The sound of the letter L is one of the earliest sounds children learn to use. Teaching it as part of vocabulary lessons is an important part of linguistic development. This list of L words for kids is designed to engage students and help them distinguish it in their speech from similar sounds.
There are lots of simple words beginning with L. This L words list is designed to provide your youngest students with simple, concrete word concepts that can easily be connected to memorable images.
Many of these words are well suited for letter L activities. We especially recommend our Trace the Letter activity for your youngest learners. Download and print the PDF below.
First grade is the point at which L words can start to engage your students with more abstract concepts and modifiers.
These words lend themselves to activities that explore their multiple meanings. You could use "look" to begin explaining the concept of nouns and verbs, or take "loud" and explore the difference between concrete and abstract: loud noises vs. loud colors or clothes.
Also, be sure to make visual connections between these words and their definitions. A simple fill in the blank quiz with engaging images will help your students connect these words with pictures in their heads. We've provided a sample worksheet here that you can download and print for your students.
By 2nd grade, your students likely know at least a few of the words on this list. That's a good thing. It helps them feel comfortable with the list and they'll be better able to grasp the words they don't know.
The fact that your 2nd-grade students are likely familiar with some or all of the words above makes them perfect for class activities. Encourage them to draw or paint the more visually engaging words - leopards and lightning are two excellent choices - or provide them with quizzes that match the words to their definitions.
These 3rd-grade L words are meant to conjure images in the minds of your students. Each should connect to a particular visual concept and its meaning.
This list of words is made with pictures in mind. Bring in magazines or queue up a slideshow or video playlist for your class. A picture of lush jungle, or a video of someone making a lucky shot in basketball, will help set meanings in your students' minds.
Activities in 4th grade should engage students with the context and larger significance of the words on this list. We have emphasized modifiers in this list to encourage your 4th graders to think of these words in terms of their relation to the real world.
Good 4th-grade activities involve putting these words in context or making them part of a bigger picture. Encourage writing with prompts like "From Lonely to Lovely." Students can write stories or poetry taking inspiration from their vocabulary list.
The L sound is often one of a baby's first vocalizations, but it occurs throughout English and often encourages deep and meaningful thinking. Engage your students with the larger meanings of these words to help them understand and enrich the world around them.
For more enriching vocabulary and etymology, take a look at our words starting with C! From relaxing in a cot to reading in a chair, this C-word list will surely capture their imagination.