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:

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


  • Small containers to fill (e.g., lids, cups, dishes, bottles)
  • Tray, large bowl, or cloth 
  • Scoops, cups, or spoons
  • Water, sand, rice, buttons, or dried beans
  • Funnel (or paper rolled into a cone)
  • Fill and Spill target text 
  • Word-blending cards 

The children 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, and still.

Literacy Activities
Fill containers and spill the contents out

  • Set out various containers with either a tray, a large bowl, or a cloth underneath the containers to catch what spills.
  • 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 trying to fill a small-mouthed bottle with dried beans (or rice, buttons, etc.) using a large spoon.
  • Before a child tries to fill the bottle, ask if they think the beans will fill or spill.
  • Observe how some of the beans fill the container while some of them spill on the tray.
  • Encourage the children to clean up the spilled beans.

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 (e.g., “I will show skill as I fill and try not to spill.”).
  • Show the children how to hold a funnel in the mouth of a bottle and carefully pour the beans (or rice, water, etc.) into the bottle through the funnel. Try not to 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 and 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.
  • Have the children try to make a hill by filling a container with beans, and then pushing the beans together to form the 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 list of words to a partner.

Read target words in texts 

  • Read the Fill and Spill target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the Fill and Spill target text with you.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in -ll as you read the text together.
  • Read the text with the children again, fading support.
  • Have the children make a list of the -ll words that they heard.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Let the children write words as you say them: 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!



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