O Words for Kids

Check out our selection of O words for kids below, suitable for vocabulary lessons. We’ve also provided some fun text ideas that you can use by copying and pasting into your lesson materials.

Okay, okay, okay! We’re in Omaha, Nebraska! 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. 

O has packed its bags for Omaha, NE! During O’s trip, O is excited to learn about different syllable features and patterns with the help of some wonderful word lists in O’s bag. O is looking forward to exploring Omaha, reviewing technology words that begin with “o”, and learning all about communication words, like emotions, traits, and other words that start with the letter “o”. 

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: O’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.” Below is a short list of consonant-vowel-consonant words where “o” is in the vowel position. We’re on our way to seeing what O sees!

boxcobjobpoppot
hopnodmomfogdog
logrobdotsobtop
hotpodfoxrodmop

Closed Syllables: O travels back in time at the Durham Museum which is inside a magnificent, old train station. O marvels at the history and heritage of Omaha. Later on, O takes a break to learn about closed syllable words. 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 the words below with O!

oliveoperaorbitoperateOntario
onionoxygenoctopusoperationOxford
ostrichopulentorangeotterOliver
otterogleopportunityoddoption

Open Syllables: O takes a stroll along the scenic Heartland of America Park, mesmerized by the sparkling fountain and the breathtaking view of downtown Omaha. O says, “Oh my, oh my!” and takes a moment to explore open syllable words. 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. 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 O!

openodoromenobeliskOmaha
oceanobituaryoboeomitOlivia
oasisokayoatmealomissionocean
ovalopeningogreOhio

Silent Vowel Pairs (or Teams): O jumps into a world of fun at the Bounce-U Indoor Playground. O boinks and bops on inflatable slides and obstacles. Wooooo! O finds a quiet place to review silent vowel teams. 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 “o” that have a silent vowel pair as well as some words where “o” is the noisy vowel in the syllable.

oakoilyboatcoasttoe
oatoysterboastdoetomatoes
obeyoilroastsoakdominoes
oboeouncecoatcroakpotatoes

R-Controlled Vowels: O’s stomach growls and groans as it discovers the art of Omaha cuisine. At an opulent steakhouse, O sinks its teeth into a juicy steak. CHOMP! Nom, nom, nom! O takes a minute to digest and appreciate the great meal. O digs into its bag for another list– this one is all about “R”-controlled vowels. O is astounded by just how bossy R can be. R-controlled vowels happen when a vowel is controlled by the letter “r.” Examples of r-controlled vowels include “car,” “bird,” and “fern.” O reviews the list below:

orbitorchardorphanoralover
orderorchestraoreorganistoyster
organoriginoarornateoffer
orangeornamentorbitsoval

Final Stable Syllables: O’s imagination takes flight at Omaha’s Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. O gazes at towering aircrafts and enjoys all of the orbital delights. O finds a nice place to rest and digs into its bag for the next list. While hydrating and giving its feet a rest, O investigates 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 O reads:

observableogleorationovationoccupation
observationoptionorderableoccasion
occlusionoracleobjectionoverture

“O” in Animals: O continues its journey through Omaha, with a skip in its step, ready to explore the animal kingdom. At the Henry Doorly Zoo, O encounters roaring lions, swinging monkeys, and playful penguins. O learns that Henry Doorly was a celebrated citizen in Omaha! Neat! O finds a nice bench in front of the orangutan exhibit and opens its bag. Here’s a wild list of animals whose names begin with “O.”

octopusorangutanostrichorcaosprey
owlotteroxopossumocelot

“O” in Technology: Oh, wow! O dives into the world of technology and innovation at the Omaha Children’s Museum– O loves all of the buttons, gizmos, and opportunities to learn. After some time. This next list is all about technology that begins with “o!” These words are awfully important in the world of technology!

offlineonlineopen sourceorder trackingoptimization
on-demandonline gamingoperating systemOS

“O” in Communication: O is exhausted, but ready for one more opportunity to explore! That brings O to the Orpheum Theater. O gives a standing ovation to a dazzling performance, where dancers twirl and singers fill the air with enchanting melodies. O takes a final break to appreciate words that mean a lot to all of us: communication and expression words! Here are some “o” nouns, adjectives, and verbs that readers and communicators must know!

occupiedorganizedobservantopen-heartedoptimistic
optimizeorderlyobserveropen-mindedorator
opportunistoptionsopen-endedopinionoutgoing
openorneryoriginalopinionatedoutspoken