P Words for Kids

Below, you’ll find our list of P words for kids that can be adapted for vocabulary lessons. We’ve also provided some fun text ideas that you can use by copying and pasting into your lesson materials.

Please, please, please can we go?! It’s time for P to visit Portland! 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. 

P has packed its purse for Portland, Oregon! During P’s trip, P is excited to learn about different syllable features and patterns with the help of word lists in P’s purse. Perfect! P is looking forward to exploring Portland, reviewing technology words that begin with “p”, and learning all about communication words, like emotions, traits, and other words that start with the letter “p”. Let’s journey to Portland for a memorable experience in America’s Pacific Northwest! 

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: Phew! P can’t resist Powell’s City of Books, a paradise for bookworms. P gets lost in aisles of picture books and more. P finds a nice reading nook to explore the very first list in its purse. The 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 that begin with the letter “p.” Let’s ponder with P!


Closed Syllables: P hops aboard the Portland Aerial Tram, passing through the city’s skyline at breathtaking heights! P spots bridges, parks, and the sparkling river below. As the tram enjoys a brief pause, P digs through its purse for the next list: this one 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 P.


Open Syllables: P decides to stop for some Portland cuisines in a nearby park. P enjoys a mouthwatering delight of biscuits and gravy! “Pleeeease, can I have some more?” P inquires. After some fingerlicking, P’s purse pops open to reveal the next list 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 pick through with P!


Silent Vowel Pairs (or Teams): Pssst! Over here! Excited to learn more about Portland’s history, P visits the Pittock Mansion, a palatial home with stunning views. P admires antique furniture and elegant décor of the past. P takes a moment to peek inside its purse and finds a word study 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 “p” that have a silent vowel pair.


R-Controlled Vowels: Curious about local culture, P attends a lively performance at the Portland Art Museum. P passes by the intricate artwork and expressive sculptures, captivated by Portland’s appreciation for creativity. P pauses and opens its purse to discover a word list 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.” P reviews the list below:


Final Stable Syllables: P explores the enchanting Portland Japanese Garden, a plush, serene oasis of beauty and tranquility. “Ah-haaaaa…” says P and it strolls through lush greenery, observing colorful koi fish and delicate bonsai trees. P puts up its feet for a while and looks in its purse for the next list. 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 P reads:


“P” in Animals: Pack up– it’s time for the Oregon Zoo! Between playful penguins and pretty peacocks, P is delighted by the animals and takes out a word study list from its purse. P enjoys a list of animals whose names begin with “p.” Some are prickly and others are puffy!

penguinporcupinepeacockplatypuspraying mantis

“P” in Technology: Let’s punch it over to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), an ultra exciting place that celebrates technology and science. P explores interactive exhibits and experiments and discovers fascinating facts about the world. P pauses to find a word study list in its purse. Phew! A short one! This next list is all about technology that begins with “p!” Keep your eyes peeled for these technology words in the world around you!


“P” in Communication: Kapow! P concludes its journey with a visit to the iconic Portland Saturday Market. This vibrant port of crafts, food, and music brings a lively atmosphere, plenty of handmade treasures, and endless live performances. P takes a final break, opens its purse, and ponders “p” words that every reader and communicator must know!

pantomimepeacefulpersonalityphone callpoliteness
participationpeer supportpersonal spaceplayfulnesspositivity
prideproblem-solvingpromotepronunciationpublic speaking