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Phoneme Spotter Story – Long 'u' Sound

PDF | 2 pages|Grades: 1 - 2

A decodable text featuring various graphemes that make the long ‘u’ sound.

One fundamental aspect of phonemic awareness is understanding that multiple graphemes can be used to represent a single phoneme. In order to do this, students must first become familiar with the sound that a particular phoneme makes. Time to read aloud to explore the long ‘u’ sound!

Exploring the long ‘u’ sound

This phoneme spotter story, The Stew, explores some of the graphemes that make the long ‘u’ vowel sound. These include the split digraph ‘u_e’, the digraph ‘ue’, the digraph ‘ew’, and the digraph ‘oo’. (Note: The long ‘u’ makes two sounds – ‘yoo’ and ‘oo’.)

How to use this resource

Individual or small group activity
Provide the students with a copy of the text. Have them read the story aloud. Each time they hear the long ‘u’ sound, ask the students to highlight or colour the word that includes this sound.

Whole-class activity
Project the text onto your whiteboard. Read the text aloud to the students. Each time they hear the long ‘u’ sound, have the students indicate this in some way, e.g. put their hands on their head, stand up, clap their hands. Afterwards, discuss the various graphemes that made the long ‘u’ sound within the text.

Looking for additional resources to teach the long ‘u’ sound?

Use this active PowerPoint game to consolidate your students understanding of the long and short ‘u’ sound in common words.

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      Australian Curriculum alignment

    • ACELA1458

      Use short vowels, common long vowels, consonant digraphs and consonant blends when writing, and blend these to read single syllable wordsElaborationsusing knowledge of letters and sounds to write words with short vowels, for example ‘man’, ...

    • ACELA1824

      Use most letter-sound matches including vowel digraphs, less common long vowel patterns, letter clusters and silent letters when reading and writing words of one or more syllableElaborationsrecognising when some letters are silent, for example ‘...

    • ACELA1825

      Understand that a sound can be represented by various letter combinationsElaborationsrecognising sounds that can be produced by different letters, for example the long ‘a’ sound in ‘wait’, ‘stay’, ‘able’ and â...

    • ACELY1659

      Read decodable and predictable texts using developing phrasing, fluency, contextual, semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge and emerging text processing strategies, for example prediction, monitoring meaning and re-readingElaborationsusing contex...

    • ACELY1669

      Read less predictable texts with phrasing and fluency by combining contextual, semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge using text processing strategies, for example monitoring meaning, predicting, rereading and self-correctingElaborationsusing pri...

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    Ros Carter

    This is great, thankyou

    Ros Carter · Aug 9th, 2021

    Holly (Teach Starter)

    You’re most welcome Ros! So glad you like this resource.

    Holly (Teach Starter) · Aug 10th, 2021

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