S Words for Kids

Explore our collection of S 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.

Saddle up for Savannah! 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. 

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

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: S is in the mood for learning! S immerses itself in art and culture at the Telfair Museums, admiring beautiful paintings and sculptures. So satisfying! Inside S’s satchel, S discovers a word study list to further enhance its reading abilities.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.

sadsatsitsubsun
sagsetsixsudSam
sapsipsobsum

Closed Syllables: S scoots out of the museum to enjoy a delightful performance filled with laughter and creativity at the Savannah Children’s Theater. After singing and a selfie, S digs into its satchel for a word study list 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.”

saddlesevensisterspellingsummer
sandwichsilentsmilingspidersunflower
seasonsilversoccersquirrelsunset
secretsimplesolidsuddensupper

Open Syllables: Let’s go! S hops on the colorful carousel at City Market, spinning round and round with glee. So fun! So silly! So Savannah! As the ride ends, S finds a new word study list in its satchel and enjoys a soda on a bench shaded by grand trees. This next list 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.

sailingsecretsirensolidsummer
sailorsevensimplesonicsunset
seashellsilentsmilingspidersupper
seasonsilversoccerspiral

Silent Vowel Pairs (or Teams): Splish, splash! S is at the grand Forsyth Park Fountain. It’s quite a sight! As S opens its satchel, it takes a quiet moment to learn about words that begin with “S” and have a silent vowel pair. 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 “s” that have a silent vowel pair.

sailsevensirensolidsummit
seagullsilentsistersoupsunset
seashellsilversoapsouthsuper
seasonsimplesoilstairssword

R-Controlled Vowels: S feels very scientific and decides to explore the natural world at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. The satchel holds yet another word study list for S to dive into.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.” S reviews the list below:

scarfsilversoccerspiralstorm
serveskirtsparksquirtstory
sherlocksmirkspiderstarsummer
shirtsnorkelspinnerstirsurf

Final Stable Syllables: S gets spooky on one of Savannah’s Haunted History Ghost Tours! S slinks through Savannah’s haunted past, listening to eerie tales of restless spirits and hidden mysteries. Spooky stuff! S’s satchel reveals another word study list which 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 S reads:

saddlesensationsicklesupplesanction
samplesuspiciousspacklesidlesubmission
steeplesensiblesuitablesuturesection
singlesparklestablestrugglestation

“S ” in Animals: Super cool! S visits the Savannah Wildlife Safari! S drives past silly monkeys swinging from tree to tree and other animals sliding, sprinting, and slithering about. S finds a shady spot to review another list from its satchel. This list is all about animals whose names begin with “s.”

seahorsesharkskunksnakesquirrel
sealsheepsnailspiderswan

“S” in Technology: Later on, S dives into the world of technology, where virtual reality and futuristic gadgets are all over. S is overwhelmed by all the cool setups and gizmos. S is amazed by the possibilities and finds another word study list in its satchel. This next list is all about technology that begins with “s!” Let’s look at the list from S’s bag:

safarisecureserversmartphonesoftware
searchselfiesharingsocial mediastreaming

“S” in Communication: S, absolutely desperate for something scrumptious, slips out to River Street to satisfy its hunger. S indulges in the flavors of Savannah cuisine while enjoying the breeze. From shrimp and grits to sweet peach cobbler, the delectable delights make S’s taste buds dance. Sweet! Here are some “s” nouns, adjectives, and verbs that readers and communicators should become familiar with.

sassyshoutsolutionstatementsupport
screamsignalsorrystorysupportive
scribblesilencesparkstrengthsurprise
sensitivesinceresparklestylesyllable
serenesmilespeaksuccesssymbol
sharesocialspeechsuggestsympathy