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In This Video that Answers: What Is a Lowercase Letter?

Dee and Kala are walking through Alphabet Arboretum, a large outdoor garden. When they turn down a new path, they see something special. All the shrubs in this garden are shaped like letters. However, they aren't sure about the difference between the two sizes of letter. In the video, Dee and Kala learn about lowercase letters.

What's a Lowercase Letter?

Let’s learn more about alphabet letters that are lowercase and how to identify them with the following explanation.

Define Lowercase Letter

A lowercase letter means a letter that is smaller, or shorter, than its bigger letter partner.

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All the letters in the alphabet have two sizes: big and little.The little letters are called lowercase letters. It is easy to remember because little and lower start with the same letter: L. Lowercase letters are smaller, or shorter, than their bigger letter buddies. Most only reach the middle line on a piece of paper.

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Some lowercase letters do reach the top, blue line, but they are still smaller than their bigger letter buddies.

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For example, look at the letter ‘d’. The little ‘d’ reaches the top line but its belly is still smaller than the bigger D.

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Two letters, ‘i’ and ‘j’, stay mostly below the middle line except for the tiny dot that floats above them!

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All the letters in the alphabet can be written as lowercase.

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Identify A Lowercase Letter

Can you pick out the lowercase letters in the picture below? Remember, lowercase letters are smaller and shorter.

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The lowercase letters are ‘g’, ‘r’, ‘a’ and ‘d’. The letters ‘g’, ‘r’, and ‘a’ are lowercase because they only reach the middle, red line.

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The letter ‘d’ is lowercase because its belly is smaller than the big D’s.

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Lowercase Letter Summary

  • All the letters in the alphabet have two sizes: big and little.

  • The little letters are called lowercase letters.

  • They are smaller or shorter than their bigger letter buddies.

  • We can write the whole alphabet as lowercase letters.

Lowercase Letter Practice Worksheets

Have you had lowercase letter practice yet? On this website, you can also find lowercase letter worksheets and exercises.

Transcript Lowercase Letters

Dee and Kala are walking through Alphabet Arboretum, a large outdoor garden! As they turn down a new path, they see something special. “Wow! These A's are beautiful!" “Both of them? The little one is an A too?” Let's help Dee and Kala learn all about "Lowercase Letters". All the letters in the alphabet have two sizes: big and little. The little letters are called lowercase letters. You can remember this because little and lower start with the same letter: L. Lowercase letters are smaller, or shorter, than their bigger letter buddies. Most only reach the middle, red line on a piece of paper. Some lowercase letters, like these, do reach the top, blue line, but they are still smaller than their bigger letter buddies. Let's look at the letter D. See how the little D reaches the top, blue line but its belly is still smaller than the bigger D? Or notice how only one side of the little H reaches the top line, but both sides of the big H do? These are the lowercase letters that stay below the middle, red line. And these two letters, I and J, stay mostly below the middle red line except for the tiny dot that floats above them! We can write all the letters in the alphabet as lowercase if we want to! We use lowercase letters most of the time. Now that we've seen what all the lowercase letters look like. Let's see if we can find some in this list! Remember, lowercase letters are smaller and shorter. Here the lowercase letters are G, R, A and D. G, R and A are lowercase because they only reach the middle, red line. D is lowercase because its belly is smaller than the big D's. What about this list of letters? What lowercase letters are hiding here? K is lowercase because the bend in the little K only reaches the middle line making it smaller than big K. And I is lowercase because it stays below the middle red line except for the tiny dot that floats above it! While Dee and Kala finish looking at the garden, let's remember! Today we learned about lowercase letters. All the letters in the alphabet have two sizes: big and little. The little letters are called lowercase letters. They are smaller or shorter than their bigger letter buddies. We can write the whole alphabet in lowercase letters. Lowercase letters are also used most of the time! “How do you think they got those bushes to grow like that anyway?” "Oh that's simple. They just watered them in the shape of each letter." “Hmm, I don’t know, Dee. That doesn’t sound quite right.”

Lowercase Letters exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Lowercase Letters .
  • What do you know about lowercase letters?

    Hints

    What letter does the word lowercase start with?

    The answer starts with the same letter!

    Do you see the word low in lowercase ?

    Most of the lowercase letters are lower than than their uppercase pairs.

    Solution

    Lowercase letters are little letters in the alphabet. They are usually smaller and shorter than their uppercase pair.

  • Are these letters uppercase or lowercase?

    Hints

    Remember: lowercase letters are usually smaller and shorter.

    Match the smaller letters to the big circle on the right.

    If you're stuck, compare the uppercase and lowercase letters together.

    Lowercase letters are usually smaller, shorter, or thinner.

    Which T is smaller?

    Solution

    N and A are uppercase.

    t and p are lowercase.

  • Can you spot the lowercase letters?

    Hints

    Think of both versions of each letter if you get stuck.

    The lowercase letters are usually the smaller or shorter letter in the pair!

    Most lowercase letters stay below the dotted middle line.

    Solution

    The lowercase letters are: f, d, y, m, and i.

    The uppercase letters are: P, E, and J.

  • Alphabet soup.

    Hints

    There are 11 lowercase letters. Can you find them all?

    The picture shows the upper and lowercase form of 4 letters.

    Can you tell which is lowercase by comparing them?

    Solution

    The lowercase letters are: b, r, j, t, m, e, q, y, l, d, and n.

  • Alphabet scramble!

    Hints

    Remember, we can write every letter of the alphabet in two ways - big and small.

    Can you match the big and little versions of each letter together?

    See how h has a long, up-and-down line? It's match has one too!

    Look for a letter that has at least one long up-and-down line.

    Solution

    The upper and lowercase letter pairs are:

    • X and x
    • G and g
    • S and s
    • H and h
  • Whose name is spelled in the lowercase letters?

    Hints

    The uppercase letter I and lowercase letter l look similar.

    Uppercase I has two small lines on top and bottom but lowercase l has one little tail on the bottom right.

    Be careful not to confuse them!

    There are 4 lowercase letters to find!

    Solution

    It's Kala!

    The lowercase letters in the text are: k, a, l, and a. That spells Kala!