Are you looking for some words that end with X for kindergarten? Grab this printable word list to help you teach your kindergarten students these new words and sounds the easy way!
Did you know the letter X is one of the least used letters in the English alphabet? Despite that, many of the X words on this list are common words we say or use every day, like mix, box, fix, six, and more.
The letter X is such a fun sound to teach! It's a little tricky, though, because it actually makes two different sounds (/k/ /s/), but because it only has one letter, it's not technically a digraph.
This can make it confusing for our young readers to encode and decode properly, so it's important to teach it explicitly and offer plenty of hands-on activities to reinforce this new learning. Otherwise, you may see your students writing box as bocks, etc.
One fun activity you can try is to have your students generate a list of words they know that include this sound and write down the words they come up with. Ask them if they notice anything about the words. They'll usually recognise that X is almost always the final consonant and letter!
They may come up with a few exceptions, like xylophone and xerox, but this an excellent opportunity to notice that when X is at the beginning of a word, it usually takes on a /z/ sound.
Words that End with X for Kindergarten
There aren't very many X words in the English language in general, let alone ones appropriate for our youngest learners! Below, you'll find my favourite list of words that end with X, which I compiled in my free printable decodable word list. It's a helpful resource for kindergarten teachers, especially as it provides examples with all the digraphs, including sh, ch, th, and more.
They're even sorted by the number of phonemes in the word to make it easy to find the perfect words for your sound boxes!
X Word List for Kindergarten
These simple words all have 2 or 3 phonemes, which makes them especially appropriate for kindergarten and preschool students to learn. There are longer words, like suffix and orthodox, but those are more appropriate for older kids.
- ax (or axe)
The words in bold are included on the printable list of decodable words above. You'll notice these are all CVC words, so they're fantastic for early readers!
Teach the Letter X with The Hive
Do you want to streamline your teaching this year? I'd love to help you work less and teach more! My husband Jez and I created The Hive to be an all-in-one teacher planner that also contains a massive resource bank with hundreds of slideshows and printable activities, interactive apps, videos, and so much more.
There are many great activities on The Hive to help you teach the letter X the right way!
You'll want to make use of The Hive's Word Builder tool:
And some of the Hive's other decodable word apps, including:
Our popular Beedle game
Decodable words and decodable sentences
You'll also want to use these explicit PowerPoint lesson slides - for Hive members, they also come as Google Slides too! This 500+ page slideshow will help you teach and reinforce the digraphs qu and ng, and the letter x with your students. This tool is intended to be used over several weeks as you introduce these concepts and practice them for mastery. These activities align with the Science of Reading (synthetic phonics) and evidence-based practices to ensure your students genuinely learn these skills, not just memorise them!
Here are some of the activities that the lesson slides cover:
Reading and writing decodable words
Reading and writing decodable sentences
Finding the missing beginning, middle and end sounds
Segmenting words into phonemes
Decoding real and nonsense words
Finding the missing sounds
Deciding which decodable word looks right
You can even attach the slideshow to your daily timetable on The Hive to pull them up exactly when you need them!
More Activities for the Letter X
I've created many different activities to teach the letter X and other digraphs for you! They're all available in my store OR as part of The Hive Unlimited, and will make the learning process so much easier and more exciting!
This is a fantastic low-prep activity! Your students need to find the correct word that matches an image from a group of 3 lookalike words. This requires them to decode each word and figure out which has the correct letter sounds. It's great phonemic awareness practice!
Kids love these task cards because they get to draw what they read! Essentially, they decode three words or phrases that build on each other. The first word will tell them the first image to draw, and the other phrases and sentences will add more details to the picture.
This is a great way to add more open-ended thinking and creativity to your phonics practice!
In this activity, your students look at the image and figure out which sound (not letter) is missing from the words. Great for independent practice or small groups! This is a Hive Exclusive resource.
When you're ready to review what your students have learned about the letter X, you want this set! It includes 25 pages of activities to test how well your students have learned about qu, ng, and x. So handy for formative assessments!
These printable cards are a great way to help your students practise segmenting oral words into sounds! Start with an image and have them write it out in lowercase letters. I like to use alphabet magnets for this to make it more hands-on.
There are even more activities to practise X words in the Mrs Learning Bee Resource Library, including:
- Find and Cover
- Poppit Task Cards
- Crash Card Game
- Roll a Silly Sentence
- Hidden Word Puzzles
- Build A Flower
- Tic Tac Toe
- Phonics I Spy
- Four in a Row
- Snakes and Ladders
- Decodable Words and Sentences
- and so much more
They are a great way to teach X word families in a fun and engaging way, and when learning is fun, your students are much more likely to encode these new skills to long-term memory!