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The Letter W


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The Letter W

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Introduction to the Letter W

Today's exploration delves into a particularly versatile and widely used letter in our language—the letter W. It plays a crucial role in numerous fundamental words. Whether you are crafting a narrative or expanding your vocabulary, mastering the letter W is essential for developing proficient reading and writing skills.

Understanding the Letter W – Definition and Sounds

The letter W is the 23rd letter in the English alphabet, characterized by its distinct and often resonant sound, which phonetically approximates /w/ .

This letter is a consonant, and its articulation involves rounding the lips and creating a voiced sound. The phonetic presence of the letter W is prominent in words such as window, wonder, and whale.

What sound does the letter W make?
Can you name a word that begins with the letter W?
How do you use your mouth to make the letter W sound?

Writing the Letter W – How to?

Writing the letter W is straightforward and involves a series of simple lines. To write the uppercase W, begin at the top left, draw a diagonal line down to the right, then draw another diagonal line up to the right, followed by another diagonal line down to the right, and finish with a final diagonal line up to the right. For the lowercase w, replicate the same pattern on a smaller scale, starting in the middle.

The Letter W – Example Words and Sentences

The letter W is versatile and widely utilized, appearing at the beginning, middle, and end of words. For instance, Wendy watched whales while wandering by the waterfront. In this sentence, the letter W is used at the start of several words, demonstrating its frequent usage and adaptability.

Words with the Letter W

The letter W is relatively common and can be found in a variety of words. Here is a comprehensive list of words that prominently feature this letter:

Begin With Contain End With
water downward show
window sandwich snow
whale twenty glow
wisdom between follow

The Letter W – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter W is known for its distinctive resonant sound, phonetically represented as /w/ .
  • It is the 23rd letter in the English alphabet.
  • Writing the letter W involves drawing a series of diagonal lines.
  • The letter W can appear at the beginning, middle, or end of words.

Continue to explore the fascinating world of letters with our interactive lessons and printable activities. The letter W is just one integral part of your linguistic journey!

The Letter W – Frequently Asked Questions

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Transcript The Letter W

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden and learn all about "The Letter W". This is the letter W, it makes the sound /W/. This is an uppercase W and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /W/ sound like in well, water, and wing! Let's practice the /W/ sound with Kala! "/W/, W , /W/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter W? " There's a windmill; that starts with the letter W!" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with /W/? "There's a wheel that also begins with the letter W!" Uh-oh! W is hiding with other letters! Can you help find the letter W 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 W, we listened to and made the /W/ sound! We found words that began with the letter W and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and see if you can find the worm, the wolf, and the wagon 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 X!

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


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

    This huge mammal is a ____.

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


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

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word worm starts with the sound.

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


    The correct sound is /w/.

  • Find the objects that begin with "w".


    There are 5 items that start with w 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 start with w are:

    • witch
    • window
    • watch
    • whistle
    • wasp
  • What is the word?


    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. win
    2. wig
    3. worm
    4. wag
  • Help Kala find the objects that begin with "w".


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

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

    There are two correct choices.


    Wall and web start with /w/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


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

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

    There are 3 words that start with w, and 3 words that do not start with w.


    Wolf, wizard, and windmill have w at the beginning.

    Rainbow, yellow, and arrow do not start with w.