The Letter X

Language Arts

The sound this letter stands for is  - /x/ as at the end of box (ks).

**Important Note**  The letter X does not come at the beginning of very many words, especially with the proper sound (ks).  I have chosen words that have X at the beginning, middle or ending of a word used with the proper sound (ks).  (Xylophone is commonly used in children's alphabet books, but I have refrained from using it since it really makes a 'zzz' sound.)

Theme words - fox, box, ox, fix, mix, wax, taxi, next, x-ray, exit, exercise, duplex, boxcar, axe, explore, extra, exodus, axis, flex

Poetry and Rhymes:

Extra Special X
by Katrina Lybbert

Excellent, exciting letter X!
So extra special is letter X.
Fox, box, mix, wax,
Phlox, ox, six, tax.
Always an adventure to explore,
With letter X, which we adore!

Books to read aloud:

A Fox: The Sound of X by Alice K. Flanagan
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca
The Taxi that Hurried a Golden Book
The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf


Listen to Saxophone music!!!


Six Little Ducks

A Hunting We Will Go
Author Unknown

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go,
Heigh ho, the dairy-o, a hunting we will go.
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go,
We'll catch a fox and put him in a box,
And then we'll let him go.


Eat a deluxe pizza, or use different foods to create the shape of x on a plate such as - pretzels, carrot or celery sticks.

Bible Story/Character Trait



Next:  Say a number and then ask your child which number comes next.
Six:  Count to six with a variety of objects.



Bird -  Archaeopteryx
Flower - Phlox
Mammal - Fox (Vixen - female fox)

Learn about having an x-ray taken!

Social Studies

Learn about how the Earth spins on it's axis. (Use a globe.)
Study the geography of Texas.

Art Project

Decorate a letter X - make a large X out of construction paper, glue macaroni, sparkles, or some other small objects on to the X.
Letter X cookies - mix up a batch of X shaped cookies!


Tic Tac Toe - play using X's and O's.
Pretend to be a Jack-in-the-Box and pop out of a cardboard box.

Field Trip

Take a trip to a rail yard and look for boxcars.


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