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The Letter Z


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The Letter Z

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Introduction to the Letter Z

Today's journey is all about an interesting and zesty letter in our language—the letter Z. It's a distinctive letter that we encounter in many exciting words. Whether you're writing a story or learning new vocabulary, understanding the letter Z is key to becoming a great reader and writer.

Understanding the Letter Z – Definition and Sounds

The letter Z is the 26th and final letter in the English alphabet and is known for its buzzing sound, which phonetically sounds like /z/ .

It's a consonant, and when we say it, we place our tongue close to the roof of our mouth, keeping your teeth closed together, and let out a voiced sound. Remember, the sound of the letter Z can be heard in words like zebra, buzz, and fuzzy.

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

Writing the Letter Z – How to?

Writing the letter Z is simple and zigzaggy. To write the uppercase Z, start at the top, draw a horizontal line to the right, then draw a diagonal line down to the left, and finish with another horizontal line to the right. For the lowercase z, start in the middle, draw a horizontal line to the right, then a diagonal line down to the left, and finish with another horizontal line to the right.

The Letter Z – Example Words and Sentences

The letter Z is zesty and zestful, appearing at the beginning, middle, and end of words. For instance, Zara's zigzagging zebra zoomed zealously through the zoo. Here, the letter Z is used at the start of several words, showcasing its unique sound.

Words with the Letter Z

The letter Z is not as common, but it appears in many interesting words. Let's look at a list of words that feature this letter prominently:

Begin With Contain End With
zebra puzzle jazz
zero frozen buzz
zipper amazing fuzz
zone lizard whiz

The Letter Z – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter Z is known for its distinctive buzzing sound, represented phonetically as /z/ .
  • It is the 26th letter in the English alphabet.
  • Writing the letter Z involves drawing zigzag lines.
  • The letter Z can appear at the beginning, middle, or end of words.

Keep exploring the world of letters with our interactive lessons and printable activities. The letter Z is just one exciting part of your alphabetic adventure!

The Letter Z – Frequently Asked Questions

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Transcript The Letter Z

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden and learn all about "The Letter Z". This is the letter Z, it makes the sound /Z/. This is an uppercase Z and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /Z/, zero, and zucchini! Let's practice the /Z/ sound with Kala! "/Z/, Z, /Z/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter Z? " There's a zipper that begins with the letter Z!" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with Z? "There's a zebra that also starts with the letter Z!" Uh-oh! Z is hiding with other letters! Can you help find the letter Z 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 Z, we listened to and made the /Z/ sound! We found words that began with the letter Z and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and see if you can find the zigzag, zinnia, and zeppelin hidden in the garden! Comment below when you find them! If you want to practice all your letters again, check out the first letter in the alphabet, the letter A!

The Letter Z 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 Z.
  • 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 start with?


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

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word zap starts with the sound.

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


    The correct sound is /z/.

  • Find the objects that begin with "z".


    There are 5 items that start with z 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 z are:

    • zebra
    • zookeeper
    • zombie
    • zero
    • zip
  • What is the word?


    Listen carefully. Does the word end in a z?

    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. fizzy
    2. buzz
    3. zip
    4. zap
  • Help Kala find the objects that contain "z".


    Listen to the sound. Which words include this sound?

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

    There are two correct choices.


    Maze and lizard both include a /z/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


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

    There are 3 words that contain z and 3 words that do not contain z.


    Dizzy, size and puzzle contain z.

    Strawberry, car and sheep do not contain z.