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The Letter B


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The Letter B

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Introduction to the Letter B

Embark on an alphabetic adventure as we explore the letter B! It's the second character in the alphabet lineup and plays a crucial role in forming words. The letter B stands strong at the start of many words, and its pronunciation is as simple as the gentle /b/ you hear at the beginning of "ball" or "book."


Understanding the Letter B – Definition and Sounds

The letter B is the second letter in the English alphabet and is known for its consonant sound. This means that when you say it, you press your lips together and voice comes out of your mouth, which sounds like /b/ .

The letter B can be found in various positions within words—beginning, middle, or end—and its unique sound is unmistakable. Remember, the capital "B" looks like two attached bubbles, while the lowercase "b" resembles a belly with a straight back.

What sound does the letter B make?
Can you name a word that has the letter B in the middle?
Is the letter B a vowel or a consonant?

Writing the Letter B – How to?

Learning to write the letter B is quite fun and a bit like drawing! Writing the letter b, whether it is an upper or lower case letter, is very easy! Read the text, follow the instructions and complete exercises on our webpage for more.


Words With the Letter B – Example

Because the letter B is so popular, you can spot it in many words. Often, you will find it in various consonant blends. Additionally, the letter B likes being in words with silent letters. Take a look at the table with commonly used words that begin with, contain or end with the letter b:

Begin With Contain End With
big about tub
boy table sob
ball abbey taxicab
because amber hob

The Letter B – Guided Practice

Imagine you're writing a story and you want to use words that start with the letter B. Can you think of a sentence that starts with the letter B?
Using the letter B, can you come up with a fun name for a pet?
Can you find three objects in your room that start with the letter B?

The Letter B – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter B is the second letter of the English alphabet and makes the /b/ sound.
  • It can be written as an uppercase B with two bubbles or as a lowercase b with one bubble.
  • The letter B can appear at the beginning, middle, or end of words.
  • Practicing writing and recognizing the letter B will help improve reading and writing skills.

Keep playing with the letter B, and don't forget to check out our interactive games and worksheets to master your B's!

The Letter B – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the sound of the letter B?
Is the letter B used more at the beginning of words or in the middle?
Can the letter B be silent?
What are some fun words that start with the letter B?
How do you teach a child to pronounce the letter B?
Why is learning the letter B important?
What are some activities to practice the letter B?
How can parents help their kids remember the letter B?
Are there any tricks to writing the letter B correctly?
What are some creative ways to teach the letter B?

Transcript The Letter B

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden ... and learn all about… "The Letter ". This is the letter , it makes the sound /b/. This is an uppercase ... and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /b/ sound. like in ... boy , ... ball , ... and bat ! Let's practice the /b/ sounds with Kala! "/b/ , /b/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter ? "There's a bumblebee (...) that starts with the letter !" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with ? "There's a butterfly (...) that ALSO begins with the letter !" Uh-oh! is hiding with other letters! Can you help find the letter in the alphabet? Point to the letter when you find it! Did you also point here? You did some great work in the phonics garden! Today we learned all about the letter , ... we listened to and made the /b/ sound... we found words that began with the letter (...) and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and try to find the BANANA, BEAR, and BOAT hidden in the garden! Comment below when and where you find them! Want to learn more? Check out the next letter video in the alphabet, the letter !

The Letter B exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video The Letter B.
  • Which one is the correct letter?


    Listen carefully to the sound, play it again and think about what you can hear.

    This is a ___.

    Look again at the picture above. What sound does this word start with?


    The correct letter is b. This makes the /b/ sound.

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word bat starts with the sound.

    Listen to all four sounds again. Which one is the same as the beginning of the word bell?


    The correct sound is /b/.

  • Find the objects that begin with "b".


    There are 5 items that start with b to highlight.

    Listen to this word. Can you find it in the picture?

    Listen carefully to the names of the objects.


    The five items that begin with b are:

    • bucket
    • bread
    • box
    • badger
    • bike
  • What is the word?


    Listen carefully. Does the word start or end with b?

    What other sounds can you hear in each word?

    Here we can see the words with pictures. Use this to help you find the matching pairs above.


    The words are:

    1. bib
    2. tub
    3. bit
    4. bun
  • Help Kala find the objects that begin with "b".


    Listen to the sound. Which words begin with this sound?

    Say all of the items out loud. In which ones do you hear the /b/ sound at the beginning?

    There are two correct choices.


    Bell and button start with /b/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


    Listen carefully to this word. Do you hear b at the beginning or at the end?

    Think carefully about the first sound that you hear, is it b or a different sound?

    There are 3 words that begin with b and 3 words that end with b.


    Brush, belt and blue have b at the beginning.

    Cub, crab and scab have b at the end.