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The Letter H


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The Letter H

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Introduction to the Letter H

Welcome to the wonderful world of the letter H! As we explore the English alphabet, the letter H stands out with its distinct shape and sound. It may be a bit quieter in pronunciation than some other letters, but it plays a pivotal role in many words we use every day. From "history" to "helicopter," learning about the letter H is an exciting step in literacy.

Understanding the Letter H – Definition and Sounds

The letter H is the eighth letter in the English alphabet and is associated with the /h/ sound, as heard at the beginning of words like "hat" and "house."

Pronouncing the letter H involves a gentle, breathy quality, as if you are exhaling slightly. This sound is sometimes referred to as an unvoiced sound because it is produced without vocal cord vibration. It's essential for learners to grasp the role of H in language, as it can affect the pronunciation and meaning of words.

What is the sound that the letter H represents?
What is an example of a word that starts with the letter H?
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Writing the Letter H – How to?

Writing the letter H is simple and fun whether you're working with uppercase H or lowercase h. The uppercase H is formed with two vertical lines connected by a horizontal line in the middle. The lowercase h has a similar structure but starts with a tall, ascending line and is finished with a curved line on the right side that loops around to the bottom.

The Letter H – Example Words

Now let's see the letter H in action. We can find the letter H at the beginning of words: "Hannah helps her brother Hector." Here, the letter H begins both the name Hannah and Hector, and the word helps, showcasing its /h/ sound.

The letter H can also appear in the middle or end of words, such as in "behind" or "oh". Additionally, the letter H likes being in words with silent letters, particularly when it follows the letter G, as in "ghost" or "ghastly." Finally, the letter H is a common letter in consonant digraphs.

Words with the Letter H

The letter H is versatile, appearing in a variety of words. Here's a table displaying words that begin with, contain, or end with the letter H:

Begin With Contain End With
house behind oh
horse which although
happy whale truth
hill ghost high

The Letter H – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter H is the eighth letter of the English alphabet.
  • It represents the /h/ sound, which is unvoiced and aspirated.
  • The letter H can be silent in some words, particularly when paired with other consonants like G.
  • Recognizing both uppercase "H" and lowercase /h/ is crucial for developing reading and writing skills.

Continue practicing the letter H with interactive games, engaging worksheets, and hands-on activities. Before long, you'll be spotting and writing the letter H with ease!

The Letter H – Frequently Asked Questions

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Transcript The Letter H

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden ... and learn all about… "The Letter ". This is the letter , it makes the sound /h/. This is an uppercase ... and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /h/ sound. like in ... happy , ... hand , ... and hop ! Let's practice the /h/ sound with Kala! "/h/ , /h/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter ? "There are hearts (...) that starts with the letter !" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with ? "There's a hen (...) 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 /h/ 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 HORSE and HEDGEHOG 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 H 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 H.
  • Which one is the correct letter?


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

    This animal is a _____.

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


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

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word hen starts with the sound.

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


    The correct sound is /h/.

  • Find the objects that begin with "h".


    There are 5 items that start with /h/ 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 h are:

    • hook
    • hot dog
    • honey
    • hamster
    • hole
  • What is the word?


    Listen carefully. All of the words start with /h/ but what other sounds can you hear?

    Listen to the word, it ends with a /t/.

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


    The words are:

    1. him
    2. hut
    3. hill
    4. hum
  • Help Kala find the objects that begin with "h".


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

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

    There are two correct choices.


    Hat and ham start with /h/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


    Listen carefully to this word. Do you hear h at the beginning?

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

    There are 3 words that begin with h and 3 words that don't.


    House, hospital and hammock start with h.

    Car, chair and mouse do not.