99 Closed Syllable Words for Kids [PDF List & Worksheet]

Closed syllable words are words that contain a syllable with a short-sounding vowel that is followed by a consonant. This page provides lists of the most crucial closed syllable words with examples and pictures.

List of 99 Closed Syllable Words

Whilst it is crucial to teach open syllable words, it is also vitally important to teach closed syllable words as they are a fundamental area of language development.

Closed syllable words are words that contain a short vowel sound followed by a consonant. Furthermore, closed syllable words must include a syllable with only one short vowel instead of a long vowel, which appear in open syllable words.

Here is a list of some of the most important closed syllable words:

  1. Ad       
  2. Ash     
  3. Ask     
  4. Back   
  5. Bat     
  6. Bed    
  7. Bog    
  8. Box    
  9. Buck
  10. Bun
  11. Bunch
  12. Cap    
  13. Cat     
  14. Chat   
  15. Clip     
  16. Clutch
  17. Cup
  18. Cut
  19. Dish    
  20. Doctor
  21. Don    
  22. Dot     
  23. Fax     
  24. Fed     
  25. Fish    
  26. Fish
  27. Flatten
  28. Fun
  29. Gap    
  30. Gosh  
  31. Got     
  32. Gum
  33. Hen    
  34. Hit      
  35. Hot     
  36. If         
  37. In        
  38. It         
  39. Jet      
  40. Jig       
  41. Job     
  42. Jump
  43. Lap     
  44. Leg     
  45. Magnet
  46. Mash 
  47. Men   
  48. Mom  
  49. Mud
  50. Mug
  51. Net     
  52. Nut
  53. Odd    
  54. On      
  55. Pat     
  56. Peck   
  57. Pet     
  58. Pig      
  59. Pod    
  60. Pug
  61. Pup
  62. Rat     
  63. Red    
  64. Rid      
  65. Rot     
  66. Rubbish
  67. Rug
  68. Rush
  69. Scratch
  70. Set      
  71. Ship    
  72. Shop  
  73. Shrimp
  74. Shrug
  75. Six      
  76. Skin    
  77. Spot
  78. Stench
  79. Stop   
  80. Stretch
  81. Stubborn
  82. Sun
  83. Sunset
  84. Tap     
  85. Ten     
  86. Thrill
  87. Tin      
  88. Top    
  89. Trip    
  90. Trumpet
  91. Tub
  92. Tug
  93. Twist
  94. Vet     
  95. Web   
  96. Wed   
  97. Wet    
  98. Win    
  99. With   

We have further explained our top picks at the bottom of the article.

Closed Syllable Words for 1st Grade

When children are in kindergarten or 1st grade, they must start with the most basic of closed syllable words, which are those that only contain two or three letters.

Once children have mastered the pronunciation of these words, then they will be far better equipped to learn the longer closed syllable words.

closed syllable words

Here are the ten closed syllable words that are most suitable for 1st grade or kindergarten:

  • Ad
  • Cat
  • Cup
  • If
  • In
  • It
  • On
  • Sun
  • Tin
  • Win

Closed Syllable Words for 2nd Grade

When children arrive in 2nd grade, they are capable of pronouncing slighter longer and more complex words than they are in kinder.

Therefore, it is a good idea to increase the difficulty of the words for students in 2nd grade by including more three-letter words rather than simply using two-letter words. 

Here are ten closed syllable words that are suitable for teaching to 2nd graders:

  • Bag
  • Box
  • Set
  • Six
  • Ten
  • Top
  • Tub
  • Vet
  • Web
  • Wet

Closed Syllable Words for 3rd Grade

In 3rd grade, students are aged between 8 and-9 years old and are capable of pronouncing and reading more complex words and sentences.

Therefore, for this age group, it is appropriate to start including four-letter closed syllable words that contain more complex combinations of consonants.

Here are ten closed syllable words that are suitable to teach 3rd graders.

  • Back
  • Buck
  • Chat
  • Jump
  • Mash
  • Peck
  • Rush
  • Shop
  • Trip
  • With

Closed Syllable Words for 4th Grade

Students in 4th grade are between 9-10 years old and are therefore capable of reading and pronouncing far more complex words that contain complicated combinations of consonants.

At this age, it is appropriate to start including five and six-letter words when teaching students how to pronounce closed syllable words.

Here is a list of ten closed syllable words that are suitable for teaching 4th graders:

  • Bunch
  • Clutch
  • Doctor
  • Shrimp
  • Shrug
  • Stench
  • Stretch
  • Stubborn
  • Sunset
  • Trumpet