H Words for Kids
Take a look at our assortment of H words for kids below, which can be incorporated into vocabulary lessons. We’ve also provided some fun text ideas that you can use by copying and pasting into your lesson materials.
Howdy, Houston! 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.
H has packed its handbag for Houston, Texas! During H’s trip, H is excited to learn about different syllable features and patterns with the help of some wonderful word lists in H’s handbag. H is looking forward to exploring Houston, reviewing technology words that begin with “h”, and learning all about communication words, like emotions, that start with the letter “h”. Let’s journey to Houston for a day of BIG Texas touring and reading fun!
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: H visits the Houston Museum of Natural Science. H embarks on a journey through time and space with dinosaur skeletons, sparkling gems, and a planetarium. Holy cow! After all the excitement, H decides to take a break and review the first word list in its handbag. CVC words are one of the building blocks of early literacy. Examples of CVC words include “cat,” “sit,” and “fun.” Below is a short list of consonant-vowel-consonant words that begin with the letter “h.” Let’s see what H sees!
Closed Syllables: Hooray! The next stop brings just as much fun. H is on a wild adventure through the animal kingdom. From playful monkeys to majestic lions, H encounters creatures from all around the world. After some animal spotting, H finds a cozy spot and takes a break to relax. The next list from H’s handbag is all 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 H.
Magic E and Open Syllables: H is excited for the next adventure! H takes a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. With so many interactive exhibits, H learns about the wonders of chemistry, physics, and biology. H feels a little tired after all of the fun, so they decide to have a snack and review another word list. “E” becomes a magical letter when it’s placed at the end of a word. Although the “e” is silent, it cues the other vowels in the word to pronounce themselves more loudly. 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. Let’s review with H!
Silent Vowel Pairs (or Teams): Houston, we’re ready for takeoff! H visits the Houston Space Center and holds a moonrock, learns about how to become an astronaut, and even sits in a replica space shuttle. Although fun, H needs a little space from… space.. and decides to hydrate while looking at a new word list. 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 “h” that have a silent vowel pair.
R-Controlled Vowels: The museums are fun, but H also decides it’s time to get outside. H heads to Hermann Park. With so much greenery and sparkling lakes, H soaks in the sun and even has a great time during a paddleboat ride. After all the fun, H finds a shady spot under a big oak tree to hang out and enjoy a picnic. H’s next 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.” H reviews the list below:
Final Stable Syllables: “Hey, History!” says H as they step into the Houston Museum of Natural History, a world of ancient civilizations and prehistoric wonders. H encounters mummies, explores ancient Egyptian tombs, and even gets to dig for dinosaur fossils. After a thrilling expedition, H takes a selfie in front of a huge sarcophagus and reads another list. Final 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 H reads:
“H” in Animals: Later in the day, H dives into the Houston Aquarium. Surrounded by colorful fish and fascinating sea creatures, H gets to touch stingrays, watch playful dolphins, and even see sharks up close– holy cow! H finds a quiet spot by a mesmerizing jellyfish and pulls out the list of “h” animals to enjoy a quiet moment of learning.
“H” in Technology: H is feeling innovative and curious, so it makes sense to go to Houston’s Discovery Green! H spends a day at this vibrant park filled with green spaces, fun art installations, and a hydrating splash pad. After some fun, H digs into their handbag for a brand new list. This one is all about technology. Here’s what H sees!
“H” in Communication: For its last stop in Houston, H visits the Houston Museum of Fine Arts: H is absolutely head over heels with the stunning paintings to intricate sculptures in this museum. After much touring and viewing, H finds a comfy seat in an art-inspired lounge and takes a break to dig into their handbag for one final list. Oh, these are important words! Here are nouns, adjectives, and verbs that readers and communicators should become familiar with.