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Alphabet Letter O Otter
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities and Worksheets

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Here are printable materials and some suggestions to present letter O > short o sound.

Animals > Mammals > Aquatic > Otter
An otter is an aquatic or marine mammal with brown fur, a long body, short legs, and webbed feet. Otters live in the water where they eat fish, frogs, and other water animals.  Different kinds of otters are found in most parts of the world. They live in groups and are very playful. Otters are related to skunks, badgers and other kinds of weasels. Some kinds of otters such as the giant otter, marine otter and southern river otters are endangered.

Online resource > Giant river otter and Marine otter @

Alphabet Activity > Letter O is for Otter
Present the letter O otter six-piece online jigsaw puzzle to practice problem solving and view letter O in upper and lower case. Adjust number or pieces using the Change Cut button on the left.

Present and display your option of printable activities in the materials column.

Children Age 3 and under:
* Print a letter O coloring page D'Nealian or Standard Block font and an otter coloring page behind it or on a separate page if using paints to decorate later. Discuss other letter O words found on the worksheet.   

* Finger Tracing: Trace letter O'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.

* Children can trace and color the letter O's. After completing coloring the letter, encourage children to color the otter image. Write the word otter on the finished coloring page.

Children ages 3+: Present the Letter O Worksheet and Mini Book program. Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book. These materials can be used to reinforce letter practice and to identify related O words.

You can also display letter O posters and coloring pages or make a letter O classroom book. For related images visit: Letter O Printable Materials.

Finger and Pencil Tracing: Trace letter O's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter. Invite the children to do the same on your worksheet. Encourage the children to trace the dotted letter, and explain the direction of the arrows and numbers (on the upper right corner) 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 O's: Have the children find all the letter O's in upper and lower case on the page and encourage them to circle them first.

Letter O Word Search & Handwriting Practice (short O sound) > A four word search game features the otter 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 otter behind the page or print an otter coloring page.

2.  Drawing and writing paper  to engage children in making an original drawing of an otter and practice writing letter O in upper and lower case independently.

otter craft at dltk
> DLTK's Printable Otter Craft > A cute otter craft available in coloring and color format using a toilet paper tube.