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.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities.
Short U Letter Tracing DJ Roly the Cat and Floyd the Mad Rapper Dog are in the house. This time around they are here to make sure your kindergarteners are able to recognize the letter U. This simple connect the dot exercise will show students exactly how to draw the letter U, which will make spotting it in texts that much simpler.
Short U Rhyme Hopper

Make a splash with Cuz-Cuz in this short vowel game! Kids must identify short u rhyming words to help this friendly monster hop his way through mud puddles before bath time. This phonics game is perfect practice to building words by blending onsets and rimes.

Short U Match-Up Which item starts with the short u sound? In this fun phonics game, kids must help Muggo find words that begin with the letter u to power up his friend-making machine. Each time early learners answer correctly, the machine gets stronger—which means more friends for Muggo! Perfect for practicing short vowel sounds, this high-energy game will have kids laughing start to finish.
Short U Cloud Catcher 2 Kindergarten students will see the magic of the “short u” sound through this click and point exercise led by Tutu the Fairy. With every correct answer, students create a rainbow instead of a rain cloud. At the same time, they move toward an even brighter reward, being able to consistently recognize middle vowel sounds.
Pug Story This friendly pug just wants a hug! Practice short '-ug' words with the help of a curious pug (and some bugs, and some mugs).

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