Letter O Lessons

Literacy Center Ideas:

  • Letter O mini-book (included)
  • Letter O worksheets (included)
  • CVC Mini Book- Short O (Included)
  • Letter O Mini Book (included)
  • Octopus Activities (included)
  • Letter O lesson plan activities (included ) (Includes octopus and Oliver activities)
  • Spot and Dot the Letter O

All of the activities included above can be bought in our store/(You may use your account funds to pay for these lessons!)

Story Time Ideas:

  • Read Oliver, and Octopus is Amazing and My Very Own Octopus and do the activities that correspond with those books: For An Octopus is Amazing, talk about nonfiction books.  Do a KWL, and Can, Has, Is activity as you learn about octopi.  You can also watch youtube videos on Octopus and write about all that you learn!
  • For My Very Own Octopus, have the student imagine what life would be like if they had an octopus. Do a writing prompt (included) once the children brainstorm and talk about their ideas.
  • Read Oliver by Syd Hoff and and talk about character, setting and plot. What happens in the beginning, middle, end?  (Activities included in the Letter O activity pack.

Writing Center Ideas:

  • Continue talking and working on plot –what happens in the beginning, middle, end. Make a chart to outline what happens and have students write about this.
  • Creative write about what it would be like to won an octopus.
  • Work on good sentence formation, and then building sentences to form a paragraph.

Other Ideas:

  • For the short letter O, tell each student that the sound the short O makes is like when you go to the Doctor’s office and he says Open up and say Ooooooo. The students can practice/pretend one is a doctor and the other says oooooo.
  • Glue cheerio “o” onto a plate
  • Do this Octopus Craft: http://www.sightandsoundreading.com/craft-to-teach-short-o-sound/   – you can do it for the short o sound, or just O words or find pictures from a magazine that being with O and paste them onto it.
  • Make a necklace by lacing Os
  • Create a picture from in the shape of an O using buttons or Os –have the student put a picture inside the circle.
  • Make Owl fingerprint craft
  • Cut/decorate an octagon
  • Oval
  • Olaf
  • Otter
  • Make an ocean scene
  • Make a list of letter O words together




Madreen Karle and Meeghan Karle Mousaw
Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle's Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle's Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created "sunshine moments" to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.

Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 7 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.

The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets. Over the last 7 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.