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The Letter S


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The Letter S

Basics on the topic The Letter S

Introduction to the Letter S

Dive into the serpentine world of the letter S! Not only is it the 19th letter of the English alphabet, but it also mimics the slithering of a snake with its shape and sound. Whether it's in words like sun or snake, the letter S plays a crucial role in language learning, offering a unique sound that enhances our speaking and reading skills.

Understanding the Letter S – Definition and Sounds

The letter S is the 19th letter of the English alphabet and is known for its hissing /s/ sound, similar to the sound a snake makes.

This distinctive character appears in countless words, and learning its sound is vital for literacy. The letter S can sometimes be tricky because it also appears to make a /z/ sound in some words like rose or nose, depending on its placement and the surrounding letters.

What sound does the letter S typically make?
Can you name two words that start with the letter S?
Is the letter S ever silent in words?

Writing the Letter S – How to?

Writing the letter S can be a smooth and enjoyable experience. To write the uppercase S, start at the top and draw a curve that goes down and to the left, then loops back to the right and down, forming a shape similar to a backward 'Z.' For the lowercase s, begin just below the middle line, draw a small curve to the left, then loop it back to the right and down, creating a smaller version of the uppercase S.

The Letter S – Example Uses and Applications

Let’s explore the usage of the letter S in various contexts. The uppercase S is often used at the beginning of sentences or proper nouns, while the lowercase 's' could appear anywhere in a word.

Words with the Letter S

The letter S is versatile, appearing at the beginning, middle, or end of words. Here’s a table showcasing various words categorized by where the letter 's' appears:

Begin With Contain End With
sun desert class
snake castle dress
sail listen bus

The Letter S – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter S is the 19th letter of the English alphabet and commonly makes a hissing /s/ sound.
  • It can appear at the beginning, middle, or end of words, adding versatility to its use.
  • Recognizing the letter S in different words and contexts is crucial for effective communication and literacy skills.
  • It is often spotted in S Ending Blends or S Beginning Blends

Continue enhancing your understanding of the letter S with interactive activities and games available on our platform. Explore, practice, and master the letter S through engaging resources!

The Letter S – Frequently Asked Questions

What are the common sounds of the letter S?
Can the letter S appear at the end of words?
Why is the letter S shaped like a snake?
How can I teach my child to write the letter S?
Is the letter S important in learning phonics?
What are some activities that can help practice the letter S?
Can the letter S be silent in any words?
How does the letter S contribute to plural forms?
Are there any special types of S, like symbols or special characters?

Transcript The Letter S

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden and learn all about "The Letter S". This is the letter S, it makes the sound /S/. This is an uppercase S and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /S/ sound like in sun, stick, and sock! Let's practice the /S/ sound with Dee and Kala! "/S/, S, /S/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter S? "There's a swan that starts with the letter S!" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with S? "There's a spider that also begins with the letter S!" Uh-oh! S is hiding with other letters! Can you help find the letter S 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 S, we listened to and made the /S/ sound! We found words that began with the letter S and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and see if you can find the skirt, the straw, and the spoon 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 T!

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


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

    We can see the ___ in the sky.

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


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

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word sock starts with the sound.

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


    The correct sound is /s/.

  • Find the objects that begin with s.


    There are 5 items that start with s 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 s are:

    • strawberry
    • slug
    • snowman
    • seal
    • salad
  • What is the word?


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

    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. sack
    2. sit
    3. sock
    4. bus
  • Help Kala find the objects that begin with s.


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

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

    There are two correct choices.


    Saw and sad start with /s/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


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

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

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


    Scooter, seed and sink have s at the beginning.

    Bags, glass and plus have s at the end.