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In This Video Explaining the Meaning of Uppercase Letters

Dee and Kala are reading the Alphabet Trail Map to figure out which path to hike today, when they notice something: why are some of the letters big and some of them small? In this video on uppercase letters, Dee and Kala learn all about uppercase, or capital, letters!.

What Is an Uppercase Letter?

Let’s learn more about the idea of an uppercase letter and see examples of uppercase letters with the following explanation.

Uppercase Letter Meaning

An uppercase letter is a letter that is written in its bigger form. All the letters in the alphabet have two sizes: big and little. Sometimes we call the big size capital letters, but it means the same thing as uppercase. Uppercase, or capital, letters reach from to the top, blue line, all the way to the bottom green line on a piece of paper.

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Sometimes uppercase letters look the same as the little ones, just bigger.

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Other times, uppercase letters look bigger and different than their smaller partners.

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For example if we do uppercase letter tracing, the uppercase B has two bellies. But after tracing the little b, we know it only has one.

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We can write the alphabet in all uppercase letters if we want to! But, we do not use them all the time. We use uppercase letters in special cases like when we write our names. The uppercase first letter is capitalized!

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Uppercase Letter Summary

  • Uppercase, or capital, letters are the big letters in the alphabet.

  • They reach from the top, blue line all the way to the bottom, green on a piece of paper.

  • Sometimes uppercase letters look the same as their little partner letters, just bigger. Other times, uppercase letters look bigger and a little different than their smaller buddies.

  • Uppercase letters are special, so we don’t use them all the time.

Uppercase Letter Practice

Have you done an uppercase letter practice worksheet yet? On this website, you can also find uppercase letter worksheets and uppercase letter activities.

Transcript Uppercase Letters

Dee and Kala are reading the Alphabet Trail Map to figure out which path to hike today when they notice something. “Why are some of the letters big and some of them small?” "Well, that’s because some of them are uppercase letters.” "What's that?" "Who’s that?" Let's help Dee and Kala by learning all about "Uppercase Letters"! All the letters in the alphabet have two sizes: big and little. The big letters are called uppercase letters. Sometimes they are called capital letters too, but it means the same thing. Uppercase, or capital, letters are taller. They reach from to the top, blue line, all the way to the bottom green line on a piece of paper. Sometimes uppercase letters look the same as the little ones, just bigger. Other times, uppercase letters look bigger and different than their smaller partners. See how the uppercase B has two bellies, but the little ‘b’ only has one? Or notice how the uppercase M reaches from top blue to the bottom green line, but the little ‘m’ only reaches the middle red line? We can write the alphabet in all uppercase letters if we want to! But in words, uppercase letters are special letters! We don’t use them all the time. We use uppercase letters in special cases. First let's take a look at some uppercase letters. Can you think of one place where you’ve seen an uppercase letter? In the beginning of your name! Can you find the uppercase letters in the names, Dee and Kala? Let's start with Dee's name. What letter is uppercase here? The D is uppercase because it is bigger than the other letters, reaching from the top, blue line to the bottom, green one. What about Kala's name, which letter is uppercase? The K is uppercase because it reaches from the blue line all the way to the green line! Let's look back at the name of the trail map. What letters are uppercase here? A, T, and M are all taller, uppercase letters in the name too. While Dee and Kala decide which trail to take today, let's remember. Today, we learned all about uppercase letters! Uppercase, or capital, letters are the big letters in the alphabet. They reach from the top, blue line all the way to the bottom, green on a piece of paper. Sometimes uppercase letters look the same as their little partner letters, just bigger. Other times, uppercase letters look bigger and a little different than their smaller buddies. Uppercase letters are special, so we don’t use them all the time. But we see them every time at the beginning of our names! "Let's take Uppercase Crest today!" "Ok! But let's not forget to thank our new friend for all her help...." "Hey, where'd she go?" "I guess she's pretty snappy for an old tortoise."

Uppercase Letters exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Uppercase Letters.
  • What is a capital letter?

    Hints

    Remember, capital letters can also be called uppercase letters!

    We use capital letters with names too!

    Solution

    Capital letters are also known as uppercase letters, but they are the same thing.

    Capital letters are used for special cases like the beginning of a name or the beginning of a sentence.

    Sometimes capital letters look the same as their smaller buddies, just bigger, but sometimes they look different.

  • What are the capital letters in this sentence?

    Hints

    Remember that capital letters are bigger than lowercase letters and would reach from the blue to the green line.

    Capital letters are used in special situations like at the beginning of a name. Here the capital letters are highlighted in green.

    Solution

    When looking for capital letters, remember that they will be bigger than other letters in the sentence. They are also used in special cases. Capital letters should be used for names (Dee and Kala) and at the beginning of sentences.

  • Where are the uppercase letters in the picture?

    Hints

    Remember, capital letters are bigger than lowercase letters.

    Lowercase letters are smaller than capital letters.

    Solution

    The letters K, P, and A are the capital letters in the picture. We can tell because they are bigger than the lowercase letters in the picture.

  • Which letters are uppercase and which are lowercase?

    Hints

    Uppercase letters are usually bigger than the lowercase letters

    An uppercase letter would stretch from the blue line to the green line on a piece of paper.

    Solution

    • The uppercase letters in this activity are N, P, T, and E.
    • The lowercase letters are n, p, t, and e.
    As you can see, the capital letters (in green) are bigger than their smaller buddies and stretch from the green to the blue line. The lowercase letters (in red) only reach the red line.

  • Which letters are uppercase?

    Hints

    Remember, capital letters are bigger than lowercase letters.

    Capital letters reach from the top of the blue line to the bottom of the green line.

    There are three capital letters to find.

    Solution

    The capital letters are "A", "M" and "B". We can tell that these are capital letters because they are bigger than the other options. The capital letters reach from the top blue line to the bottom green line on a piece of paper.

  • Which sentences have capital letters in the correct spots?

    Hints

    Capital letters should be used for the first letter in names. Here, the capital letters are highlighted in green.

    Capital letters are used for the first letter in a sentence. Here the T is uppercase.

    Solution

    The two correct sentences are Dee and Kala like hiking. and Dee and Kala are hiking the Alphabet Trail. Capital letters should be used at the beginning of names (Dee and Kala, Alphabet Trail) and should be used as the first letter in a sentence.