Z Words: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

There are so many fabulous words out there, and many of them begin with the letter Z! Come and learn about some Z words that you may not have known before, so that you can use them in your writing and speaking!

The Letter Z is Everywhere!

Zizzi's zippy zipper zips. Can you say that three times fast? If so, congratulations! You just successfully said a tongue twister with words that start with Z. Words that start with Z are everywhere. You can read them, write them, or say them. Some are nouns, some are verbs, and some are adjectives. Let's look at a few examples of Z words that you can start to use in your vocabulary today!

Z Nouns

Nouns are words that are people, places, things, or ideas. Here are just a few examples of nouns that begin with the letter Z:

  • Zebra: a wild black and white striped mammal that is related to horses and donkeys
  • Zipper: a strip with metal or plastic that interlocks to open or close something like clothing or luggage
  • Zither: a musical instrument made out of a wooden box and strings
  • Zucchini: a green squash vegetable
  • Zydeco: a genre of music that comes from Louisiana
  • Zoologist: a biologist who studies everything related to the animal kingdom

This zither can be used to play a beautiful song!
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Z Verbs

Have you ever seen a car zoom down the street? This means that it went down the street very quickly. Zoom is just one example of a verb, which is an action word, that starts with Z. Examples of other verbs that begin with Z include:

  • Zigzag: to move in a line with abrupt left and right angles
  • Zipped: to move quickly; to fasten with a zipper
  • Zested: to scrape the outer part of the rind off of a fruit, like an orange
  • Zap: to hit an object with an electric current
  • Zeroing: to focus in on something

See how easy it is to zest a lemon?
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