This Phonics and Writing resource helps students master Short U word families while also practicing basics such as letter formation and sentence writing. It contains the following components:
8 Mini-stories to introduce the short vowel U and each word family
The stories center around Uuu Umbrella who likes to think before he speaks, so before giving his opinion he always says, "u u u". Each story has him giving an opinion on something to make the words families ub, ug, um, un, up, us, ut
Audio Versions of each mini-story
Students can independently listen to each word family story on a computer or tablet. Note: Audio will only play if the file is opened in Adobe Reader - the audio does not work in Preview. To play on an I-pad the app ezPDF Reader is needed.
Illustrated Word Wall
Contains 66 Short U words to be posted in the classroom as a reference tool and to be used for literacy center activities.
One page per word family. Students trace the upper and lower case of each letter in the word family as well as a sentence with words from the word family. Students also draw a picture to match the sentence to practice reading and visualization.
10 pages with various levels of difficulty, practicing onsets, rimes, reading and spelling.
One page per word family. Students choose 3 words from the word family, draw a picture of it and write a sentence with the word. High frequency words are also included on the page. This activity is especially helpful in getting reluctant or struggling writers to write a complete sentence, while allowing more capable students to write to their ability.
Write your own Short U book
Students use the pictures included in the template as inspiration to write their own Short U sentences. The format is open-ended so students can write as short or as long a book as they are capable of.
Phonics Spinner Games
A Spinner with all the Short U word families is included with 4 game variations and recording sheets.
The preview includes a complete table of contents and suggested uses for this resource.
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