Teaching Phonics

short u sound – Phonics Poster


A FREE PRINTABLE phonics sound poster which focuses on auditory discrimination for the beginning sound short u.



short u Words

Phonics Poster – short u Sound

short u words

short u words – Phonics Poster

Ideal for Exploring introducing & revising Letter Z

(a phonics poster for you to download and print)

Words that start with short u List


How to Download Your Words that start with short u Phonics Poster:

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One Way to Use this Poster:

  1. Students sit in pairs.
  2. Introduces the words starting with z poster on the website and models decoding the words.
  3. Model giving clues for the students to guess e.g. ‘This thing is often found in the front of jeans _______ ‘, ‘A horse like animal with stripes’. 
  4. Students guess the word and spell it to their partner. 
  5. In pairs the students create clues for their partner to guess.

Another Possible to Use this Poster:

  1. Complete a running record or a student.
  2. If the short u sound appears to be a sound the student needs knowledge on, go to and find & print the short u words poster.
  3. Explore the poster together.
  4. Practice the decoding the words together.
  5. Place the poster in a loose leaf folder to create a book or personal sounds the student needs to work on. 

Yet Another Way You Might Like to Use this Poster

  • Recorded Reading – students record themselves reading the word lists (phone, tablet, PC) and listen to themselves reading the words back. Ask them to identify words they need to practice and what they perceive to be the problem. How will we fix that problem?

Where to Next?

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