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The Letter X


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The Letter X

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Introduction to the Letter X

Today's exploration delves into a unique and exciting letter in our language—the letter X. It plays a crucial role in a variety of interesting words. Whether you are crafting a narrative or expanding your vocabulary, mastering the letter X is essential for developing proficient reading and writing skills.

Understanding the Letter X – Definition and Sounds

The letter X is the 24th letter in the English alphabet, characterized by its distinct and often sharp sound, which phonetically approximates /ks/ .

This letter is a consonant, and its articulation involves placing the back of the tongue against the soft palate and releasing a burst of air. The phonetic presence of the letter X is prominent in words such as box, six, and axis.

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

Writing the Letter X – How to?

Writing the letter X is simple and involves a few easy steps. To write the uppercase X, start at the top left, draw a diagonal line down to the right, then start at the top right and draw a diagonal line down to the left, crossing the first line in the middle. For the lowercase x, replicate the same pattern on a smaller scale.

The Letter X – Example Words and Sentences

The letter X is exciting and expressive, appearing in various positions within words. For instance, Max fixed the box with an extra mix of wax. In this sentence, the letter X is used in multiple places, showcasing its unique sound and versatility.

Words with the Letter X

The letter X, while less common, is found in a variety of intriguing words. Let's look at a list of words that feature this letter prominently:

Begin With Contain End With
xylophone extra box
x-ray excited fox
xenon axis six
xerox text relax

The Letter X – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter X is known for its distinct sharp sound, phonetically represented as /ks/ .
  • It is the 24th letter in the English alphabet.
  • Writing the letter X involves drawing two diagonal lines that cross in the middle.
  • The letter X 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 X is just one integral part of your linguistic journey!

The Letter X – Frequently Asked Questions

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Transcript The Letter X

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden and learn all about "The Letter X". This is the letter X, it makes the sound /ks/. This is an uppercase X and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /ks/ sound like in x-ray, taxi, and flex! Let's practice the /ks/ sound with Kala! "/ks/, X, /ks/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that has the /ks/ sound? "There's a T. rex; that has the /ks/ sound!" Is there anything else in the garden with a letter X in it? "There's the number six that ALSO has a letter X!" Uh-oh! X is hiding with other letters! Can you help find the letter X 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 X; we listened to and made the /ks/ sound! We found words that have the letter X and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and see if you can find the saxophone, the box, and the exit 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 !

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


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

    This is a ___.

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


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

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word fox has this sound at the end.

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


    The correct sound is /x/.

  • Find the objects that have "x" in them.


    There are 5 items that have x in 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 have x in are:

    • x-ray
    • axe
    • six
    • mixer
    • hexagon
  • 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. fix
    2. mix
    3. pox
    4. wax
  • Help Kala find the objects that end with "x".


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

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

    There are two correct choices.


    Fox and box end with /x/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


    Listen carefully to this word. Do you hear x in the word?

    Listen carefully to this word. Do you hear x in the word?

    There are 4 words that have x in and 2 words that do not.


    Fox, box, ox and taxi have x in them.

    Sun and hat do not.