Those who teach reading and literacy are truly doing a special service for children. What would life be like without the ability to pick up a new book and explore brave new worlds? While there are many ways to approach spelling lessons, one option is to break up the alphabet and study new words by individual letter. Below, you'll find some vocabulary words that start with C for kids as well as activities to keep learning fun and engaging for little learners.
A lifelong love of learning can begin as early as preschool or kindergarten with the right compassion and care. Here are a few C words for kids to jump start their journeys with spelling:
can - a container normally made of metal with a lid
cat - a small, soft-furred animal
cob - a stick of corn
cod - a fish with mild flavor
cot - a narrow bed that can be folded up
cow - the female of domestic cattle
cut - to divide with a sharp instrument
Below, you'll find the first of many letter C activities. This Trace the Letter worksheet is great for mastering fine motor skills too!
First grade is a lovely time to introduce new and exciting concepts, such as the "cr" sound in "crawl." Here are a few nice options for your C words list.
cabin - a small house in the woods
cage - an enclosed structure made of wires and bars for confining animals
camp - a place to live for a short period of time
card - a flat, stiff, thick piece of paper used to express a greeting
chair - a piece of furniture to sit on
chew - to use teeth to grind food into smaller pieces
chin - the part of the face below the lower lip
classroom - a room in a school where classes are taught
clock - a device for measuring and showing the time of day
crawl - dragging of the body along the ground
To help your students learn each of these words, consider creating a worksheet where they can match the word to the picture.
Second grade can easily expound upon many of the concepts learned in first grade. It's worth spending more time on those "ch" words, like "change" and "chirp." And, words like "chirp" tie in nicely to the activity listed below.
cactus - a desert plant
candle - a mass of wax with a wick for burning
cash - physical currency, like bills and coins
change - the act of becoming different
chirp - to make the short, shrill sound of birds
clerk - a person who works in an office, performing duties like filing and organizing
closet - a small space where clothes or other items are stored
coffee - a drink made from roasted beans
craft - a special skill or art
crash - to violently smash and make a loud noise
For words to stick in childrens' minds, it's useful to associate the words with the real world. As you practice each of the vocabulary words above, you might bring some props into the classroom. Hold up a candle, ask students to identify it, and then someone can walk up to the board and write out the word.
In third grade, teachers like to turn up the heat. There are words here that can't be sounded out, like "capture." See how many of these C words will work for your classroom lesson plan:
cable - a rope-like bunch of wires used to connect two things
capture - to take hold of or control of
cherry - a small, fleshy fruit with a hard pit
chill - a sudden feeling of coldness
climate - the weather of a location over a long period of time
coast - land along the ocean
contain - to serve as a holder for something
could - a word used in place of "can" to demonstrate doubt
coward - a person who lacks courage
cracker - a thin, crisp wafer or biscuit
You'll notice some lengthier additions here, including "congratulate" and "calculate." Take a look at this sampling of words for fourth-grade students:
calculate - to use reason or common sense to determine something
capable - having the skills to do something well
century - a 100-year-long period of time
challenge - an act of rebellion against someone or something
character - a unique symbol, letter, or mark used in writing
column - a vertical arrangement of something
combine - to join together or unite
confuse - to make someone unable to understand
congratulate - to praise or compliment someone
contribute - to give something
A fun way to encourage students to remember important vocabulary words is to ask them to draw one of the words. Give them some "free draw" time to select one of their vocabulary words on a sheet of paper. You can then staple their artwork to a piece of construction paper.
Enter the world of homophones! Fifth grade is a nice time to introduce words that sound alike but are spelled differently. "Capitol" and "capital" will work well for that lesson plan. Aside from that, here are a few toughies that will take your students' vocabulary to new heights:
companion - a partner or friend who accompanies
compassion - to have sympathy and want to help someone
compose - to put something in order to write a piece of music
courteous - polite or considerate
capital - the seat of government
collaborate - to work together
commend - to recommend or praise someone
concise - brief and to the point
consequence - a natural result that flows from something else
contaminate - to infect, corrupt, or make impure
convenient - something easy to do
cumulative - increasing in size or quantity
A great classroom activity here is one that will keep the students active and engaged. Write all of your vocabulary words on individual flashcards. Then, ask students to act out each of the words pulled. For this activity, they could easily act out companion or compose. Feel free to give them access to any props that may be required and, perhaps, you'll even create a word bank on the board so students have words to choose from.
Doesn't it feel great to know that, whether you teach preschool or fifth grade, you're setting your students up for major wins in life? The sooner the little learners of the world taste the triumph that comes with an ability to spell "cat," the better positioned they will be to succeed in their academic endeavors.
As you continue to shape lives, check out these Free Spelling Printables. Along with the handy resources listed there, you may also enjoy some of the tips and tricks for successful lesson planning.