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Here are printable materials and some
suggestions to present letter O. The presentation
ideally should be part of a octopus
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
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
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.
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.
and writing paper Encourage children to draw and color an
write letter O.