N Words for Kids

Explore our collection of N 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.

Next stop: Nashville, Tennessee! 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. 

N, who is very musically-inclined, has packed its guitar case for Nashville! During N’s trip, N is excited to learn about different syllable features and patterns with the help of some wonderful word lists in N’s guitar case. N is looking forward to exploring Nashville, reviewing technology 

words that begin with “n”, and learning all about communication words, like emotions, traits, and other words that start with the letter “n”. Let’s journey to Music City for a neat day of tunes and touring! 

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: N starts its Nashville adventure on the legendary Music Row, where the city’s music industry jives and thrives. It taps its letter feet to the rhythm of live music pouring out from all over– such variety and sound! With a melodic hum, N decides to take a short rest before moving on to its next musical voyage! N’s first word list is about CVC words. CVC words have a specific order: one consonant, followed by a vowel, followed by another consonant. Examples of CVC words include “cat,” “sit,” and “fun.” These words are important to learn because they help readers develop their phonemic awareness, which is the ability to identify and manipulate the individual sounds in words. Below is a short list of consonant-vowel-consonant words that begin with the letter “n.” Let’s see what N sees! 

nabnapnetnilnod
nagNednewnipnot
nixnunnutNatnub

Closed Syllables: It’s all Greek to us! N ventures to Centennial Park, home of the Nashville Parthenon—a full-scale replica of the ancient Greek Parthenon across the world. N gazes up at the majestic columns, feeling like it’s stepped into a mythological wonderland. With a sense of awe, N decides to take a short rest before its next adventure. The next list in N’s guitar case 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 N.

napnilnognutnemesis
nestnipnumbnothingnutty
netnodnunnappednitpick

Open Syllables: N’s excitement reaches its peak as it arrives at the iconic Grand Ole Opry, the major center of country music. N grooves to live performances by talented musicians, sings along to beloved tunes, and embraces the true spirit of Nashville’s music culture. Filled with harmony, N decides to take a short rest before its next toe-tapping adventure. The next list in N’s case is 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 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 N!

nobodynitratenoseynilenorth
noticenutritionnotifyneedlenope
notificationnavynavigatenavigatornuance
nascentNadinenodenotion

Silent Vowel Pairs (or Teams): N takes a leisurely stroll across the Nashville Pedestrian Bridge, which spans the Cumberland River. It enjoys breathtaking views of the city’s skyline and feels the gentle river breeze. N takes some nice photos of the river and sits quietly on a bench to take in the sights and do some reading. 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 “n” that have a silent vowel pair.

nailneedleneaterneednuisance
neatneedednearsightednearbynails
neithernearlynoonnoodlename-tag

R-Controlled Vowels: Get us some water! N’s taste buds tingle with excitement as it indulges in the fiery and flavorful Nashville Hot Chicken. Weeehooo! N savors each spicy bite, experiencing the perfect harmony of heat and flavor– with the help of a cool glass of lemonade. With a satisfied tummy, N decides to take a short rest before its next culinary delight. 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.” N reviews the list below:

nerdynervousnarrativenorthernnursing
nerdnurserynormalNordicnirvana
narcoticnuturtingnourishmentnormalizenever
nursenourishnurturernormalcynearer
nervenarrownotarynernipper
narcneighbornectarineneural

Final Stable Syllables: N gets deeper into the music scene at the Country Music Hall of Fame, where it learns about the legends of country music. It admires memorabilia and listens to classic tunes. So much to see! N decides to take a short rest before continuing its musical journey. This next list from N’s guitar case is all about 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 N reads:

nibblenoblenutritionnestlenotable
nimblenoodlenuzzlenoxiousnozzle

“N” in Animals: Now that’s awesome! N immerses itself in the vibrant energy of Broadway, Nashville’s bustling entertainment district. It dances along the neon-lit streets, enjoying live music from every corner. With a skip in its step, N decides to take a short rest before its next rhythm-filled adventure. N’s next list is all about nature’s citizens: animals! Explore animals from all over the globe, all of which begin with the letter, “n.”

newtnumbatnutrianuthatchnumbfish
narwhalnightingalenandunenenudibranch

“N” in Technology: N finds itself enchanted by the Nashville Opryland Resort, a sprawling complex of lush gardens, cascading waterfalls, and indoor atriums. It wanders through the botanical wonders, enjoying the tranquility of nature amidst a vibrant city. N cools down for a while and decides to take a short rest before its next adventure. This next list is all about technology that begins with “n!” Let’s look at the list from N’s guitar case:

networknavigationnanonanobotnitro
nanotechnologynotificationNFTnoise-cancelling

“N” in Communication: The final stop is the Frist Art Museum, a captivating cultural hub in downtown Nashville. N immerses itself in captivating exhibits, marveling at paintings, sculptures, and interactive installations. With a mind filled with inspiration, N decides to take a short rest before ending the day and heading home. Here are some “n” nouns, adjectives, and verbs that readers and communicators should become familiar with.

nastyneatnervousnitpicknoncompetitive
nonconformistnoteworthynurturingnoticeneglected
niftynaturalnicenervynonverbal
nurturednuttynonchalantnoticeablenoteworthy
numbnaughtynoblenuisancenoise
negligentnimbleneighborlynetworkedname