D Words for Kids

Explore our collection of D words for kids below, ready to be utilized in vocabulary lessons. We’ve also provided some fun text ideas that you can use by copying and pasting into your lesson materials.

Hello, Rocky Mountains! 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. 

D has packed its duffle bag for Denver, Colorado! During D’s trip, D is excited to learn about different syllable features and patterns through with the help of some wonderful word lists in D’s duffle bag. D is looking forward to exploring all of the fun places in Denver, reviewing technology words that begin with “d”, and learning all about communication words, like emotions, that start with the letter “d”. Let’s journey to Denver for a day of elevated exploring 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: D journeys to Larimer Square for a tasty breakfast in a busy and lively space. There’s so much to see and do in this bustling downtown area. D’s first reading adventure in Denver is to learn all about CVC words. 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 “d.” Let’s see what D sees!

dabdendipdot
daddewdisdry
damdigdocdug
daydimdogdud

Closed Syllables: After breakfast, D heads to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater to get a tour and see a music performance. D is in awe of how big and beautiful this space is! After a busy morning of fun and music, D reads a list about 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.” Let’s review these words with D.

dampdawndolldropdud
dartdonedumpdotduck
deskdustdunkdabdog
dockdamduskdawdledrag

Open Syllables: While walking around Denver, D suddenly feels in the mood for a dinosaur adventure. Off to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to get a closer look at someJurassic bones! Wow! After a tour, D zips open its duffle and pulls out a list all about open syllables. Open syllables have a vowel sound that is long and ends with a vowel. Because there is no consonant after the vowel, 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. Let’s review with D!

datingdetaindegradedetentionduty
drapingdealerdeplanedopeydutiful
deeperdinosaurDaytonadosesdummy
demondiagramDaviddiverDuluth

Silent Vowel Pairs (or Teams): D decides to head to another museum dedicated to space: the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum! Dynamite! D stops for a break under an antique airplane and reviews another list– this time it’s silent vowel pairs. Silent vowel pairs have two vowels together: one of them stays silent. 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. Below is a list of words that begin with “d” that have a silent vowel pair.

dreamdrooldoubtdeepdear
droopdrieddraindousedeer

R-Controlled Vowels: D is curious about aquatic life and wants to dive deep into the marine world. A quick cab ride delivers D to the Denver Aquarium! While viewing the shark exhibit, D finds a nice bench to rest on and pulls another list from its duffle bag. This list is all about “R” and how it 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.” d reviews the list below:

darkdorkdirtydorsaldirt
dartdoordarknessdarndarling
dancerdartboarddoctordinnerdoorstep
dormdangerdaughterdessertdoorbell

Final Stable Syllables: D enjoys all of the museums and the chance to explore and learn! The next stop brings D to the 16th Street Mall to purchase some souvenirs for its family. D grabs a drink and looks at its next list of final stable syllables. Final stable syllables are found in the final (last or lattermost) position of words. These syllables contain a consonant and one of the following vowel 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). Here’s the list that D reads:

dabbledeliciousdisabledrizzledetention
doubledestinationdiscipledufflederision
dazzledecisiondivisiondurationdelusion
denturedirectiondoodledefinitiondangle

“D” in Animals: Later on, D visits the Denver Zoo! With more than 4,000 animals, this zoo is certainly worth a visit! So much to see, learn, and discover! Explore animals from all over the globe, all of which begin with the letter, “d.”

deerdonkeyduckdragonflydove
dolphindingodogDalmatiandonkey

“D” in Technology: After the zoo, D gets a grumble in its tummy and decides to dive into local dishes! As D stops for a drink and some delicious Mexican food, D pulls out the next list from its duffle bag. This one is all about technology. Here’s what D sees!

databasedesktopdocumentdronedebug
downloaddigitaldrivedashboarddevice

“D” in Communication: Before D leaves for the day, D decides to get a view of Mount Elbert, Denver’s tallest peak! D takes a selfie and finally rests its feet. Phew! D takes a break and reads another list. These are important words! Here are nouns, adjectives, and verbs that readers and communicators should become familiar with.

determineddialoguedreamydiversitydirect
delightfuldirectdutifuldedicationdirection
dependabledisciplineddeepdecisivedisagree
descriptiondescriptivedependencedifferentdisappoint
dynamicdrivendarediscussdiscomfort
daringdutydeliverdiscussiondisbelief