B Words for Kids

Here, we have a compilation of B words for kids that can be used in vocabulary lessons. We’ve also provided some fun text ideas that you can use by copying and pasting into your lesson materials.

In this series, our alphabet friends, A through Z, become tourists in America’s cities. At each of their stops, letters dig into their supplies in order to learn a new word study skill or vocabulary term. 

During B’s trip to Boston, B is excited to learn about different syllable features and patterns with the help of several word lists tucked away in B’s blue briefcase. B is looking forward to exploring landmarks in Boston, visiting “b”-named animals at the aquarium, reviewing technology words that begin with “b”, and learning all about communication words, like emotions, that start with the letter “b”. Let’s journey to Boston, Massachusetts for a day of New England tourism and reading adventures! 

Tip: Best educational practices related to word study include: read-alouds, discussion, and writing. It is important to build rich connections between readers and the vocabulary words they learn. For instance, discuss sample sentences and make other personal associations to bolster recall, decoding, and encoding. As always, remember that some words may require frontloading and framing depending on the learner’s age, background, and needs. Helpful reminders for readers: A vowel is a speech sound produced by letters a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y. A consonant is a speech sound produced by all of the other letters in the alphabet. 

CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) Words: B’s first adventure in Boston is to learn all about CVC words while having breakfast at the Boston Common, the oldest park in the whole city. B loves a delicious Boston Cream Donut in the morning! Yum! As B eats, B pulls a list of CVC words from its blue briefcase. CVC words are one of the building blocks of early literacy. These words consist of a consonant, followed by a vowel, followed by another consonant. Examples of CVC words include “cat,” “sit,” and “fun.” Below is a list of consonant-vowel-consonant words that begin with the letter “b.”


Closed Syllables: B’s next journey is to learn about closed syllables during a visit to a famous baseball field, Fenway Park. While exploring the stadium and its surroundings, “B” takes a break, has some hot dogs and baked beans, and reads a list of words that have closed syllables. When the vowel of a syllable is short, the syllable is closed off by one or more consonants. Examples of closed syllable words include “hat,” “pin,” and “dotted.” These types of words are important to learn because they are some of the most common words and eventually, many readers recognize these words by sight. Let’s see how these “b” words produce a closed syllable sound.


Open Syllables: While buzzing around Boston, B finally arrives at quite a sight– the USS Constitution! While visiting this historic and beautiful boat, B reviews the next list in its blue briefcase. Open syllables have a vowel sound that is long and ends with a vowel. Because there is no consonant after the vowel in the syllable, the vowel is able to make the long sound, which sounds exactly like the name of the letter that makes the sound in that syllable. Examples of open syllable words include “no,” “me,” and “hi.” The “o” in “no” sounds just like how “o” is identified by name. The “i” in “hi” sounds just like how “i” is identified by name. Below is a list of words that begin with “b” and contain an open syllable. Let’s help B find the long vowel sounds in each of these words.


Silent Vowel Pairs (or Teams): B settles down for a bit of lunch in Faneuil Hall, a marketplace, meeting hall, and center for gathering. From B’s blue briefcase, out comes a list of silent vowel pairs. Silent vowel pairs have two vowels together: one of them stays silent. Shhh! Examples of silent vowel pair words include “boat,” “rain,” and “suit.” Even though the vowels are a pair or team, the first vowel to appear in the pair makes the sound. For example, in “boat” the vowel sounds like an “o” because “o” comes first in the vowel pair/ team. Below is a list of words that begin with “b” that have a silent vowel pair. Can you spot the vowel teams and pairs? What do they sound like?


R-Controlled Vowels: After lunch, B journeys to Paul Revere’s House. Paul Revere was an American patriot and Founding Father. After B explores this historic home, B reviews the next list from the blue briefcase . The “R” can be a bossy letter. R-controlled vowels happen when a vowel is controlled by the letter “r.” Examples of r-controlled vowels include “car,” “bird,” and “fern.” Let’s see how the “r” controls the vowel in these “b” words:


Final Stable Syllables: As B’s day comes to a close, B boards a boat on the Charles River with the blue briefcase. While enjoying the sights, B reviews the next word list of final stable syllables. Final stable syllables are found in the final (last or lattermost) position of words. These syllables contain the following endings: -ble, -cle, -dle, -fle, -gle, -kle, -ple, -sle, -tle, -zle, -tion, -sion, -ture, -cian, -cious, and -tious. They are called “stable” because the pronunciation of each is reliable and predictable (always the same). Below is a list of words– some words may be familiar or unfamiliar, but all show the pattern of final stable syllables.


“B” in Animals: Blue whales, blowfish, barracudas! B is at the Boston Aquarium exploring the beauty of animals! The world is filled with interesting and exciting animals that live on land, in the water, and sometimes in the air. Explore animals from all over the globe, all of which begin with the letter, “b.”


“B” in Technology: As B continues to tour Boston, B sees that Boston is a historic city that is getting ready for the future. Like many cities, Boston will adapt to become more efficient and future-forward. As the 21st century advances, it brings an entirely new set of vocabulary to learn. Understanding these words and how they’re used in our world can help people use and recognize them in multiple contexts. Below are ten words from the world of technology that readers should become familiar with– all begin with “b.”


“B” in Communication: Garfield Park Conservatory As the day comes to a close, this busy B arrives at the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of a battle. This gives B time to sit, learn, and reflect on another valuable list of words that B can use in everyday life. Being able to express one’s emotions is an important part of interaction. Below are several words, including nouns, adjectives, and verbs: