Have you ever wondered how to increase your students' vocabulary? Of course, reading is one of the best ways to build vocabulary, but there is still a time and a place for good ol' fashioned word lists.
Words That Start With F For Kids
One of the simplest ways to approach the subject is to walk through the alphabet. Letter by letter, you can introduce new words and concepts to your children. Below, you'll find a list of words that start with F for elementary grade levels, as well as several F activities to ignite the fires of fun.
Preschool/Kindergarten: F Vocabulary List
Even though the words are small, the pre-K and kindergarten achievements are large. Do you remember the joy you felt when you pulled three letters together to form a word for the first time? Spread the "fun" to your little learners with these F words for kids:
- fan - a device that moves and cools the air
- far - a long way away
- fig - hollow, pear-shaped fruit with sweet, pulpy flesh
- fin - a wing-like limb attached to many animals living in water, used for swimming
- fog - a mist of water vapor low to the ground
- for - the purpose, destination, recipient, or amount of something
- fun - something that brings pleasure, joy, or playfulness
We love "Trace the Letter." It's the quintessential preschool/kindergarten activity. Let your little learners practice their fine motor skills with the worksheet below.
1st Grade: F Vocabulary List
Look out three-letter words! You're about to be replaced by some four-letter beauties. Most of these words can be sounded out, but you'll also dip in and out of the "fact" that some words inexplicably double the final letter. There's no need to "fuss" when you have a short and sweet F words list like this:
- fact - something that has been proven correct
- fade - the process of becoming less bright
- fawn - a young deer
- feet - the part of the body that touches the ground
- fell - to knock down
- fine - money charged to a person for doing something wrong
- flew - having moved through the air
- flow - an act of moving or running smoothly
- fork - a tool with a handle and prongs at the end
- fuss - a lot of focus on something
F words are fun because there are often a lot of consonant blends. "Flow" is a good example from above. To expand on this important element of the English language, share these Examples of Consonant Blends with your students.
In the first grade, students will spend a lot of time getting acquainted with basic sentence structure. There's a "mix and match" activity to help sentence formation stick in their minds. With about 20 index cards, help them create sentences together. On half the cards, write basic subjects, such as "The fawn," "Feet," or "The fork." On the remaining cards, write out sentence predicates like, "fell down the hill," "flew over the treetops," or "fusses over my plate of spaghetti."
Ask students to pick index cards from the "subject" pile and the "predicate" pile. If they can read, ask them to read the sentence aloud. If they can't read yet, you can read the sentence aloud. Some will make perfect sense. Others will create waves of first grade chuckles.
Check out these Adjectives That Start With F for more flexible fun!
2nd Grade: F Vocabulary List
There are still a few four-letter words in this pack, but it's time to step things up a notch with more expansive words in the second grade. There's also an opportunity to touch on suffixes with words like "finally" and "friendly":
- factory - where something is made or assembled
- fall - to drop or come down
- famous - someone or something very well known by a lot of people
- feast - a huge meal
- finally - in conclusion or at the end
- float - to be suspended in water
- flood - an overflowing of water onto normally dry land
- flock - a group of animals that live as a group
- fresh - recently harvested, produced, or made
- friendly - kind, helpful, or affectionate
To continue the suffix learning, check out this List of Suffixes and Suffix Examples.
Since students are (hopefully) acquainted with basic sentence structure by this age, it might be time to test their identification skills. Help them learn how to identify the main component of subjects (nouns) and the main component of predicates (verbs) all on their own!
For this activity, you'll need popsicle sticks and jars. Label the jars for nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Write some corresponding words on the individual popsicle sticks. Then, ask the class to call out each popsicle stick and sort them into the correct jars.
Check out these Verbs That Start With F to further expand their vocabulary!
3rd Grade: F Vocabulary List
Let the consonant blends continue! There's a nice "fl" sound to practice in this bunch, as well as "fr":
- fatal - something that causes death
- fence - a barrier used for protection
- fierce - cruel, violent, or intense
- find - to locate something that was once lost
- flutter - to quickly flap wings, vibrate, or tremble
- fortunate - someone or something that is lucky or favorable
- frail - physically weak, fragile, or delicate
- frown - a facial expression indicating displeasure
Do your students have a firm grasp on the most important parts of speech? That is, nouns, verbs, and adjectives? If you'd like to test their knowledge on one of these parts of speech, then feel free to print out the worksheet below. It'll ask students to write one verb beside every letter of the alphabet.
4th Grade: F Vocabulary List
In this word list for fourth graders, you can revisit suffixes and even dive into compound words:
- fairway - the part of a golf course covered with short grass
- foliage - plant or tree leaves
- fond - having a strong affection for someone or something
- foremost - the most important or relevant
- frank - a person who is honest and direct
- frequent - something that happens often
- function - the normal action of something
- furious - full of anger or rage
- futile - something that is unimportant
If you had fun exploring "fairway," be sure to share these further Examples of Compounds.
Having you been dipping your students' toes into the waters of poetry lately? Use your vocabulary words to develop topics your budding wordsmiths can write about! Inspired by the word "foliage," they might write about an enchanted forest filled with swaying sweeps of foliage. Open up the floor to any variety of poetry with rhyming patterns or give them some more room with a free verse option.
If you'd like to focus on a specific form of poetry, scroll through these 7 Common Types of Poetry.
5th Grade: F Vocabulary List
Flannel. Do you double the Ls or Ns? Fifth grade is a perfect time to dissect some commonly misspelled words. Send them off to middle school without a heavy reliance on spellcheck and autocorrect:
- fame - be well-known, talked about, or having celebrity status
- fatigue - extreme physical or mental tiredness
- favorite - a person or thing that is best-liked or treated in a special way
- feign - to make up a story or act in a way you don't feel
- fifteen - five more than ten
- finesse - to do something skillfully or slyly
- fingernail - a thin, transparent plate covering the upper surface of the end of a finger
- flannel - a soft, woven cloth
- forms - pieces of paperwork that need to be filled out
- freight - cargo or goods transported by truck or other means of transportation
- frigid - someone or something very cold
- frugal - not spending a lot of money or being wasteful
- fuel - anything that produces energy, power, or heat
- fugitive - a person who has escaped from something and is in hiding
- future - a time that has not yet occurred
Strengthen your kiddos' muscles with this list of the 100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English.
In our fourth grade activity, we had some fun with poetry. How about a little short fiction? Once you've reviewed your vocabulary words for the day, pull up a short story. Our list of short stories here is a good place to start. Then, prompt your students with a list of symbols from the story you've just read.
Perhaps there was a candle in the story that represented a new chapter in life. Or, maybe there was an old suitcase that symbolized ancestors of the past. A robust vocabulary will always be the goal, but it's worth venturing into the land of rhetorical devices as students continue to develop their reading comprehension skills.
Let your children's love of learning flourish with these F vocabulary words. Many of them lend themselves well to fanciful prose or fantastical stories. If you need more inspiration, share these Descriptive Poem Examples with your students someday.
And, if you've enjoyed expanding their vocabulary by working your way through the alphabet, why not start back at the beginning with Words That Start WIth A For Kids?