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The Letter A

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The letter A makes the sound heard in the words apple, black and cat. This is the sound (short a) you would first introduce to a child. The letter A also makes the long a sound as heard in able, make, rain*, and day*. The letter A makes a variety of sounds. It is most commonly found using the short a sound; however, it also makes the following sounds:

  • Schwa, e.g., about, comma and ago,
  • AL Digraph, e.g., all, talk and call,
  • AU Digraph, e.g., August, auto and because,
  • AW Digraph, e.g., awful, lawn and draw,
  • /air/ Vowel (AR and ARE spellings), e.g., vary, care and parent, and
  • /ar/ Vowel (Bossy R), e.g., are, March and car.

* Vowel team rule (AI, AY, EA and OA): The vowel team rule states when two vowels go walking the first does the talking (says its name) and the second vowel is silent, e.g., brain, pray, beach and boat. There are a few exceptions to this rule. The combination of the vowels E and A also result in the short e sound, e.g. head, feather and heaven.

In some instances, the letter a can sound like the short o, e.g. watch.

Letter A Worksheets

Letter-A-Worksheet-1 We created worksheets to help your child practice forming the upper- and lowercase letter A correctly. Ideally, letters should be formed from top to bottom and left to right with a continuous stroke when possible. The uppercase A is formed as follows: slant left, lift, slant right, lift and cross. The lowercase a is formed as follows: around, up and down.

Letter A Worksheet 1
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter A.

Letter A Worksheet 2
We offer a free printable worksheet that focuses on the uppercase letter A. We encourage a child to say, trace and write the uppercase letter A.

Letter A Worksheet 3
We offer a free printable worksheet that focuses on the lowercase letter a. We encourage a child to say, trace and write the lowercase letter a.

Letter A Worksheet 4
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter a.

Letter A Worksheet 5
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter a.

Letter A Worksheet 6
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter a. We also included a fun game – circle the items that begin with the letter a.

Words with the Letter A

The table below contains a list of words with the letter a that make the short a sound. We also indicate the location of the /a/ sound – beginning (initial) and middle (medial). Our list contains 350 words; please use our search feature to narrow results.

Letter A Words
Sound
Africainitial
actinitial
actioninitial
addinitial
addressinitial
adjectiveinitial
afterinitial
aminitial
aninitial
anchorinitial
andinitial
angerinitial
animalinitial
answerinitial
antinitial
appleinitial
asinitial
askinitial
astronautinitial
atinitial
athleteinitial
axinitial
backmedial
backpackmedial
badmedial
badgemedial
bagmedial
banmedial
bandmedial
bandagemedial
bangmedial
banjomedial
bashmedial
basketmedial
basketballmedial
batmedial
batchmedial
bathmedial
bathroommedial
bathtubmedial
batterymedial
beganmedial
blabmedial
blackmedial
blanchmedial
blandmedial
blanketmedial
blastmedial
Bradmedial
bragmedial
branmedial
branchmedial
brandmedial
brashmedial
brassmedial
bratmedial
cabmedial
cactusmedial
calfmedial
cameramedial
campmedial
canmedial
candlemedial
candymedial
cannotmedial
can'tmedial
canteenmedial
capmedial
cashmedial
cashewmedial
cassettemedial
castmedial
castlemedial
catmedial
catchmedial
caterpillarmedial
Chadmedial
chaffmedial
champmedial
chancemedial
chantmedial
chapmedial
chatmedial
clackmedial
cladmedial
clammedial
clampmedial
clanmedial
clangmedial
clapmedial
clashmedial
claspmedial
classmedial
crabmedial
crackmedial
crackermedial
craftmedial
crammedial
crampmedial
dabmedial
dadmedial
dammedial
dampmedial
Danmedial
dancemedial
dandelionmedial
dashmedial
drabmedial
draftmedial
dragonmedial
factmedial
fadmedial
falconmedial
familymedial
fanmedial
fangmedial
fastmedial
fatmedial
flabmedial
flagmedial
flapmedial
flashmedial
flashlightmedial
flatmedial
flaxmedial
Francemedial
gabmedial
gagmedial
gangmedial
gapmedial
gasmedial
gashmedial
gaspmedial
giraffemedial
gladmedial
glancemedial
glandmedial
glassmedial
glassesmedial
gnatmedial
grabmedial
graftmedial
grammedial
grandfathermedial
grandmothermedial
grantmedial
graspmedial
grassmedial
grasshoppermedial
hackmedial
hadmedial
hagmedial
halfmedial
hammedial
hamburgermedial
hammermedial
hamstermedial
handmedial
hangmedial
hangermedial
happenmedial
happymedial
hasmedial
hashmedial
hatmedial
hatchmedial
jabmedial
Jackmedial
jacketmedial
jagmedial
jammedial
knackmedial
labmedial
lackmedial
ladmedial
laddermedial
lagmedial
lambmedial
lampmedial
lancemedial
landmedial
lapmedial
lashmedial
lassmedial
lastmedial
latchmedial
laxmedial
madmedial
magicmedial
magnetmedial
manmedial
mangomedial
mapmedial
mashmedial
maskmedial
massmedial
mastmedial
matmedial
matchmedial
mathmedial
mattermedial
Maxmedial
nagmedial
napmedial
napkinmedial
pacifiermedial
packmedial
packagemedial
pactmedial
padmedial
palmedial
Pammedial
panmedial
pancakemedial
pandamedial
pangmedial
pantmedial
passmedial
pastmedial
patmedial
patchmedial
pathmedial
photographmedial
picnic basketmedial
pineapplemedial
pistachiomedial
planmedial
planetmedial
plantmedial
plasmamedial
practicemedial
prancemedial
quackmedial
rabbitmedial
raccoonmedial
rackmedial
radishmedial
raftmedial
ragmedial
rammedial
rampmedial
ranmedial
ranchmedial
rangmedial
rantmedial
rapmedial
rashmedial
raspmedial
raspberrymedial
ratmedial
rattlemedial
rectangularmedial
sackmedial
sadmedial
sagmedial
salmonmedial
Sammedial
sandmedial
sandwichmedial
sangmedial
sapmedial
sashmedial
satmedial
Saturdaymedial
Saturnmedial
saxophonemedial
scabmedial
scammedial
scampmedial
scanmedial
scrammedial
scrapmedial
scratchmedial
shackmedial
shadowmedial
shaftmedial
shaggymedial
shammedial
shampoomedial
slabmedial
slackmedial
slagmedial
slammedial
slangmedial
slantmedial
slapmedial
slashmedial
slatmedial
smackmedial
smashmedial
snackmedial
snagmedial
snapmedial
spanmedial
spasmmedial
spatmedial
splashmedial
sprangmedial
stabmedial
stackmedial
staffmedial
stagmedial
stampmedial
stancemedial
standmedial
stashmedial
strandmedial
strapmedial
subtractmedial
sunglassesmedial
swaggermedial
swammedial
tabmedial
tackmedial
tactmedial
tagmedial
tampmedial
tanmedial
tangmedial
tapmedial
taskmedial
taxmedial
thanmedial
thankmedial
thatmedial
thatchmedial
thrashmedial
trackmedial
tractmedial
trafficmedial
traffic lightmedial
trancemedial
trapmedial
trashmedial
trash canmedial
travelmedial
trianglemedial
understandmedial
unhappymedial
vacuummedial
valuemedial
vanmedial
vastmedial
wagmedial
wagonmedial
waxmedial
whackmedial
wrapmedial
yammedial
yapmedial

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