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The Letter U

The-Letter-UThe letter U makes the sound heard in the words up, funny and jump. This is the sound (short u) you would first introduce to a child. The letter u also makes the long u sound as heard in the words June, unit and menu. The long u is often pronounced as if the letter Y is in front of it, e.g., music (myuzik) & mule (myul).

The letter u is most commonly found using the short u sound, followed by the long u sound. When the letter u follows the letter Q, it sounds like a W, e.g., queen and quick. The letter u can also make the following sounds:

  • Schwa sound, e.g., circus & supper,
  • Short OO, e.g., full & sugar,
  • Long OO, e.g., truth, Sue & duty,
  • ER Sound, e.g., fur & purple,
  • Broad O vowel, e.g., auto & haul, and
  • Diphthong, e.g. out & loud.

The letter U can also sound like a short i, e.g. busy, and like a short e, e.g. bury.

Letter U Worksheets

Letter-U-Worksheet-1 We created worksheets to help your child practice forming the letter U correctly. Ideally, letters should be formed from top to bottom and left to right with a continuous stroke when possible. The uppercase U is formed as follows: down, curve and up. The lowercase U is formed as follows: down, curve, up and then down.

Letter U Worksheet 1
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter u.

Letter U Worksheet 2
We offer a free printable worksheet that focuses on the uppercase letter u. We encourage a child to say, trace and write the uppercase letter u.

Letter U Worksheet 3
We offer a free printable worksheet that focuses on the lowercase letter u. We encourage a child to say, trace and write the lowercase letter u.

Letter U Worksheet 4
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter u.

Letter U Worksheet 5
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter u.

Letter U Worksheet 6
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter u. We also included a fun game – circle the items that begin with the letter u.

Words with the Letter U

The table below contains a list of words with the letter u. We also indicate the location of the short u sound – beginning (initial) or middle (medial). Our list contains 260 words; please use our search feature to narrow results.

Letter U Words
Sound
bluffmedial
bluntmedial
blushmedial
brunchmedial
brushmedial
buckmedial
budmedial
budgemedial
buffmedial
bugmedial
bulkmedial
bummedial
bumpmedial
bunmedial
bunchmedial
bunkmedial
buntmedial
busmedial
bustmedial
butmedial
buttmedial
Chuckmedial
chugmedial
chummedial
chumpmedial
chunkmedial
clubmedial
cluckmedial
clumpmedial
clungmedial
clutchmedial
crumbmedial
crunchmedial
crushmedial
crustmedial
crutchmedial
cubmedial
cuffmedial
cullmedial
cupmedial
cussmedial
cutmedial
drubmedial
drudgemedial
drugmedial
drummedial
drunkmedial
dubmedial
duckmedial
dudmedial
dugmedial
dullmedial
dumbmedial
dumpmedial
dungmedial
dunkmedial
dustmedial
Dutchmedial
flubmedial
fluffmedial
flungmedial
flunkmedial
flushmedial
frumpmedial
fudgemedial
funmedial
funkmedial
funnymedial
fussmedial
glummedial
glutmedial
grubmedial
grudgemedial
gruffmedial
grumpmedial
gruntmedial
gullmedial
gummedial
gunmedial
gushmedial
gustmedial
gutmedial
hubmedial
huffmedial
hugmedial
hulkmedial
hullmedial
hummedial
humpmedial
hunchmedial
hundredmedial
hungmedial
hunkmedial
huntmedial
hushmedial
hutmedial
hutchmedial
judgemedial
jugmedial
jumpmedial
junkmedial
justmedial
jutmedial
luckmedial
lugmedial
lullmedial
lumpmedial
lunchmedial
lungmedial
lushmedial
lustmedial
muchmedial
muckmedial
mudmedial
muffmedial
mugmedial
mullmedial
mummedial
munchmedial
mushmedial
mussmedial
mustmedial
muttmedial
nubmedial
nudgemedial
numbmedial
numbermedial
nunmedial
nutmedial
pluckmedial
plugmedial
plummedial
plumbmedial
plumpmedial
plunkmedial
plusmedial
plushmedial
pubmedial
puckmedial
puffmedial
pugmedial
pumpmedial
punmedial
punchmedial
punkmedial
puntmedial
pupmedial
pusmedial
puttmedial
rubmedial
ruffmedial
rugmedial
rummedial
rumpmedial
runmedial
rungmedial
runtmedial
rushmedial
rustmedial
rutmedial
scrubmedial
scuffmedial
scummedial
shrubmedial
shrugmedial
shrunkmedial
shuckmedial
shunmedial
shuntmedial
shutmedial
skullmedial
skunkmedial
sludgemedial
slugmedial
slummedial
slumpmedial
slunkmedial
slushmedial
smudgemedial
smugmedial
smutmedial
snubmedial
snuffmedial
snugmedial
sprungmedial
spudmedial
spunmedial
spunkmedial
struckmedial
strummedial
strungmedial
strutmedial
stubmedial
stuckmedial
studmedial
studymedial
stuffmedial
stumpmedial
stunmedial
stungmedial
stunkmedial
stuntmedial
submedial
suchmedial
suckmedial
suddenmedial
sulkmedial
summedial
summermedial
sunmedial
sungmedial
sunkmedial
supmedial
swummedial
swungmedial
thrushmedial
thrustmedial
thudmedial
thugmedial
thumbmedial
thumpmedial
thusmedial
truckmedial
trudgemedial
trumpmedial
trunkmedial
trussmedial
trustmedial
tubmedial
tuckmedial
tugmedial
Tutmedial
ughinitial
uglyinitial
ulcerinitial
ultrainitial
umbrellainitial
umpireinitial
unableinitial
uncertaininitial
uncleinitial
underinitial
understandinitial
underwearinitial
undoinitial
unhappyinitial
unlessinitial
untilinitial
unusualinitial
unzipinitial
upinitial
uponinitial
uproarinitial
upsetinitial
upstairsinitial
usinitial
usherinitial
utmostinitial
utterinitial
wrungmedial

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