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Alphabet > Letter M > M is for Monkey

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Here are printable materials and some suggestions to present letter M.

1.  Animals > Mammals > Jungle | Rainforest > Monkey >
Visit the monkey lesson plan activities to learn about monkeys, and include a printable craft activity.

The monkey is one of the twelve animals represented in the Chinese zodiac, and appropriate theme for Chinese New Year celebrations.

2.  Alphabet Activity > Letter M is for Monkey
Present the letter M monkey six-piece online jigsaw puzzle to practice problem solving and view letter M in upper and lower case.  Adjust number or pieces using the Change Cut button on the left.

Present and display this fun color poster of a Manny the Clown and Monkey and your option of letter M printable activities in the materials column.

Children Age 3 and under
:
* Print a letter M coloring page
D'Nealian or Standard Block
and an monkey
coloring page behind it or on a separate page if using paints to decorate later.  Discuss other letter M words found on the worksheet.

* Finger Tracing:
Trace letter M'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.

* Children can trace and color the letter M's.  After completing coloring the letter, encourage children to color the monkey coloring page and write letter M m and the word monkey on the margins.

Children Ages 3+ to 6:
Alphabet - beginning letter M (long sound)

1. Present the Letter M Activity Worksheet and Mini Book program.  Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.

Letter M words: 
This page and matching mini book can be used as part of Letter M program of activities to reinforce letter practice and to identify related M words.  

Discuss other letter M words (long e sound) and images (refer to 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 examples.  You can print letter M 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 letter M posters and coloring pages or make a letter M classroom book.  For related images visit: Letter M Printable Materials.

*Finger and Pencil Tracing
Trace letter M's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter.  Invite the children to do the same on your worksheet.  Encourage the children to trace the dotted letter with your choice of sharpened crayon, fine tip marker, coloring or regular pencil  and explain the direction of the arrows and numbers (on the upper right corner) 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 M's:  Have the children find all the letter M's in upper and lower case on the page and encourage them to circle them first.  Visit each child to make sure they have identified the letter M's and then discuss the locations with the poster.

Letter M Word Search & Handwriting Practice
The word search game features a monkey and letter M words with pictures and handwriting practice.


Advanced independent handwriting practice:
1.  Print your choice of printable lined-paper and encourage children to draw a monkey behind the page or print a monkey coloring page
.

2.  Drawing and writing paper  Encourage children to draw and color a monkey and write letter M m.  Share some images of a real monkey to inspire the children.



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