T Words for Kids

Check out our selection of T 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.

Let’s take off to Tucson! 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. 

“T” has packed its bags for Tucson, AZ! During T’s trip, “T” is excited to learn about different syllable features and patterns with the help of some wonderful word lists in “T’s” guitar case. “T” is looking forward to exploring Tucson, reviewing technology words that begin with “T”, and learning all about communication words, like emotions, traits, and other words that start with the letter “”T” ”. 

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: To start the day, T’s taste buds get a hankering for tacos. T treats itself to scrumptious tacos from a nearby food truck, bursting with flavors and zesty spices. With a satisfied tummy, T pops open its tote bag to find its very first word study list to explore. The 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 list of consonant-vowel-consonant words. 


Closed Syllables: Tremendous! T visits the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium in Tucson. It’s totally awesome! There are so many interactive and hands-on science exhibits and T is thankful! Inside its tote bag, another word study list unfolds, ready to enhance T’s reading skills. 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.” Here’s a list of words that begin with “t” and have closed syllables.


Open Syllables: While at the science center, T tests out its ideas and discovers the wonders of the natural world. After some time testing, touring, and trialing, T studies a new word list 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.


Silent Vowel Pairs (or Teams): For the next place, we’ll have a little quiet time with T. “Shhhh–” says T, “let’s find a quiet place to read!” T finds solace in the quiet corners of a library, surrounded by books of every kind. T opens the tote bag, takes a look, and enjoys a list of silent vowel pairs. Silent vowel teams 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 “t” that have a silent vowel pair.


R-Controlled Vowels: T says, “Okay, time for some fun” and prepares for takeover at a toy store in Tucson. T nearly exhausts itself with all of the toys, but eventually sits down for a snack and opens its tote bag for a word study list about r-controlled vowels. 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.” T reviews the list below:


Final Stable Syllables: T decides it has lots of energy to get out and embarks on a hike up the rugged Tumamoc Hill, enjoying breathtaking views of the desert landscape. T nearly reaches the summit and turns to its tote bag to read the rest of the way up the path. This list 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 T reads:

“T” in Animals: Toucans in Tucson!? T trots over to the Tucson Wildlife Center and encounters majestic animals like the towering giraffe and the speedy cheetah. After taking many pictures, learning a lot, and finding a nice place to rest, T digs into its tote bag for a water bottle and the next word list. T reads all about “t”-named critters and animals! 


“T” in Technology: T feels extra techy as it dives into the realm of technology, where robots beep and gadgets whir. T uses its phone to research, explore, and catch up on the latest 21st century advancements. Inside its tote bag, a new word study list awaits T. This totally makes sense! This next list is all about technology that begins with “t!”


“T” in Communication: T says, “I need a tasty treat for my sweet tooth” and heads to Tasty Treats Bakery. T indulges in cakes, cookies, and pastries. T takes a moment to peek inside the tote bag, discovering a fresh word study list to conquer. Here are some “t” nouns, adjectives, and verbs that readers and communicators should become familiar with.

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