Will You Fill and Spill?


Read and write words spelled with the double letter combination -ll at the end.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • spill
  • fill
  • will
  • thrill
  • skill
  • still


  • Small containers to fill (e.g. lids, cups, dishes, bottles)
  • Tray, large bowl or cloth to catch things that spill
  • Scoops, cups, or spoons
  • Water, sand, rice, buttons, or dried beans
  • Funnel (or paper rolled into a cone)
  • Fill and Spill target text 
  • Hold Still and Don’t Spill target text 
  • Word blending cards 

Tell the children that they will fill containers and try not to spill as they read and write words that end in –ll, such as spill, fill, will, thrill, skill, till, and still.

Literacy Activities
Fill containers and spill the contents out

  • Set out various containers with a tray, large bowl or cloth underneath to catch things that spill.
  • Write the words fill and spill on a whiteboard, point out that both words end with -ll, and invite the children to watch and listen for similar words.
  • Let the children each take a turn to fill and spill by asking, “Will you fill and spill?”
  • Have the children fill a bottle with a small opening with dried beans (or rice, buttons, etc.) using a large spoon.
  • Watch together how some of the beans fill the container while some of them spill on the tray.
  • Encourage the children to clean up the spill when beans spill out of the container.

It’s a skill to fill without a spill

  • Add the word skill to the board and point out the -ll ending.
  • Talk about the skill it takes to not spill when you fill a bottle with dried beans using a spoon.
  • Comment on what you intend to do: “I will show skill as I fill and try not to spill.”
  • Show the children how to hold a funnel over a bottle.
  • Carefully pour beans (or rice, water, etc.) into the bottle though the funnel and try not to spill.
  • Ask the children what they intend to do, “Will you fill and not spill?”
  • Let the children show their skill while they fill and try not to spill using the funnel.

Make a hill as you spill

  • Add the word hill to the board, point out the -ll ending, and ask the children if they can make a hill from a spill.
  • Demonstrate trying to make a hill by pouring beans (or rice, buttons, etc.) through a funnel into a container, and watch together to see if it works.
  • If it works, comment on what a thrill it is to fill and make a hill, but if it doesn't work, ask the children to try.
  • Have the children try to make a hill by filling a container with beans using a large scoop then pushing the beans together into a hill.
  • Spill other items and see if what is spilled will make a hill.

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • With matching cards, have the children create new words by switching beginning sounds in front of the various endings (i.e., pill --> pile):
  • Ask the children to write down each word they make, then have them read their wordlist to a partner.

Read target words in texts 

  • Engage the children in reading the Fill and Spill target text together with you.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ll as you read the text together.
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Have the children make a list of the –ll words that they heard.
  • Repeat with the target texts A Thrill to Spill and Fill? and Hold Still and Don’t Spill.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: spill, fill, will, thrill, skill, till, still.
  • Engage the children in interactive writing about their experience by providing sentence frames for them to complete using target words. 
    • It gave us a _____ (thrill) to _____ (fill) and not _____ (spill).
    • We had to have _____ (skill).
    • We had to hold _____ (still) and try not to _____ (spill).
    • We got to _____ (fill) a cup.

SEEL Target Texts

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Fill and Spill

Let’s fill and spill.
Fill a cup with beans.
Fill the cup till it’s full.
Then spill the beans and see if they will make a hill.
Will the spill turn into a hill?
What a thrill to fill, spill, and make a hill!

Hold Still and don’t Spill

Try to fill a cup with beans.
Hold still and try not to spill.
Be still so a friend won’t spill.
It takes skill to fill and not spill!



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.