Long U

Language Arts

The sound this letter stands for is the long vowel sound /u/ as in unicycle.  (You could teach your child that when a vowel is long the letter says it's name.)

Theme words:  unicorn, ukulele, unicycle, uniform, universe, unity, United States, Ukraine, useful, utensil, university

Poetry and Rhymes:

Useful U
by Katrina Lybbert

U is so very useful in words I love to say,
Unicorn, unicycle, ukulele, fun to play!

U is also useful in places far and near,
United States, the Ukraine, the universe so dear!

Oh useful, useful letter U,
Thanks for being... just U!

Books to read aloud:

The Dragon and the Unicorn by Lynne Cherry
Nobody Rides the Unicorn by Adrian Mitchell
The Bird's Gift: A Ukrainian Easter Story by Eric A. Kimmel
Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco
The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale by Jan Brett


Music Appreciation:

Instrument - Ukulele


The Unicorn (Irish Rovers)


Make unicorn horns - use bugle snacks or other cone shaped food.


Scripture:  Matthew 6:7 "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions..."


'uni' - teach how the prefix 'uni' in words such as unicorn, unicycle, unity, and so on, means one.


Unicorn... talk about how this is a pretend creature.

Universe... show pictures of the solar system and space and talk about how this is all part of the universe.

Social Studies

Read some books on the United States, color a map of the United States, or Ukraine.

Art Project

Make a uniform... dress up as a doctor, nurse, firefighter, etc.

Art Appreciation:  Ukrainian Easter Eggs.. find a decorative egg or look at some pictures, point out the many different designs.


Learn more about the unicycle.

Field Trip

Visit a university.


Copyright © 2000 - 2003 by Katrina Lybbert