Alphabet Letter O Octopus
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities and Worksheets

Themes Activities


> Letter O > O is for Octopus 

Animals > Ocean > Octopus

Holidays and Events
*June 8 > World Oceans Day
*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 octopus related activities.

Alphabet Activity > Letter O is for Octopus

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 wordsLetter 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.

Printable Activities

Color Poster

Alphabet O Octopus Coloring Page
Coloring Page


Letter O Worksheet and Mini-Book

Available in D'Nealian and Standard block format

Letter O Word Search & Writing

Printable lined-paper
(various styles)

Octopus coloring pages

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