Phase 3 phonics sounds: long “oo” sound jolly phonics


How to teach long oo sound:

We are going to teach kids the long oo sound through 6 steps. Each step will add a lot of fun and liveliness to the learning time. Let’s see together:

1. sound oo story:

Long oo sound jolly phonics

Once, there was a little girl called soo living in a lovely neighborhood. The girl always wears her nice boots and goes on a ride around the hood. She gives food to all the poor she meets on the road. When she goes back home at night to sleep. First, she brushes her teeth, tooth by tooth. She goes to bed feeling happy and in the mood. At 8:00 am in the morning a little cuckoo comes out of the clock to wake her up for a new nice day, saying “O..oo….O..oo….O..oo”.

2. oo sound jolly phonics pronunciation:

  • The “oo” sound has two forms. Here we will take the long oo but the close-rounded shaped one like in boot and hood and not the “oa”
  • To make the “oo” sound, you should focus on the correct position of your jaw, lips, and tongue.
  • Open your mouth a little and push your lips out, making a small, tense circle.
  • Pull your tongue far back in your throat and tense it.
  • Raise the back of the tongue toward the roof of your mouth.
  • Remember, the “oo” is a tense sound, so your lips and tongue should be tense.
  • Your tongue should be pulled back in your mouth.


3. jolly phonics digraph long oo dictation:

walk with your kid step by step on his notebook to write the following digraph. Show him the gif below and motivate him to imitate it.

4. long oo sound trigraph tracing worksheet:

Here’s the digraph “oo” tracing worksheet to practice:

Long oo sound jolly phonics

5. jolly phonics sound long oo – blending exercise:

Use our phonics phase 2 and phase 3 flashcards to practice some pronunciation activities with your kid: 

  • First level: Make combinations of the flashcards below and let the child recognize which letters are making the sound “oo”.
  • Advanced level: Let the child assemble the words below by himself. keep telling him the pronunciation of the word until he can make the combination alone. 

The word the kid should make here is “poor”.

Try other words too…

jolly phonics sound long oo – words dictation:

Write on the board or on a piece of paper the following table of graphemes. Give the kid some oral words that can only be combined with available graphemes in the table. See how your kid will be able to form a word from.


The teacher/parent here may say :


Now the kid has to know how to form the latter word from the table using his listening skills and his knowledge of blending.

after the teacher/parent pronounce the word the kid should arrange the word following the pronunciation he heard

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