This pack contains two activities for your kiddos to practice differentiating between the short and long U sounds. To introduce the short U sound, students can work individually or with a small group to match up the short U umbrella tops with their matching handle. Each umbrella top contains a picture that has a short U ending (8 endings in total), while the umbrella handles contain the written words. Students must try to read the written words and then match them with the appropriate picture. To practice the long U sound, as well as to work on differentiating the two sounds, students can play the long U board game. To play, each group needs a board, a die, game pieces for each student (I use colored counters) and counters to serve as points. Students take turns rolling the die (I usually use a die labeled 1-3 so the game takes a little longer) and then saying the word they land on. If the word contains a long U sound, they get to take a counter, but if they land on a short U sound they must put a counter back. The student with the most counters at the end of the game wins!