's: Have the children find all the letter H's in upper and lower case on the page and encourage them to circle or trace/shade them first. Visit each child to make sure they have identified the letter H's and then discuss the locations with the poster.
*Coloring Activity: Encourage the children to color letter H and the hippopotamus image with a variety of materials.
Letter H words: Letter H Worksheet and Mini Book This worksheet and matching mini-book can be used as part of Letter H program of activities to reinforce letter H practice and to identify related s words. Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.
Discuss other letter H words and images (refer to letter activity worksheet above): First 'brainstorm' and ask the children about other words that have that beginning sound and write them on a board (dry erase board) as the children come up with example. You can print letter H in a different bright color to make it stand out. If you have illustrated alphabet books you can also use images in them. You can also display H posters and coloring pages or even make a letter H classroom book. For related images visit: Letter H Alphabet Printable Materials and make your choice.
Letter H Word Search & Handwriting Practice
The four and six word search game features the hippo and letter H words with pictures and handwriting practice.
Advanced Handwriting Practice:
1. Print your choice of printable lined-paper. Have children draw and color a hippo behind the lined paper or select and print a hippopotamus coloring page to color after writing practice.
2. Drawing and writing paper: encourage children to draw and color a hippopotamus and practice writing letter H h.
*coloring and writing materials
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