Letter I is typically taught early in the phonics sequence, usually after A and separate from E, as the short I and short e sounds are difficult to distinguish. Letter formation with uppercase and lowercase versions of I is relatively straightforward; kids can begin learning it as soon as they can draw short straight lines.
However, kids still need to practice recognizing and writing the letter so that they’re ready to read.
Free Printable Letter I Worksheets
Whether you’re working on letter recognition or letter writing with the letter I, these free printable worksheets give your students ample opportunity to practice. You can use these sheets in the classroom, as center work, or send them home for extra practice.
Letter I Coloring Pages
Letter I worksheets and coloring pages are some of the best ways to introduce students to letter I. Most kids find coloring pages engaging, and coloring helps build fine motor skills essential to writing.
These two sheets introduce kids to the letter I and two words that begin with the short I sound – illustrator and iguana. The first sheet lets kids free color and features dotted lines for tracing uppercase and lowercase I.
The second sheet is a color-by-letter sheet that gives kids practice distinguishing between uppercase and lowercase I. It’s a good fit for kids with some letter I experience.
Letter I Recognition
Before entering kindergarten, kids need experience with letter identification. Most kindergarten teachers expect kids to recognize the letters. These two letter recognition worksheets help kids identify uppercase and lowercase I and are great for students who aren’t yet writing.
The first sheet is a do-a-dot sheet. Students can use stickers or dot markers to fill in the letters. Encourage students to follow the correct writing path as they fill them in.
The second sheet allows kids to distinguish between the letter I and other letters.
Letter I Tracing Worksheets
Tracing is an integral part of developing writing skills. As students practice tracing the letter I, they develop the muscle memory needed for writing.
These two letter I worksheets give preschool and kindergarten students ample opportunities to trace both forms of the letter. The second sheet also lets them practice letter recognition skills.
Phonemic Awareness With Letter I
As children practice writing and recognizing the letter I, they should also begin working on letter sounds. Letter I can be challenging, as the short /i/ sound is often confused with the short /e/ sound.
The Say and Trace Ii worksheet gives students the opportunity to work with words beginning with I. Examples include long and short sounds of I.
All-in-One Letter I Worksheet
Even when kids have learned their letters and sounds, they need plenty of review and practice to help them build a strong foundation. Our all-in-one letter I worksheet is a great printable for review or assessment. Kids practice writing, letter recognition, and phonemic awareness.
Letter I Activities
We’ve designed our free letter I worksheets to be part of a comprehensive letter recognition and writing curriculum. You should include hands-on activities with these worksheets to give students a variety of practice.
Be sure to give your kids a chance to make the letter I out of Play-Doh and practice writing in sand and shaving cream. Your class can sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and read the book Inchworm and a Half by Elinor J. Pinczes. Kids may make a letter I inchworm using colorful pom-pom balls.
Writing and Recognizing Letters Made Easy
These letter I worksheets are part of a series of free alphabet printables designed to help younger children recognize the letters and develop early writing skills. Be sure to check out the other sheets in our series and include them in your reading and writing curriculum.