This lesson builds phonological awareness by distinguishing long “u” from short “u” words in single-syllable words. In 24 pages, the child will
• preview long and short “u" words: cub, cube, cut, cute, tub, tube, glue, blue, hug, huge
• read key words in context of related sentences,
• answer questions to distinguish long “u” from short “u” words,
• apply knowledge of vowel sounds to expanded vocabulary,
• identify long “u” and short “u” words, and
• trace color-coded words.
This lesson covers 13 short “u” and 12 long “u” words:
Short “u” words: cub, cut, tub, hug, rub, dub, rug, jug, sun, duck, pup, up, cup
Long “u” words: cube, cute, tube, glue, blue, huge, mule, Sue, flute, juice, blue, use
The activities are aligned to the following standards:
Common Core: ELA First Grade
RF.1.2a: Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.
RF.1.3c: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
L.1.1a: Print all upper- and lowercase letters.
Texas Education Knowledge and Skills: ELA First Grade
2.B: Distinguish between long- and short-vowel sounds in spoken one-syllable words (e.g. bit/bite).
21.A: Form upper- and lower-case letters legibly in text, using the basic conventions of print (left-to-right and top-to-bottom progression), including spacing between words and sentences.
This prereading pack is the fourth lesson of Book 1
from the Newitt First Grade Reading and Writing Program.
A key feature of the program is that it uses linear incremental steps and repeated practices linked to higher level thinking skills. This approach gives the learner a solid foundation of reading and writing experiences. In the process, the learner gains routine study habits, motivation to learn, confidence, and mastery.
Please print the lesson double-sided and then cut in half, so that each page is 5 1/2” by 8 1/2”. Each lesson has 24 sides.
For First Grade Book 1, please click here
For First Grade Book 2, please click here
For more lessons on long and short vowels, please click here
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