Long U and Short U Resources

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Letter Sounds Quiz
Letter Sounds Quiz
Game
Letter Sounds Quiz
Your early reader matches vowel and consonant sounds with objects.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
A-E-I-O-U! Vowels Game
A-E-I-O-U! Vowels Game
Lesson Plan
A-E-I-O-U! Vowels Game
What do the letters A, E, I, O, and U have in common? They're all featured in this engaging reading lesson. Give your young learners a chance to play a version of Red Light, Green Light that doubles as a vowel review.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading: Phonics to Vocabulary
Reading: Phonics to Vocabulary
Workbook
Reading: Phonics to Vocabulary
This workbook focuses on the fundamentals of reading and spelling from vowel sounds to sight words.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Sound Sorting
Sound Sorting
Workbook
Sound Sorting
Sort out the short vowel sounds with this comprehensive phonics packet! Beginning readers will review vowel families and practice differentiating between "short" vowels and "long" vowels.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Short U Match-Up
Short U Match-Up
Game
Short U Match-Up
Kids must find the object that starts with the short u sound in this zany game.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
All Long Vowels Please Stand Up!
All Long Vowels Please Stand Up!
Lesson Plan
All Long Vowels Please Stand Up!
Students will learn long vowel tricks to expose impostor vowels who “say” their name in this fun game that teaches the long vowel rule.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Segmenting 1
Segmenting 1
Guided Lesson
Segmenting 1
This guided lesson builds upon kindergarteners' understanding of consonant-vowel-consonant or CVC words. Exercises teach kids how to spell CVC words, in addition to understanding how to pronounce each segment of the word. As children learn to swap out individual letters within words, they will build important phonemic fluency. Don't forget to check out our CVC word printables for further practice.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Long and Short Vowel Review
Long and Short Vowel Review
Worksheet
Long and Short Vowel Review
Distinguishing between long and short vowel sounds is one of the first steps in mastering vowels. Gauge student understanding of long and short vowels with this review activity.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
First Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
First Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Workbook
First Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
This final installment of our First Grade Fall Review Packet offers five more days of fun and diverse learning activities to prepare children for their first grade year.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Short U 1
Short U 1
Guided Lesson
Short U 1
This guided lesson focuses on short U, as in jump, sun, and duck. Kids learn how to recognize and read this sound, then practice with short U words. Breaking up lessons based on vowel sounds helps kids chunk concepts together, easing retention and boosting phonics skills. Once you are through with the lesson, consider downloading some of the accompanying short U printables for extended learning.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Short A 2
Short A 2
Guided Lesson
Short A 2
Having a strong understanding of short A words like bag, hand and bat can help first graders with reading fluency. This guided lesson helps to support first graders as they expand their comprehension of short A words. With targeted exercises and familiar examples, the lesson will take kids through the short A words they will most commonly come acrsoos in first grade texts.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Short U Rhyme Match
Short U Rhyme Match
Game
Short U Rhyme Match
Cub ... sub! Kids must match the short u rhyming words in this interactive card game.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Short U Cloud Catcher
Short U Cloud Catcher
Game
Short U Cloud Catcher
Kids find CVC words with the short u sound in this phonics game.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Short U Rhyme Hopper
Short U Rhyme Hopper
Game
Short U Rhyme Hopper
Kids make a splash with short u rhyming words in this puddle jump game.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
First Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
First Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Workbook
First Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Get your first grader geared up for a new year of learning with Week 3 of our First Grade Fall Review Packet.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
L-o-o-o-o-ng Vowels
L-o-o-o-o-ng Vowels
Workbook
L-o-o-o-o-ng Vowels
Go long for this collection of vowel sheets focused on long vowel sounds. Kids will work with some common long vowel words and then practice identifying long vowels versus short vowels.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Short U 2
Short U 2
Guided Lesson
Short U 2
Knowing the patterns for pronouncing short U words, such as jump, mug and sun, can help kids decipher and decode new texts. This lesson provides guided instruction to teach kids how to say the short U sound, and gives lots of examples of short U words first graders will commonly encounter. For more practice with short U words, be sure to check out the accompanying worksheets.
1st grade
Guided Lesson
Segmenting 2
Segmenting 2
Guided Lesson
Segmenting 2
Segmenting is a reading technique to help first graders break apart the sounds in new words. One example of this would be segmenting the sound units in the word black (b/l/a/k). This can help early readers tackle new words on their own, boosting reading confidence. This guided lesson teaches kids how to segment words in order to improve overall reading fluency.
1st grade
Guided Lesson
Long Vowel Sounds #1
Long Vowel Sounds #1
Worksheet
Long Vowel Sounds #1
Children will enjoy circling the words with long vowel sounds —and crossing out the words that don't — in this fun word matching worksheet.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fun With the Short U Sound
Fun With the Short U Sound
Lesson Plan
Fun With the Short U Sound
Your students will have fun identifying pictures, reading, and grouping words with the initial and medial short 'u' sound.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Short U Dot-to-Dot
Short U Dot-to-Dot
Game
Short U Dot-to-Dot
Help Floyd and Roly lay down beats in this dot-to-dot game.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Sight Words Sun Attack: Set 3
Sight Words Sun Attack: Set 3
Game
Sight Words Sun Attack: Set 3
Kids must beat the heat to identify common sight words.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Short A Opera
Short A Opera
Game
Short A Opera
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Segmenting Gum Stretch 2
Segmenting Gum Stretch 2
Game
Segmenting Gum Stretch 2
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Gus the Bug Quiz
Gus the Bug Quiz
Game
Gus the Bug Quiz
Kids choose between two sentences for the one that describes the picture.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game

Long U and Short U Resources

You can help students master their pronunciation of the long U and short U with the following Education.com worksheets, activities, and games. Before long, students who understand the different ways to say the letter U will be dreaming of undertaking undergraduate studies at university.
Most of the letters in the English alphabet are able to make more than one phonetic sound. Whether they are part of a vowel digraph, a consonant digraph, or under the influence of a silent e, there are many factors that may change the sound a letter makes. Vowels, like the letter U, have at least two sounds; the long and short vowel sounds.

The short sound of a vowel makes the sound students would most associate with that letter. In the case of the letter u this would be an uh sound as heard in cup and udder. The long sound sounds like the name of the letter as in cute and rebuke.

Students will discover that there are rules that these letters will most often follow that indicate which sounds each vowel should make. Working with students using the resources provided by Education.com may help students learn to recognize these rules and know when to use which vowel sound. Here are some of the rules:
  • Single syllable words with the vowel as the first letter will use the short vowel sound
    • Up
    • Us
  • When the vowel calls between two consonants in words called consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC), they will make the short vowel sound
    • Cup
    • Run
  • The silent e falling at the end of the word indicates that the vowel should make the long sound
    • Brute
    • Rude
There are exceptions to the rules. Some u words use a sound known as the short-oo. For example put, push, bull. Sometimes the letter u even makes a short i sound as in busy and business.