Grade Levels: K

In this lesson plan, kindergartners use BrainPOP Jr. resources to learn about the long u sound. They discover what letter combinations create this sound and the subtle differences in how “long u” sounds in certain words. Students apply their understanding by drawing an on- or offline picture of something that has the long “u” sound.


*If using this lesson for distance learning, setup for video conferencing, such as Zoom, Google Meet, etc. Create and send an invitation with a link.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Build background knowledge: Watch the BrainPOP Jr. Long U movie.
  2. Express understanding: Draw an on- or offline picture that has the long “u” sound in it.
  3. Assess: Take the EASY Quiz to show what they learned.


  • Internet access for BrainPOP Jr.
  • Construction paper and markers (offline option)


Lesson Procedure:

  1. Tap students’ prior knowledge. Tap students’ prior knowledge. Ask them to tell you something that makes a long u sound. Or you can give examples and ask if the word has a long u sound or not: tube, hug, boat, juice?
  2. Watch the BrainPOP Jr. movie Long U. Click the pause button each time a question appears in Annie’s Notebook and answer it. Then play to see how Annie answers it.

    TIP: the pause button turns red to remind you to pause.  

    Offline Option: Print out the transcript and Annie’s Notebook for a grown-up to read aloud at home. Suggest that the child play Moby and “Beep” in response to Annie. 
  3. Instruct students to open their Draw About It assignment. Or, if you are not using the Assignment Builder, show how to open Draw About It.  
  4. Read aloud the prompt: SDraw a picture of something that has the long “u” sound. Have a partner to guess the word. 

    Direct students to click the Start arrow. When they finish their drawings, remind them to click the Submit To Teacher button and/or print out their picture.

    Offline Option: Students draw their pictures on paper with markers or crayons.
  5. Have students open their Quiz assignment. Or, if you are not using the Assignment Builder, show how to open the Easy Quiz.  
  6. Hover over the questions and answers to hear them read aloud. If you assigned the quiz, you will see students’ results in your Dashboard. If not assigned, remind students to click the Submit to Teacher button.

    Offline Option: Print out the Easy Quiz for students by clicking the print icon.   Read aloud each question and answer options, repeating as needed.