spill spools

Spill Spools

Spill Spools
Target text


Read, write, and identify words beginning with the /sp/ blend.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • spill
  • spin
  • spool
  • spots
  • space
  • special


  • Spools (empty/old thread spools)
  • Things to decorate the spools (i.e. spots, sparkles, sprinkles)
  • Large container
  • Big dots or spots taped to the floor or table
  • Spill the Spools Target Text 


State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will spill spools while they read and write words that start with /sp/: spool, spill, spot, space, sparkles, sprinkles.

Literacy Activities
Make special spools

  • Give each child a spool.
  • Tell the children that their spool is special, because they get to decorate it and make it spectacular.
  • Have they children decorate their spools with spots, sprinkles, or sparkles (glitter).
  • Have the children write a sentence about what they put on their spool (e.g., I put spots on my spool. I put sprinkles and sparkles on my spool).
  • Throughout the activity make comments such as: “Your spotted spool is splendid!” “What a spectacular spool!” “Look at the sparkles on your special spool!”

Spill the spools

  • Decorate a container beforehand with cut-out spots with space between each spot.
  • Have the children spill spools into the container and have them watch to see if the spools spill on spots or spaces.
  • Have the children write “spot” if their spool landed on a spot or “space” if it landed on a space.
  • Let the child spin the spools on spots and spaces.
  • Repeat the activity, letting the children spill and spin spools on the table or floor area set up with spots.

More Practice
Read target words in texts 

  • Engage the children in reading the text Spill the Spools together as a class/group.
    • Read the text again, fading support.
    • Have the children make a list of the words beginning with the /sp/ blend.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Engage the children in interactive writing about their experience by reviewing target words and phrases from the activities.
  • Present sentence frame, sentence completion, gestural, or question prompts incorporating target words and phrases.
  • Provide verbal or written options if needed.
  • Example of an interactive text:
      • We decorated ________(spools).
      • Our ______ (spools) were ______(special).
      • We put _______(sparkles/spots/sprinkles) on our _______(spools).
      • Some ______(spools) landed on _______(spots) and some______(spools) landed on _______(spaces) .
      • We had fun ______(spilling) lots of _______(spools).
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SEEL Target Texts

Spill the Spools

We decorated spools to make them special.
We put sparkles, spots, and sprinkles on our spools.
Our spools were splendid and spectacular.
We played with our special spools.
We spilled the spools on a table covered in spots.
Our spools landed on spots and spaces.
We had fun spilling sparkly, sprinkled spools on spots and spaces!
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SEEL At Home


Read and write words with the beginning blend /sp/.


  • Spots
  • Spools
  • Large container
  • Other /sp/ word items: spoons, spouts, springs (optional) 

Activity: Spill the Spools

  • Decorate spools with sparkles, spots, or sprinkles.
  • Have your child write a sentence about what he/she put on the spools (e.g., I put sprinkles on the spools. I put spots and sparkles on the spools).
  • Draw spots on a file folder or large piece of paper.
  • Fill a container up with spools then spill the container of spools on the spotted paper.
  • Ask your child if the spools landed on the spots or on the spaces. 
  • Let your child spin the spools on the spots and spaces. 
  • Fill a container with a small amount of water and spill the spools in the water and hear them splash and splatter or spray the spools with water.
  • Spill and spin other items beginning with /sp/ like spouts, springs, or spoons (optional). 
  • The activity can be repeated several times.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.