Big or little
My shape is the same
I look like a snake
I sound like a snake
Who am I?
You can call me the Superman letter. I am the 19th English alphabet letter – S, the most common beginning and ending letter in the English alphabet. My strength is in the many ways I can make in starting and stopping words.
Alphabet letter S PLURALS
I can change one bird into two birds by jumping on the end of the word bird. Likewise, I can change one hat into many hats or one car into a whole lot of cars. What a powerful letter I am! Remember that adding me to a word can make it plural.
Alphabet letter S POSSESIVES
However, if you add an apostrophe and ‘s’ to the end of a word, then I can change the meaning in a different way. The word will indicate a possession of the base word. For example, if you want to describe a shoe belonging to your father, you add ‘s to indicate the “father’s” shoe.
Alphabet letter S CONTRACTIONS
Another one of my powers is to combine two words into one. This is called a contraction. An example is the word “she’s”. The meaning is really “she is”, but I can combine the two words into one.
Alphabet letter S PRONUNCIATION
You can pronounce “s” in one of two ways: the first is my most natural sound you hear in the word snake, summer, and salt; the second, less common pronunciation is like a “z” in the word rise. Or you may hear both sounds in the word “scissors”.
One dictionary lists over 7,000 words that begin or end with the letter “s”. The list starts with ‘sac’ and ends with ‘syzygy’. Any way you cut it, big or small “s” has the power to start and stop many words.
STRETCH YOUR BRAIN
Trivia: I was the strongest man who ever lived until my girlfriend gave e a haircut. (Samson)
Activity: The number six and seven begin with the letter “s”. How many animals can you name that also begin with “s?
Tongue Twister: She sells seashells by the seashore. (Repeat three times)