shine on the line

Shine on the Line

Shine on the Line
Target text


Read and write words that end with -ine.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • line
  • fine
  • dine
  • vine
  • nine
  • shine


  • Twine or strong string
  • Clothespins or paperclips
  • Flashlight
  • Nine -ine word cards* 
  • Word-building cards*
  • Sign with Wait in line on one side and Time to dine on the other side*
  • Nine in a Line to Dine target text*

    *Items included below.

State and model the objective
The children will shine a light on -ine words on a line and will read and write words, such as line, twine, dine, fine, shine, nine, mine, vine, and pine.
Literacy Activities
Shine a light on a line of -ine words

  • Tie a piece of twine or strong string between two chairs to make a clothesline.
  • Have the children read the nine -ine word cards (see below).
  • Let the children hang nine -ine words on the line of twine using clothespins or paperclips.
  • Have the children read each -ine word out loud.
  • Turn off the lights and let the children shine a flashlight on the -ine words (e.g., Shine the flashlight on the word twine on the clothesline).

Wait in line to dine

  • Place out the Wait in line side of the restaurant sign (see below). 
  • Tell the children that it’s time to go dine in a fine restaurant.
  • Pretend to go to a restaurant to dine, emphasizing the -ine words:
    • “Let’s go out to dine in a restaurant.”
    • “I know a fine place to dine.”
    • “How many are going to dine? Nine of us will dine.”
    • (Count out nine children) “Come on you nine, let’s go dine.”
    • Point out the restaurant sign and have the children read, “Wait in line.”
    • “We will make a line of nine and wait to dine.”
    • “It’s fine to wait in line to dine.”
  • Flip the restaurant sign over so it reads “Time to dine.”
  • Have the children read the sign and comment, “It’s time to dine! Let’s go dine!”

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word-building cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning consonant(s): finemine, twineshine, dinefine
    • Change the vowel: linelone, shineshone, pinepane, minemane
    • Change the ending consonant: finefile, pinepike, linelive, minemile

Read target words in texts 

  • Engage the children in reading the target text Nine in Line to Dine (see below) together as a class or group.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Help the children make a list of the -ine words.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Let the children write words from dictation (e.g., line, shine, nine, fine, dine, pine, twine, mine, vine).
  • Engage the children in interactive writing by suggesting topics or generating sentence frames:
    • “I don’t like to ____ __ ____ (stand in line, wait to dine).”
    • “I can shine a light on the word ____ (vine, mine, nine, twine, etc).”


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SEEL Target Texts

Nine in Line to Dine

We go to a fine restaurant to dine.
We see a sign that says, “Wait in line.”
We make a line of nine and wait to dine.
We see the sign change to “It’s time to dine.”
We go inside the fine restaurant to dine.
We like to dine and have a fine time.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.