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The Letter I


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The Letter I

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Introduction to the Letter I

Dive into the fascinating world of vowels with the letter I. As the ninth letter of the alphabet, it plays an important role in reading and writing. Understanding this letter is key to mastering the English language and expanding one’s vocabulary. Join us as we learn about the letter I and its different sounds.

Understanding the Letter I – Definition and Sounds

The letter I is a vowel and the ninth letter in the English alphabet. It primarily has two sounds: the short I sound, which is pronounced as /i/ , like in "igloo," and the long I sound, which is pronounced as /eye/ , like in "ice cream."

These sounds are used very often in the English language, and telling them apart is crucial for proper pronunciation. The short I sound is more closed and quick, while the long I sound is drawn out and open. Learning more about Long and Short Vowels will be helpful here. The letter I does not like being alone, rather it forms Vowel pairs and Vowel teams with other letters.

What is the short sound that the letter I makes?
Can you name a word that has the long "I" sound?
Is the letter I more frequently used as a vowel or a consonant?

Writing the Letter I – How to?

Writing the letter I is straightforward. Start with the uppercase I by drawing a single vertical line, and in print, add horizontal lines at the top and bottom. The lowercase 'i' includes a single vertical line with a dot above it. Enhance your writing skills further with exercises and activities available on our website.

The Letter I – Example Sentences and Words

The letter I is versatile and can be found at the beginning, middle, or end of words. Here are some example sentences that showcase the different sounds of the letter I:

  • "The insect buzzed inside the igloo."
  • "She found the ice to be incredibly cold."

Words with the Letter I

Check out this table which displays words that begin with, contain, or end with the letter I:

Begin With Contain End With
insect finding kiwi
igloo light taxi
ice pencil spaghetti
island digit

The Letter I – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter I is a vowel and the ninth letter of the English alphabet.
  • It has both a short ( /i/ ) and a long ( /eye/ ) sound. Learning more about Long and Short Vowels will be helpful.
  • The letter I is often spotted in Vowel pairs and Vowel teams .

Practice the letter I through various fun activities and crafts, and watch as it becomes a familiar friend in your daily reading and writing!

The Letter I – Frequently Asked Questions

What are the two sounds of the letter I?
Is the letter I always pronounced the same in every word?
Can the letter I be a word by itself?
What is an example of a word that starts with the letter I?
How do you teach a child to write the letter I?
Why is it important for kids to learn the letter I?
Do vowels always make the same sound in every word?
What are some activities to help kids learn the letter I?
How can I help my child remember the sounds of the letter I?
What are some crafts that can reinforce learning the letter I?

Transcript The Letter I

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden ... and learn all about… "The Letter ". This is the letter , it makes the sounds /i/ and /i/. This is an uppercase ... and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /I/ sounds. like in ... ice-cream , ... igloo , ... and in [exaggerate the short i sound; the word "in" is the example]! Let's practice the /i/ sounds with Dee and Kala! "/i/ , /i/!" "/i/ , /i/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter ? "There's an iguana (...) that starts with the letter !" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with ? "There's an ice cube (...) 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 /i/ 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 IRON and ISLAND 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 I 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 I.
  • Which one is the correct letter?


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

    This is an _____.

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


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

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word in starts with the sound.

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


    The correct sound is /i/.

  • Find the objects that begin with "i".


    There are 4 items that start with "i" to highlight.

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

    Listen carefully to the names of the objects.

    An inhaler is used by someone who has asthma to help them breathe.


    The four items that begin with i are:

    • insect
    • inhaler
    • iguana
    • ink
  • What is the word?


    What sound does the word start with?

    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:

    1. tin
    2. pin
    3. sing
    4. fill
  • Help Kala find the color that begins with "i".


    Listen to the sound. Which color begins with this sound?

    Say all of the colors out loud. In which one do you hear the /i/ sound at the beginning?

    There is one correct choice.


    Indigo starts with /i/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


    Listen carefully to this word. Do you hear i at the beginning or in the middle?

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

    There are 2 words that begin with i and 4 words that have i in the middle.


    Ill and indoors have i at the beginning.

    Bin, pink, fig and mix have i in the middle.