A Slew of Screws

A Slew of Screws
Target text


Read and write words with the long u spelling pattern -ew.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • new
  • few
  • grew
  • knew
  • screw
  • threw


  • Pot, spoon, and bowl
  • Word cards
  • Word-building cards
  • Screw graphics (optional)
  • A few screws (optional)
  • A Stew with a Slew of Screws target text

State and Model the Objective
The children will make a stew and then read and write words that end with -ew, such as new, blew, grew, screw, and strew.
Literacy Activities
Make a stew of screws

  • Explain that -ew makes the long u sound.  
  • Tell the children that they will make a stew with a slew (a lot) of screws.
  • Have the children draw a screw and label it or a screw graphic as screw.
  • Let the children put the screws into the stew and stir the pretend stew.

Make a stew of -ew words

  • Cut out the word cards and let the children put the cards into a pot.
  • Allow the children to pretend to stir the stew.
  • Have the children choose word cards from the stew and read them aloud.

 More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Explain that -ew makes the long u sound.
  • With word-building cards, have the children make new words by changing the beginning consonant(s):
    • blew → grew, drew → stew, new → dew, chew → flew, threw → crew

Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity

  • Read the A Stew with a Slew of Screws target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the target text with you.
  • Read the text with the children again, fading support.
  • Have the children take turns underlining the -ew spelling pattern.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Have the children write words that end with -ew as you say them: dew, drew, new, few, knew, blew, grew, crew, flew, chew, stew, slew, and screw.
  • Post a list of -ew words and have the children write sentences using the words (e.g., "I drew a screw and put it in a stew.").
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SEEL Target Texts

A Stew with a Slew of Screws

We made a stew with a slew of screws.
It was a stew that could feed a crew.
We put screws in our stew.
We put in a slew of screws.
Anything new in the stew?
We threw in a few new screws.
We threw in a few screws that we drew.
It was a stew with a slew of screws.
The stew grew and grew and grew.
It was a stew big enough to feed a crew.
But screws are things you can’t chew.
We can’t chew the things in this stew.
We threw the stew out in the yard and the stew and screws flew all over the place!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.