Instructions and Suggestions
> Letter O > O
is for Octopus
Animals > Ocean > Octopus
Holidays and Events
*April > Int'l Week of the Ocean
*June > Zoo and Aquarium Month
*Dec. 27th > Visit the Zoo Day
Seasons > Summer
Here are printable materials and some
suggestions to present letter O. The presentation
ideally should be part of a octopus
Alphabet Activity: Letter O is for Octopus
Alphabet Letter O Octopus poster, coloring page and handwriting practice tracer. Present and display the poster and distribute your choice of coloring page for a first introduction and younger children or extended handwriting practice tracer for advanced Pre-K and higher.
Prior to alphabet presentation discuss and present images and facts about the octopus.
* Finger and Handwriting Tracing:
*Trace letter O's in upper and lower case with your index finger as you also sound out the letter. Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page or tracer. 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 point to the number 1 with arrow that help them trace the letter correctly in one continuous stroke.
*Find the letter O's: Have the children find all the letter O's in upper and lower case on the coloring page or extended tracer. Encourage them to circle or trace/shade the letter O's first. Visit each child to make sure they have identified the letter O's and then discuss the locations with the poster.
*Coloring the Octopus > "Sea Chameleons"
The octopus presents the opportunity for children to choose any favorite color. Explain that the octopus is the "chameleon" of the sea. Like a chameleon, the octopus can change colors to camouflage itself. Recent studies suggest it may also change colors depending on its mood -- it may turn a bright color when angry, for example. You may want to compare and contrast to a chameleon.
Letter O words: Letter O Activity Worksheet Program. This activity worksheet can be used as part of Letter O program of activities to reinforce letter practice and to identify related O words. Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.
Focus on the long O sound words: oval, ocean. 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 o 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 posters and coloring pages or even make a letter O classroom book. For related images visit: Letter O Printable Materials.
Letter O Word Search & Handwriting Practice (short O sound)
A four word search game features the octopus and letter O words with pictures and handwriting practice.
Advanced independent handwriting practice:
1. Print your choice of printable lined-paper and encourage children to draw an octopus behind the page or print an octopus coloring page to color and decorate after writing practice.
2. Drawing and writing paper Encourage children to draw and color an octopus and write letter O.
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