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The Letter O


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The Letter O

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Introduction to the Letter O

Welcome to the wonderful world of the alphabet, where we meet the letter O, a vowel that's as round and open as the mouth when we say its name. It's a key player in the alphabet and a letter you'll often see in reading and writing. Let's discover more about this fascinating letter together!

Understanding the Letter O – Definition and Sounds

The letter O is the fifteenth letter in the English alphabet and is classified as a vowel. It has two primary sounds: the long O sound, which is like the /O/ in open, and the short O sound, which is like the /o/ in octopus.

The letter O is versatile and appears in many words, contributing significantly to the English language. Learning the different sounds it makes is crucial for developing reading skills. For example, the long O sound can be heard in the word "bone," while the short O sound is in the word "pot."

What is the long sound that the letter O makes?
Can you name a word that has the short O sound?
Where does the letter O fall in the English alphabet?

Writing the Letter O – Practice and Tips

Writing the letter O is simple and fun! The uppercase 'O' is just like drawing a circle. Start at the top, curve around to the left, down, and back up to the top. The lowercase 'o' is a smaller circle. Try practicing your 'O's on our website with interactive activities!

The Letter O – Example in Words and Sentences

Now, let's see the letter O in action. In the word October the letter O is at the beginning with its short sound. In the sentence, Olivia owns one orange orchid the letter O begins each word and has the long sound in owns and the short sound in orange.

Words with the Letter O

The letter O is omnipresent in the English language. Here's a table with words that begin with, contain, and end with the letter O:

Begin With Contain End With
octagon robot echo
ostrich emotion buffalo
ocean moment zero
over color hero

The Letter O – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter O is the fifteenth letter of the English alphabet and a vowel.
  • It has both a long and a short sound.
  • Recognizing both uppercase "O" and lowercase "o" is important for developing reading and writing skills.

Keep practicing the letter O with engaging activities, and don't forget to look for it in your favorite books. The more you use it, the better you'll get!

The Letter O – Frequently Asked Questions

What are the two primary sounds of the letter O?
Is the letter O always pronounced the same in every word?
Can you give an example of a word that ends with the letter O?
What is an example of a word that contains the letter O?
Why is it important for kids to learn the letter O?
Do the long and short sounds of the letter O appear in the same types of words?
What are some fun activities for practicing the letter O?
How can I help my child remember the sounds of the letter O?
What are effective strategies for teaching the letter O?
Can you name a famous place that starts with the letter O?

Transcript The Letter O

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden and learn all about "The Letter O". This is the letter O. It makes the sounds /o/ and /o/. This is an uppercase O and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /o/ and /o/ sounds like in open, ocean, and ox. Let's practice the O sounds with Kala and Dee! "/o/ O /o/!" /ah/ like dot] "/ah/ O /ah/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter O? "There's an octopus!" "Octopus starts with the letter O!" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with O? "There's an oval balloon that also begins with the letter O!" Uh-oh! O is hiding with other letters! Can you help find the letter O 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 O. We listened to and made the long /o/ sound and the short /ah/ sound. We found words that began with the letter O and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and see if you can find the oven, the otter, and olive hidden in the garden Comment below when you find them! If you want to learn more, check out the next letter in the alphabet, the letter P!

  1. Well done! Keep up the good work and you'll be smarter than your teacher in no time!

    From Carrie V., about 1 year ago
  2. I found all of them

    From Cristiano, about 1 year ago

The Letter O 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 O.
  • Which one is the correct letter?


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

    The switch is __.

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


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

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word on starts with the sound.

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


    The correct sound is /o/.

  • Find the objects that begin with "o".


    There are 4 items that start with o to highlight.

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

    Listen carefully to the names of the objects.


    The four items that begin with o are:

    • orangutan
    • olive
    • octagon
    • ox
  • What is the word?


    Listen carefully. Does the word start with o or does it have o in the middle?

    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. off
    2. dot
    3. pop
    4. moss
  • Help Kala find the objects that begin with "o".


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

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

    There are two correct choices.


    Orange and office start with /o/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


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

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

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


    Ostrich and octopus have o at the beginning.

    Dog, cot, sock and log have o in the middle.