H words for kids reveal a common theme: the letter H loves to pair up with other letters of the alphabet. As students practice the various sounds created by this shapeshifter of the alphabet, you can also explore a world of compound nouns, homonyms, and more.
From preschool to fifth grade, we have a slew of H words and letter H activities to keep vocabulary in the forefront and, dare we say, an exciting endeavor.
Ready to lay the building blocks to a healthy foundation for grammar? These simple preschool/kindergarten words will help students feel like a grasp of the English language is well within their reach:
hat - a covering for the head
hay - cut and dried grass
hey - a greeting similar to "hello"
hi - a standard greeting short for "hello"
ho - a word used to attract attention
hit - to strike or collide
hut - a simple or temporary shelter
In all our "Words That Start With" articles, we've included "Trace the Letter" activities. Let's not stop with the Letter H! The worksheet below will help your little learners master this rather uniform letter.
Now, it's time to advance from simple three-letter words to even stronger building blocks. Take a look at some of these bigger, bolder words for first-graders:
hand - a part of the human body at the end of the arm
hard - firm to the touch
has - to possess or own something
head - a part of the human body that comes out of the neck
hide - to conceal something or oneself
hill - a small mound, pile, or rounded part of earth
his - belonging to or done by him
hold - to carry or keep in position
hunt - to look for or chase
hurt - feeling pain
Word Walls are commonly featured in elementary classrooms. They can be as simple as large, laminated index cards with each letter of the alphabet. Under each letter, start listing related vocabulary words, including "hat," "hay" and "hut."
Then, with YourDictionary's word lists, you can add new words to your Word Wall every day. Start back at the beginning with Words That Start With A For Kids and continue building your Word Wall through every other letter.
hair - a fine, thread-like strand that grows on people and animals
harm - to hurt or damage something
hello - a greeting or response
help - to provide aid or assistance
herd - a big group of animals
hill - a small mound, pile, or rounded part of the earth
hole - a hollow place, opening, or break in something
hood - a covering attached to a jacket or shirt
hope - a feeling of optimism or a desire that something will happen
hump - a rounded lump or bump
Below, students can enjoy a worksheet that asks them to choose the vocabulary word that best describes the word in bold.
Why do we double the "c" in hiccup? Why does the word contain a double "c" and not a "ck"? Explore these intricacies to the English language and more with this word list for students in the third grade:
habit - something you do regularly
haiku - a Japanese verse poem of unrhymed lines
harsh - someone or something unpleasant
haste - speed or urgency
help - aid that you request
hiccup - an involuntary spasm of the diaphragm
hinge - a movable mechanism that joins a door and a frame
hint - a suggestion that reveals a small amount of information
home - a house or place where a person or family lives
humor - the quality of being funny
This is also a nice time to help students improve their spelling. Common spelling errors include sound-based mistakes and the omission (or addition) of letters. Take some of these strategies to improve spelling and introduce them to your students today. You'll be setting them up for spelling success (something not everyone can claim in today's world of autocorrect).
hail - a type of precipitation made of small balls of ice
hardship - something difficult or unpleasant
hazy - something that is clouded over
heart - the organ that controls the flow of blood in the body
height - the distance from the bottom to the top of something
heroic - a strong and courageous person
homonym - a word with the same pronunciation and different meaning
host - someone or something that entertains others
humble - someone who knows they are not perfect
hungry - wanting or needing to eat food
Ready for a little whiteboard fun? Partner students together and give each pair a whiteboard, marker, and eraser. One student will have a minute to attempt to draw the assigned vocabulary word. Once the minute is up, the other student will try to guess the word drawn. A team earns a point for every correct guess.
Here come the toughies! Words like "hallucination" and "hippopotamus." These are words that can trip up even the best spellers. In fact, they often land on lists of misspelled words. Start the challenge today with these H-words:
habitat - the natural environment of someone or something
harass - to torment or irritate
hallucination - something that someone sees that isn't really there
harmonica - a small wind instrument played with the mouth
headache - a continuous pain in the head
helicopter - a vertical-lift aircraft that hovers and moves in any direction
heritage - the background from which one comes
hippopotamus - a large, plant-eating mammal
hitchhike - to travel by soliciting rides from motorists
homestead - a house and the land surrounding it
hospital - a place to get medical attention
humiliate - to hurt someone's pride
hybrid - something that's a combination of two different things
Stack the Cups is a classic game that allows students to practice their vocabulary words and get active. Take a set of clear plastic cups and write a healthy list of vocabulary words on each cup. Divide the class into two groups.
From their groups, students will form a straight line. The first student in one line will pick a cup, read the word, and attempt to define it. The first student in the opposite line will check the definition and decide if their comrade is correct.
If the student correctly defines the new vocabulary word, they get to keep the cup and begin to build their team's tower. Each team will rotate as they provide definitions until either time or cups run out. Whichever group turns out with the highest tower wins!
Traveling through the alphabet and discovering new words, letter by letter, can be one of the best ways to spark a love for grammar and vocabulary. You know which letter "H" loves the most? Why, it's the letter "C," of course! Make the transition from H-words to C-words with this list of Words That Start WIth C For Kids, including "chair," "chew" and "chin."