we sell shells and bells


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • shell
  • bell
  • yell
  • fell
  • sell
  • well
  • will


  • Real seashells or seashell graphics 
  • Bells or bell graphics 
  • Bells and shells store signs 
  • “I sell ___” signs
  • Play money (optional)
  • The Bell and Shell Store target text 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will sell shells and bells as they read and write words that are spelled with the double letters -ll, such as shell, bell, well, tell, sell, and smell.

Literacy Activities
Sell shells and bells

  • Set up a store where the children can sell bells and shells.
  • Show the children the Bell and Shell Store sign, and point out the -ll double letter combination in each of the words.
  • Explain that the children will be the buyers and sellers of bells and shells, and divide the children so that some are the buyers and some are the sellers.
  • Let the sellers hold up their signs and yell, “I sell shells. I sell bells” to signal that the store is open.
  • As the buyers shop at the Bells and Shells store, use phrases with many double letter ll words (e.g.; The bell fell! Well, will you buy a bell or a shell?).
  • When the buyers have chosen their bells and shells, instruct them to tell the seller they want to buy shells and bells and pretend to pay.
  • Have the children reverse roles then buy and sell again, if desired.
  • When they are done buying and selling, ask the children what words they saw or heard that had the -ll double letter combination, and write them on the board.
  • Invite the children to take turns underlining the -ll pattern in the words.

More Practice
Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity 

  • Display The Bell and Shell Store target text and read it aloud to the children, pointing out the double letter ll combinations.
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
  • Read the text again fading support. 
  • Have the children take turns underlining the double letter ll combinations.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Invite the children to write 2-3 brief sentences about their experience buying or selling bells and shells using words with the -ll double letter combination (e.g., I sell shells. I buy the best bells.)

SEEL Target Texts

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The Bell and Shell Store

Let’s set up a store.
I'll tell you what to sell.
You can sell shells.
You’ll sell shells and I’ll sell bells.
Let’s tell the people what we sell.
“We sell shells! We sell bells!”
We will yell, “Come get a shell!”
We will yell, “Come get a bell!”
We will sell lots of shells and lots of bells.
We sell the best shells and the best bells!


SEEL At Home

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


  • Play money
  • Small signs with names of objects spelled with -ll (i.e., wall, hall, ball, shell, bell, doll)

Activity: I Can Sell

  • Before the activity, make small signs with the names of objects around your house that are spelled with the double letter combination -ll.
  • Give your child the stack of signs to read and find.
  • When they find an object named on a sign, have your child hold up the sign and say, "I can sell you a ___" 
  • Ask your child to tell you about the object, then pay him or her for the object.
  • When you have paid for the object, you get to keep the sign, and then move on to the next object.
  • After you have bought all the items, have your child copy the words from the signs onto a piece of paper and circle the -ll in the words.
  • Ask your child to read to you the items bought and thank him or her for selling so well.


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