Reading Words with a Short Vowel /u/ Sound

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10426

Decoding and encoding words with a short /u/ sound is an important skill. In this lesson the student will have exposure to short /u/ words that follow a consonant vowel pattern.

categories

Phonics, Reading

subject
Reading
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Beaver
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

When you read and write you use the short /u/ sound in many words. The short /u/ sound is the sound you hear in the beginning of the word upCan you name a word with a short /u/ sound like the /u/ sound in up? Tell your teacher or parent the word you thought of and see if he or she can make a word to rhyme with it.

In this lesson, you will practice reading words with a short vowel /u/ sound.

Your goal is to be able to read each word correctly and write the word by listening to all of the individual letter sounds in the word.

To begin this lesson, watch Short /u/ Sound - Phonics by TurtleDiary to review the short u sound:

Next, have your teacher or parent download and print the Short /u/ Picture Cards found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. Cut out the letters and the picture cards. Lay the cards out on the table in front of you.

Where is the /u/ sound?

  1. Point to the picture of up.
    • Say the letter name U.
    • Next say the picture name.
    • Now say the short /u/ sound.
    • Stretch the /u/ sound in the word up by saying uuuup.
  2. Point to the picture of the umbrella.
    • Say the letter name U.
    • Next say the picture name.
    • Now say the short /u/ sound.
    • Stretch the /u/ sound in the word umbrella by saying uuuumbrella.
  3. Point to the picture of the rug.
    • Say the letter name U.
    • Next say the picture name.
    • Now say the short /u/ sound.
    • Where do you hear the short /u/ sound in this word?
    • Stretch the /u/ sound in the middle of the word rug by saying ruuuug.

Segmenting the sounds in words

Have your teacher or parent download and print the Short /u/ Segmenting Words Graphic Organizer (Downloadable Resources). Cut out the picture cards. Lay the cards and the segmenting mat out on the table in front of you.

  1. Begin with the picture of the up.
    • Say “up”.
    • Now say the beginning sound in up, /u/.
    • Next say the ending sound in up, /p/.
    • Now as you say each sound move a penny onto the mat.
    • Say /u/ and move a penny on to the first block.
    • Say /p/ and move another penny on to the next block.
  2. Moving the pennies onto the mat from the beginning of the word to the end as you say each sound will help you to hear and visualize each sound in the word.
    • How many sounds does the word up have? The word up has only two sounds.
  3. Now try saying the sounds in rug.
    • How many sounds do you hear in the word rug? Yes, there are three sounds in the word rug.
  4. Repeat this procedure for the picture cards run and sun.

Move on to the Got It? section to play a matching game!

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