Lesson Plan for Short Vowel Uu

Letter Uu

Objective:  Teach the short Uu or Schwa sound,  recognize some words with that sound, and compare it to the long sound of Uu .


  • Be prepared to talk about the sound of disappointment.  (Uh!).  Check out our website for phonics materials taught through music and our phonics lesson plans.  http://www.phonicsbyspelling.com/
  • Copy the poem, “Look Up”.
  • Collect some pictures That start with the short sound of Uu and the long sound of Uu.
  • Copy this word paper. Uu words
  • Have a large paper to write an “UP” poem.
  • Write some high frequency Schwa words on cards. (the, a, love, come, some, away, up, us, but, etc.
  • Possible book:  Great Day for Up by Dr. Suess


Listen to at least 10 songs in Phonics By Spelling books including the long and short sounds of “Uu”.

Johnny worked so hard to build his block tower.  Uh! He was so sad when he made it fall.  Let’s make the “Uh! So Sad!” sound together.  This sound or schwa sound is the most used sound in the English language.  Every vowel can make this sound.  In multi-syllable words, the unaccented syllable often has the schwa sound.

Read the poem, “Look Up”.

  • Look up at the sky.
  • What do you see?
  • Gray clouds up,
  • Rain coming down.
  • What will we do?
  • Where will we go?
  • Under my umbrella,
  • Don’t you know.
  •   -Anonymous

Talk about the short Uu words in the poem.

Show and discuss pictures of things that have the short and long sound of Uu.


Give each child a paper with Uu words. Uu words

  • Read the words together.
  • Have them draw the pictures for each word.  You may want to help by step by step showing them simple ways to draw each picture.
  • Have them practice writing some of the words, make rhyming words or make the letter Uu.
  • Read together some Schwa high frequency or short vowel U words.  Have them write some of the words on the back of their paper.   

You may also write a poem about “UP” together.

Possibly, read the book, Great Day for Up, by Dr. Suess.


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