pigs like to root and chew

Pigs Like to Root and Chew

Pigs Like to Root and Chew
Target text


Read and write words that have the long vowel /ū/, spelled ew and oo

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • too
  • new
  • chew
  • root
  • food


  • Pigs Like to Root and Chew text*  
  • Don’t Chew a Screw! text*

*Item included below. 

State and Model the Objective 
Tell the children that they will learn about how pigs root and chew and will learn to read and write words with the long u spelled oo or ew, like root, boo, too, food, or chew, blew, stew, threw, flew.
Literacy Activities
Introduce target words

  • Display words with -oo (food, boo, choo choo, too) and -ew (blew, stew, chew, flew, grew).
  • Help the children read the words. 

Read texts

  • Engage the children in reading the text Pigs Root for Food. Explain that root means that the pig digs with its nose.
  • Let children circle ew and oo words in two different colors. 
  • Read the text together again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the text Don’t Chew a Screw!

Write sentences

  • Let the children fill in and write framing sentences such as “I like to chew _____,” “A pig likes to chew _____,” and “I don’t want to chew _____.” 
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SEEL Target Texts

Pigs Root for Food

Did you know that pigs like to dig?
They just have to dig and root.
They won’t stop digging and rooting.
They root in mud with their nose.
They root to get food to eat.
They dig for roots and shoots to chew.
And they dig for other things to chew too.
A pig likes to find new things to chew.
I do not root for food like a pig.
Would you chew roots too?
I would not chew a dirty root—ew!

Don’t Chew a Screw!

Oops–someone goofed. 
They threw something into the pig’s pen.     
Was it a root? No.
Was it food? No.
Was it something new to chew? 
No. It was too hard to chew.
It was a big, old screw!
A pig can’t chew a screw for food – ew!
The pig needs roots and shoots, or a scoop of pig food.
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