spin spools

Target text


Read words with sp blends, such as spin, spout, and spool.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • spin
  • spot
  • spool
  • spout
  • spoon
  • spill
  • space


  • Spools
  • Spoons
  • Spouts (tops cut off water bottles)
  • Spray bottle and a bowl with a small amount of water
  • Spots*
  • Word cards*
  • Spin Spools target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will spin, spill, and spoon spools and spouts, and will read the sp blend in words, such as spool, splash, and spin.
Literacy Activities
Spin spools on spots

  • Spread out the spots (found below).
  • Have the children spin the spools and spouts to see if they land on a spot or in a space between the spots. 

Spoon and spill spouts and spools

  • Let the children spoon up spools or spouts.
  • Have the children spill the spouts from the spoon.
  • Have the children spoon spouts or spools on spots. 
  • Let the children spoon up and spoon out spots from a spoon.
  • Let the children spill the spots. 

Read target words in a text

  • Read the Spin Spools target text (found below) to and with the children.
  • Have the children find and circle the letters "sp" in the text.
  • Let the children read the text again.

Write words with sp

  • Give the children a marker and have them write sp words (e.g., spool, spout, spoon, spill, spot, spin) on spots.

SEEL Target Texts

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Spin Spools

Spin a spool.
Did the spool stop on a spot?
Did the spool stop in a space?
Spill spools.
Did the spools spill in a space?
Did the spools spill on a spot?
Spoon spools.
Did you spoon spools on a spot?
Did you spoon spools in a space?
Spin a spout.
Did the spout stop on a spot?
Did the spout stop in a space?
Spill spouts.
Did the spouts stop on a spot?
Did a spout stop in a space?
Spill, spoon, and spin spools.
And spill, spoon, and spin spouts. 



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.