Substitute teaching at the elementary level isn’t all that difficult as far as subject matter goes. While there have been occasions in the past where, once or twice, I didn’t feel “educated” enough in English grammar to actually teach the subject, those situations tended to be at the upper grade levels. Teacher edition text books with the answers included and teacher provided answer keys for any worksheets to be handed out make my job fairly easy to handle.
Any functioning adult should be able to master 1st grade worksheets without any problem or aid from an answer key. English grammar at a 1st grade level shouldn’t be a problem…even for ME!
So imagine my surprise and frustration when confronted with the following worksheet involving words with vowel “U”:
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The instructions are simple enough.
1. Say each picture name.
2. Listen to the sound of each letter
3. Print the word for the picture name.
All the words have either the short or long form of the vowel “U” and this being 1st grade work, all the words are less than five letters in length.
Quick, time yourself and see how well you do in identifying the word that goes with all the pictures.
Note: All current and veteran 1st grade teachers are disqualified from participating. THEY, of course, have the answer key!
(The one circled in red is a real killer. For the longest time the only thing I could imagine was that finger removing a “booger” from the baby’s nose. But that’s an entirely different vowel…)