These worksheets focus on understanding the use and application of words that contain long and short u vowel sounds.

What Are Long and Short U Vowels? The English language works in a funny manner. Long and short u vowels are few of those instances. Now, what is the concept behind them? Its simple, if there is a word where you must say “Ew”, then it's a long U word. If you don't have to but there is a U present in the spelling, then it's a short U word. Let us give you some examples: Long U Words: Students, rude, stupid, cute, etc. See what happened? You literally have to say Ew in them. Short U Words: Cup, mug, hug, uncle, etc. You don't even feel like there is u there, but spelling-wise it is there. So its essential that your students grasp the concept of these words. There are kids who mispronounce short U words like they are the long ones.

As far as "Long u" vowels you will also see that the u_e combination, ew, and oo can make the same sound as a standard long u. Did you know the noun with the longest number of letters? It's a hill in New Zealand. It is called: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwenuakitnatahu. Come on Kiwi-land you couldn't curb the letters, just a bit? The most common long "u" words are: music, student, use, cute, huge, tube, rule and flute. The most common short "u" words are: bud, bug, cut, cup, fun, jug, run and tug.

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The Long U Sound

Circle the objects that have a long U (ū) sound. Then write the word under the picture.

Short U (ŭ) Words

Circle the short a words. Words include: shrug, ruin, plum, rug, duel, numb, tune, tuck, moon, shoe, undone, tomb

Long U, Short U

Color the Long U words RED. Color the Short u words BLUE. Color all other words GREEN.

New Words

Complete each sentence with a Long U word from the word box.

Sound Like They Appear

Circle the word in each pair that has the long u sound. Write that word on the line. Words include: puppet, value, cup, acute, granule, grub, rugged, refuse, news, nugget

Short Search

Say the name of the picture. Circle the word.

Long Word Search

Underline the Long U words in the story and write them on the lines. Only write each word once.

Skunk, Shoes, Igloo

Cut out the pictures. Glue them next to the correct u sound words.

Short u Worksheet

Say the name of each picture. If it has a short u sound, draw a line to connect the picture to the short u.

Long U | Short U

Read each word. Does it have a long U (ū) sound, or a short U (ŭ) sound? Color in the circle next to the correct sound.

Short u and u_e Words

Read each word. Then add an e. Read the new word and write it on the line.

Finish It Off Words

Read each word. Then draw a picture of it.

Long u | u__e Words

Draw a line to match each picture to the correct word.

The Long U Sound

Name each picture and sound it out. Spell its name on the line.

Can You Hear the Short U (ŭ)?

Circle the word in each set that starts with a short u (ŭ) sound. Circle the word in each set that contains the same sound.