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The Letter L


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The Letter L

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Learning About the Letter L – Introduction

Embark on an exciting adventure with the letter L, a versatile and essential component of our alphabet. The uppercase L stands tall and firm, while the lowercase 'l' is sleek and subtle. This letter is known for its distinct /l/ sound, found in words like lemon and lion. Today, we'll explore writing the letter L, learning words that start with L to enhance our understanding.

Understanding the Letter L – Definition and Sounds

The letter L is the twelfth letter in the English alphabet and is pronounced as /l/ in the phonetic language. It is characterized by its unique sound, which can be heard at the beginning, middle, or end of words.

The sound of the letter L is often soft and fluid, making it a commonly used letter in the English language. It's important for both reading fluency and writing clarity.

What sound does the letter L typically make?
Can you think of a word that ends with the letter L?
Is the letter L a consonant or a vowel?

Writing the Letter L – How to?

Writing the Letter L is straightforward and can be a lot of fun, especially when exploring different fonts. The uppercase 'L' starts with a vertical stroke from top to bottom, followed by a horizontal stroke at the bottom. The lowercase 'l' is a simple vertical line, often with a slight curve at the bottom.

Can you draw a big 'L' in the sky with your finger? Now, can you make a tiny 'l' on your palm?
Which style of the letter L is your favorite? Can you draw the letter L in that style?

The Letter L – Example Words and Sentences

The letter L is lively and can be found at the beginning, middle, and end of words. For instance, Lily the lion loved licking lemon lollipops. Here, the letter L is used at the start of several words, demonstrating its frequent usage and versatility.

Words with the Letter L

The letter L is quite common, so let's look at a list of words that feature this letter prominently:

Begin With Contain End With
lion yellow ball
lemon planet fall
lollipop elephant call
lamp melody hill

Learning About the Letter L – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter L is the twelfth letter in the English alphabet and is a consonant, it is often found in consonant blends.
  • It has a distinctive /l/ sound and is used in various positions in words.
  • Writing the letter L can be practiced in different fonts and styles.
  • There are many words that start with L, which are useful for building vocabulary.

Keep up the fantastic work with the letter L and explore more interactive content on our website, like practice problems, videos, and printable worksheets, to continue your educational journey.

Learning About the Letter L – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the sound of the letter L?
Can the letter L appear at the end of words?
What are some fun ways to practice writing the letter L?
How do you write an uppercase letter L?
What is a word that starts with the letter L?
Why is the letter L important to learn?
Are there different sounds for the letter L?
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Is there a difference between writing the uppercase L and the lowercase l?

Transcript The Letter L

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden ... and learn all about… "The Letter ". This is the letter , it makes the sound /L/. This is an uppercase ... and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /L/ sound. like in ... late , ... leg , ... and in leaf ! Let's practice the /l/ sounds with Kala! "/l/ (...) , (...) /l/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter ? "There's a lion (...) that starts with the letter !" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with ? "There's a ladybug (...) 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 /l/ 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 LIZARD and LOBSTER 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 L 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 L.
  • Which one is the correct letter?


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

    To see better we can use a ____.

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


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

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word leaf starts with the sound.

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


    The correct sound is /l/.

  • Find the objects that begin with l.


    There are 5 items that start with l 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 l are:

    • lamp
    • lamb
    • lemon
    • lighthouse
    • lolly
  • What is the word?


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

    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. lock
    2. fill
    3. lid
    4. lip
  • Help Kala find the objects that begin with l.


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

    There are two correct choices.


    Leg and log start with /l/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


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

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

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


    Lantern, llama and lady have l at the beginning.

    Bell, shell and doll have l at the end.