Phonics & Phonemic Awareness: Short U

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

Worksheets
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
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
Cut out the letters and make two short u words: sun and mug.
Kindergarten
Clip the letters and arrange to make two short u words: jump and up.
Kindergarten
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
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
Your teacher will read some short u words to the class. Circle each word on the worksheet.
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
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
Word Wheels
Phonics word wheel: cup, cut, bus, tub, us, up, rug, run.
Kindergarten to 2nd 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
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
Games and Puzzles
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
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
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.

Printing Letters

Manuscript printing worksheets for all letters of the alphabet.

Dolch Sight Words

Printable activities, flash cards, and word wheels for the Dolch sight words.

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