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Phonics Through Literature: Learning About the Letter M

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Phonics Through Literature: Learning About the Letter M

Grades K – 1
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Various sessions during a one-week period or longer
Lesson Author

Melissa Weimer

Waterford, Michigan


International Literacy Association



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Phonics is an important part of literacy instruction that can be taught within the context of reading children's literature. This lesson incorporates the use of children's literature, in addition to various learning centers and activities that focus on learning about the letter m. Students will learn about phonics by participating in an integrated array of activities, including reading, writing, mathematics, music, art, and technology.

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Crossword Puzzle tool: Students will use this interactive tool to create an m word crossword puzzle.

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Trachtenburg, P. (1990). Using children's literature to enhance phonics instruction. The Reading Teacher, 43, 648-654.

  • Teaching phonics in association with children's literature maximizes learning opportunities for beginning readers.

  • The whole-part-whole instructional framework integrates learning to read with actual reading.
1. Starting with a whole piece of literature reflects both common sense and sound pedagogy.

2. Zeroing in on a targeted phonic element soon after it has been heard repeatedly in an enjoyable story contextualizes the decoding lesson, a welcome alternative to phonics-in-isolation.

3. Practicing and applying a phonic principle in quality children's literature provides students with familiar, meaningful, natural language and engrossing plots.


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