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Phonics & Phonemic Awareness: Short U

This page contains phonics worksheets and printables for teaching students about the short-U vowel sound.

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Cut & Glue Activities

Cut out the words on the bottom of this worksheet and match the short-U words to the correct pictures.
1st and 2nd Grades
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Run, Bug! Run! is an 8-page book about a bug who runs from the rug, runs from a mug, and runs from the tub.
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
Use Scissors and glue to create this phonics flip book of words with a short-U vowel sound.
1st and 2nd Grades
Cut out the letter squares to form the words "up" and "jump" in the spaces provided.
1st and 2nd Grades
This cut and glue activity has your students forming the words "mug" and "sun" with the cut up letter squares.
1st and 2nd Grades
Students will use scissors to cut out the letter squares and a glue stick to adhere the letters to form the words "tub" and "under".
1st and 2nd Grades
This cut-and-glue pennant activity has 22 pennants of words with a short-U sound for students to color, cut out, and string up around the classroom.
1st and 2nd Grades

Worksheets

Your students will write in the missing letters for each short-U word and then write the whole word on the lines.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Your students will trace the words: run, drum, truck, and brush and then rewrite them on primary-ruled lines.
1st Grade
On this worksheet, students will color the pictures that have the short-U sound in their name.
1st Grade
Color in the circles to form the word in the picture. Then write the word on the lines.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Use colored crayons or a bingo dabber to mark the letters that make up the words bus, nut, rug, and cup.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
For each row of mixed up letters, find the short-U word from the picture and circle it.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Find the short-u word in each horizontal set of letters. Words include sun, bug, cup, and drum.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
In these easy-to-solve word hunts, students will find 7 different short-u words.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Your teacher will read some short u words to the class. Circle each word on the worksheet.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Draw lines to match the picture to the correct short-U word.
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
Use this printable worksheet filled with primary-ruled lines for students to think up as many words with short-U sounds as they can.
1st and 2nd Grades
Use this printable graphic organizer to help students think up words with a short-U sound.
1st and 2nd Grades
Circle the short-U words from the word bank and then write them in ABC order on the lines.
1st and 2nd Grades
Circle the six short u words in the box, then write the words in alphabetical order.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Mud Puppy is a cute, easy-to-read poem about a puppy who digs in the mud. It includes many short u words.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Buggy Bump Ball is a fun poem about bugs who attend a ball. The poem has lots of short u words.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
This phonics worksheet involves coloring to distinguish words with a short-U vowel sound from the other words.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Students can use letter stampers to form the short-U words in the spaces provided.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Look for capital and lowercase letter U. Practice writing the letter U u.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Can you find the umbrella, the UFO, and the unicycle in this picture?
Kindergarten

Games and Puzzles

Use these picture sorting cards to sort them into 2 groups: words that have a short-U vowel sound and words that don't.
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
This printable file has 40 cards (half words and half pictures) for students to match together.
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
There are twenty-eight word cards that can be printed and cut apart and used to sort into groups of words with a short-U vowel sound and words without.
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
Cut out the word squares and rearrange them on the table to make sentences. Try to use a short-U word in each sentence.
1st and 2nd Grades
Students will love practicing short u words with this whole-class card game. Words include: cup, shut, drum, plus, cub, track, under, bug, and up.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
This printable scavenger hunt activity is a fun way for your class to practice with their short-U words.
1st and 2nd Grades
Students build simple CVC words with the short a sound and the short u sound. Words include: rug, bug, bat, rat, hat.
Pre-K through 1st Grade

Flash Cards and Word Wheels

This printable file has thirty-six flashcards of short-U words that can be cut apart and used for review.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
These words include tub, club, cub, and sub.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
This word wheel includes the words tuck, luck, truck, and duck.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
This set includes tug, mug, rug, dug, and plug.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Phonics word wheel: cup, cut, bus, tub, us, up, rug, run.
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
This set includes lump, pump, thump, and jump.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
This word wheel includes the words bun, fun, sun, and spun.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
This circle includes junk, trunk, bunk, sunk, chunk, skunk.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
This circle includes but, cut, gut, shut, and nut.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade

See Also:

Phonics Worksheets: Consonants

Basic games and printable worksheets for each consonant sound; Includes beginning and ending sounds.

Phonics Worksheets: Vowels

Basic worksheets and games for each shot and long vowel sound.

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Printing Letters

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Dolch Sight Words

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