What is a consonant?

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In the English alphabet, we have both vowels and consonants. Can you name all of the vowels? – A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y are the letters that make up the vowels in the English alphabet. The consonants are made up of all of the others!

So, consonants are letters like T and L. K, V, N, P… all consonants! But, what do they have in common? What makes them consonants??

Unlike vowels, consonants are letters that require us to block the flow of air from our mouth when we say them, and letters that make us close or partially close some part of our vocal tract (such as mouth or nasal cavity) when we say them

To get a better idea of how consonants work, say aloud a few vowels, and then a few consonants. Do you feel the way your mouth has to close when you say the letters F or Z but not the letters I or U? Think about the flow of air – more air flows freely out of your mouth when you say vowels than when you say consonants! 
 
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    Counting Consonants!

    Think about some of the words you know how to read or write. Look at them in a book or write them down on a piece of paper. 

    Count the number of vowels and the number of consonants in each word you examine. What do you notice about the number of consonants versus the number of vowels? Do some words have lots of consonants, while others have lots of vowels? Do most words seem to have at least a few of each?? What do you think would be different if there were more or fewer consonants in each word?
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