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The Letter D


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The Letter D

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Introduction to the Letter D

Embark on an alphabet adventure with the letter D! It's a dynamic letter that vibrates with the sound /d/ and is key to developing excellent reading and writing skills. From "dog" to "drum," the letter D is everywhere!

Understanding the Letter D – Definition and Sounds

The letter D is the fourth letter in the English alphabet and is known for its distinct /d/ sound, which is voiced and requires a quick tap of the tongue against the upper front teeth.

It's essential for children to distinguish the sound of the letter D as it lays the foundation for literacy. Remember, the sound is similar to the 'D' in "dog" or "duck."

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Can you identify the letter D in a sentence?
What is the fourth letter in the English alphabet?

Writing the Letter D – How to?

Writing the letter D is simple and fun! Whether it's the tall and proud uppercase D or the round and friendly lowercase d, mastering their shape is key to great handwriting.

The Letter D – Example Words

Explore the letter D in action with words like "dog," "duck," and "doll." Each of these words begins with the powerful /d/ sound.

For a more illustrative example, imagine a friendly dog named Duke who loves to play with a drum. In this sentence, "Duke, the dog, plays a big drum," we see the letter D at work as both an uppercase and lowercase letter.

Words with the Letter D

The letter D is in many delightful words. Here's a quick list to get familiar with:

Begin With Contain End With
dog middle and
duck garden said
doll handle old
drum candle gold

Because the letter D is so popular, you can spot it in many words. Often, you will find it in various consonant blends.

The Letter D – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter D is the fourth letter in the English alphabet and has a voiced /d/ sound.
  • Recognizing both uppercase D and lowercase d is important for literacy.
  • Many common words start with the letter D, such as dog, duck, and doll.

Continue to practice the letter D with engaging activities and games, and soon you'll master this dynamic letter!

The Letter D – Frequently Asked Questions

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Transcript The Letter D

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden ... and learn all about… "The Letter ". This is the letter , it makes the sound /d/. This is an uppercase ... and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /d/ sound. like in ... dog , ... door , ... and dolphin ! Let's practice the /d/ sounds with Kala! "/d/ , /d/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter ? "There's a duck (...) that starts with the letter !" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with ? "There's a deer (...) 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 /d/ 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 DRAGON and DONUT 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 D 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 D.
  • Which one is the correct letter?


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

    This animal is called a ____.

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


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

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word duck starts with the sound.

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


    The correct sound is /d/.

  • Find the objects that begin with d.


    There are 5 items that start with d 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 d are:

    • drum
    • doughnut
    • dinosaur
    • duck
    • doll
  • What is the word?


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

    What other sounds can you hear?

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


    The words are:

    • mud
    • sad
    • lid
    • dot
  • Help Kala find the objects that begin with d.


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

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

    There are two correct choices.


    Dress and deer start with /d/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


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

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

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


    Donkey, dove and drip have d at the beginning.

    Toad, bread and road have d at the end.