i drew a few screws

I Drew a Few Screws

I Drew a Few Screws
Target text


Read and write words with different long u spellings. 

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • goo
  • few
  • drew
  • blue
  • clue
  • screw
  • doodad


  • Odd items and parts of objects (doodads)
  • Who drew . . . ? signs*
  • We Drew a Few Doodads target text*
  • We Drew a Doodad target text*
  • Letter cards*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will draw screws and goo and will read and write words with the long u spellings -oo, -ew, and -ue, such as goo, moo, screw, drew, blue, and clue.

Literacy Activities
Draw doodads

  • Point out the long u sound in the words screw, blue, and goo.
  • Show the odd items and parts of objects and explain that they are called doodads, and that the word doodad is used when we don’t know the name of an object.
  • Draw some doodads and say, “Look what I drew. I drew a few doodads.”

Draw goo, glue, and screws

  • Draw two screws, some blue goo (a blob), and two doodads.
  • Announce, “Look what I drew! I drew screws. I drew blue goo and two doodads!”
  • Have the children label their drawing doodads, screws, or blue goo
  • Hold up the Who drew . . . ? signs (found below) one at a time and invite the children to say “I drew!” if what they drew matches what the sign says.
  • Let the children write what they drew (e.g., “I drew ____ (doodads, screws, or blue goo).

Guess words that end in -oo, -ew, or -ue from clues

  • Help the children read words that end in -oo, -ew, and -ue (e.g., blue, glue, clue, crew, loop, hoop).
  • Using the list, give clues and have the children write the answer using a word that ends in -ue, -oo, or -ew.
    • What color is the sky? (Blue.)
    • What is the gooey stuff that sticks things together? (Glue.)
    • What is another word for a hint? (Clue.)
    • Who are the people that work on a ship or airplane? (Crew.)
    • What do we do before we swallow food? (Chew.)
    • What is a thick kind of soup? (Stew.)
    • What is a small piece of metal that holds things together? (Screw.)
    • What is the opposite of old? (New.)
    • What is the opposite of many? (Few.)
    • What is the sound a cow makes? (Moo.)
    • What do you eat? (Food.)
    • What do you use to eat ice cream? (Spoon.)
    • What is another word for dog? (Pooch.)
    • What is a word for bending down? (Stoop down.)
    • What can you use to reach high? (Stool.)
    • What sound does a pigeon and a dove make? (Coo.)
    • What does a ghost say? (Boo.)
    • What is another word for goo? (Goop.)
    • What do you say to tell a pest to go away? (Shoo.)
    • What is another word for mistake? (Goof.)
    • What sound does a train make? (Toot.)
    • When something will happen before long? (Soon.)
    • What is the opposite of warm? (Cool.)
    • What does an owl say? (Hoot.)
    • What do we use to sweep? (Broom.)
    • Wear instead of a shoe? (Boot.)
    • Where do chickens stay? (Coop.)
    • Where can we go to view lions? (Zoo.)
    • What could be another word for goop? (Goo.)

More Practice 
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing the beginning consonant(s):
    • tooboo, zoogoo 
    • trueblue, clueglue
    • blewgrew, drewstew
  • Have the children identify the long u spelling in each set of words.

Read target words and patterns introduced in the activity

  • Read the We Drew a Few Doodads target text (found below) with the children.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the We Drew a Doodad target text (found below).

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Make a word wall with long u spellings in different columns: -oo (e.g., goo, moo, doodad), -ew (e.g., screw, drew, chew, slew, new), and -ue (e.g., blue, clue).
  • Have the children write about what they drew using words from the word wall.
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SEEL Target Texts

We Drew a Few Doodads

What is a doodad?
I’ll give a clue.
A doodad is a silly little thing.
A doodad is a thing without a name.
Who knew?
Let’s draw a few doodads.

We Drew a Doodad

A few of us drew a doodad
It was fun, so we drew a few new doodads.
Then we drew a screw too.
We drew screws. 
We drew a few doodads and blue goo.
We drew a few screws.
By the end, we drew a slew of silly things.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.