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The Letter I

The-Letter-IThe letter I makes the sound heard in the words in, big and little. This is the sound (short i) you would first introduce to a child. The letter I also makes the long I sound as heard in five, pie*, and tiny. The letter i makes a variety of sounds. It is most commonly found using the short i sound; it can also make the following sounds:

  • Schwa, e.g., holiday, giraffe and stencil,
  • Long E, e.g., ski, marine and debris,
  • Letter Y , e.g., onion, million and billion,
  • Long A, e.g., pain, rain and mail*,
  • Long A, e.g., neigh, sleigh and weigh*,
  • Long E, e.g., piece, shield and yield*,
  • OI Diphthongs, e.g., oil, coin and void,
  • IR Vowel, e.g., girl, fir and sir, and
  • AIR Vowel, e.g., air, fair and chair.

* Vowel team rule (AI and IE) and an irregular vowel team (IE and EI): The vowel team rule states when two vowels go walking the first does the talking and the second vowel is silent. There are a few exceptions to this rule, e.g. the combination of IE and EI.

When combined with other vowels, the letter i makes the schwa sound, e.g., special, spaniel and notion. In some instances, the letter i is silent, e.g. juice and guitar.

Letter I Worksheets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Words with the Letter I

The table below contains a list of words with the letter i. We also indicate the location of the short i sound – beginning (initial) or middle (medial). Our list contains 360 words; please use our search feature to narrow results.

Letter I Words
Sound
alligatormedial
animalmedial
artistmedial
beginmedial
bibmedial
bidmedial
bigmedial
billmedial
binmedial
Bingmedial
bingemedial
bitmedial
blimpmedial
blinkmedial
blipmedial
blissmedial
brickmedial
bridgemedial
brimmedial
bringmedial
briskmedial
chickmedial
chickenmedial
chillmedial
chimpmedial
chimpanzeemedial
chinmedial
chipmedial
cinchmedial
citymedial
clarinetmedial
clickmedial
cliffmedial
clinchmedial
clingmedial
clinkmedial
clipmedial
cribmedial
cricketmedial
cringemedial
crispmedial
Dickmedial
didmedial
differentmedial
digmedial
dillmedial
dimmedial
dingmedial
dinnermedial
dipmedial
discovermedial
dishmedial
diskmedial
ditchmedial
driftmedial
drillmedial
drinkmedial
dripmedial
familymedial
fibmedial
fifteenmedial
fifthmedial
fiftymedial
figmedial
fillmedial
finmedial
fingermedial
finishmedial
fishmedial
fistmedial
fitmedial
fixmedial
flinchmedial
flipmedial
flippersmedial
frillmedial
friskmedial
furnituremedial
giftmedial
gigmedial
gillmedial
giltmedial
givemedial
glintmedial
gorillamedial
gridmedial
grillmedial
grimmedial
grinmedial
gripmedial
gritmedial
helicoptermedial
hidmedial
hillmedial
himmedial
hingemedial
hintmedial
hipmedial
hismedial
hissmedial
hitmedial
hitchmedial
holidaymedial
horriblemedial
ifinitial
iglooinitial
igniteinitial
ignoreinitial
illinitial
imageinitial
immuneinitial
impactinitial
importantinitial
ininitial
inchinitial
inclineinitial
includeinitial
incomeinitial
incorrectinitial
increaseinitial
incurinitial
indeedinitial
Independence Dayinitial
indexinitial
index fingerinitial / medial
Indianinitial
infantinitial
infectinitial
infieldinitial
inflateinitial
inkinitial
in-lawinitial
inninitial
innerinitial
inputinitial
insectinitial
insideinitial
insistinitial / medial
inspireinitial
installinitial
instantinitial
insteadinitial
instructioninitial
instrumentinitial
intoinitial
inventinitial
isinitial
isn'tinitial
itinitial
itchinitial
itsinitial
jigmedial
Jillmedial
Jimmedial
Jupitermedial
kickmedial
kidmedial
killmedial
kiltmedial
Kimmedial
kinmedial
kingmedial
kissmedial
kitmedial
kitchenmedial
kittenmedial
knitmedial
lickmedial
lidmedial
liftmedial
lilymedial
limpmedial
linkmedial
lintmedial
lipmedial
lispmedial
listmedial
listenmedial
litmedial
littlemedial
lizardmedial
magicmedial
medicinemedial
midmedial
miffmedial
milkmedial
millmedial
mincemedial
minkmedial
mintmedial
minutemedial
missmedial
mistmedial
mistakemedial
mittenmedial
mixmedial
mixermedial
muffinmedial
musicmedial
napkinmedial
Nickmedial
nickelmedial
nipmedial
officemedial
officermedial
olivemedial
pelicanmedial
pickmedial
picklemedial
picnicmedial
picturemedial
pigmedial
pigeonmedial
pigletmedial
pillmedial
pillowmedial
pinmedial
piñatamedial
pinchmedial
pingmedial
pinkmedial
pitmedial
pitchmedial
pitchermedial
possiblemedial
presidentmedial
primpmedial
princemedial
princessmedial
printmedial
promisemedial
quickmedial
quillmedial
quiltmedial
quitmedial
quizmedial
rabbitmedial
ribmedial
ribbonmedial
richmedial
Rickmedial
ridmedial
riddlemedial
riftmedial
rigmedial
rimmedial
ringmedial
rinkmedial
ripmedial
riskmedial
rivermedial
robinmedial
scissorsmedial
shiftmedial
shinmedial
shipmedial
shrinkmedial
sickmedial
siftmedial
silkmedial
sillymedial
silvermedial
sinmedial
sincemedial
singmedial
sinkmedial
sipmedial
sistermedial
sitmedial
sixmedial
sixteenmedial
sixtymedial
skidmedial
skillmedial
skimpmedial
skinmedial
skipmedial
skitmedial
slickmedial
slidmedial
slimmedial
slingmedial
slipmedial
slitmedial
sniffmedial
spillmedial
spinmedial
spinachmedial
spitmedial
splintmedial
splitmedial
springmedial
sprintmedial
squintmedial
stickmedial
stickermedial
stillmedial
stingmedial
stinkmedial
stintmedial
stringmedial
stripmedial
swiftmedial
swigmedial
swimmedial
swingmedial
swishmedial
Swissmedial
switchmedial
terriblemedial
thickmedial
thinmedial
thingmedial
thinkmedial
thismedial
thriftmedial
thrillmedial
tickmedial
ticketmedial
tiffmedial
tiltmedial
Timmedial
tinmedial
tintmedial
tipmedial
trickmedial
trimmedial
tripmedial
twigmedial
twinmedial
twistmedial
untilmedial
victorymedial
videomedial
whichmedial
whiffmedial
whipmedial
whiskmedial
whiskersmedial
whispermedial
whistlemedial
wickmedial
wigmedial
willmedial
wiltmedial
winmedial
windowmedial
wingmedial
winkmedial
wintermedial
wishmedial
wispmedial
witmedial
witchmedial
withmedial
withoutmedial
wringmedial
wristmedial
zipmedial
zippermedial

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