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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
Plural: hippopotamuses or hippopotami
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Letter H is for Hippopotamus
Present and display your option of alphabet letter H
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:
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
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
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