shine on the line


Read and write words that end with -ine.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • Twine tied between two chairs to act as a clothesline
  • Clothespins to hang –ine words on the line
  • Nine -ine word cards to hang on clothesline (see graphics below)
  • Flashlights
  • Restaurant sign with “wait in line” on one side and “time to dine” on the other side (see graphics below)
  • Nine in a Line to Dine target text (see below)
  • Word blending cards (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will hang –ine words on a line of twine and shine a light on them. Make a list of –ine words: line, twine, dine, fine, shine, nine, mine, vine, pine, etc. Tell the children they will read and write these words.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Shine a flashlight on a line of –ine words
    • Tie a twine, to represent a clothesline, between two chairs or objects; tell the children that it is a line of twine.
    • Show the children the nine –ine word cards (see below) one at a time, and have the children read them out loud.
    • Explain any unfamiliar words (e.g. twine is a strong string; pine is a kind of tree; vine is a long, winding plant).
    • Let the children hang nine –ine words on the line of twine with clothespins. When all nine –ine words are on the line, have the children read each –ine word out loud, one at a time.
    • Turn off or dim the lights, and let the children shine a flashlight on the –ine words:
      • “Shine the light on the word twine on the line.”
      • “Shine on the word vine on the line.”
      • Continue until all the –ine words have been read.
  • Wait in line to dine
    • Place the restaurant sign (see below) in a visible spot, showing the “wait in line” side.
    • Tell the children that it’s time to go dine in a fine restaurant.
    • Explain that dine means to eat, and fine means nice or fancy .
    • Pretend you are going to a restaurant to dine, emphasizing the –ine words:
      • “Let’s go to a restaurant to dine.”
      • “I know a fine place to dine.”
      • “How many are going to dine? Nine of us to dine.”
      • (Count out nine children) “Come on you nine, let’s go dine.”
      • Point out the restaurant sign (see graphics), 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!”


Apply the skill

  • Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
    • With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
      • fine --> line; nine --> vine; pine --> mine; twine --> shine; dine --> fine
      • fine --> file, pine --> pike, line --> live, mine --> mile
      • line --> lone, shine --> shone, pine --> pane, mine --> mane
  • Read target words in texts (see below)
    • Engage the children in reading the target text Nine in Line to Dine together as a class/group.
    • Read the text again, fading support.
    • Ask the children to listen for –ine words as you read the text together.
    • Have the children make a list of the –ine words that they heard.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: line, shine, nine, fine, dine, pine, twine, mine, vine.
    • Engage the children in interactive writing about their experience by generating sentence frames and letting the children fill in target words and phrases by picking from options presented verbally or in writing:
      • “I like to_____ (hang nine words on a line, go to a fine place to dine).”
      • “I don’t like to _______ (stand in line, wait to dine).”
      • “I can shine a light on the word ______ (vine, mine, nine, twine, etc).”


SEEL Target Texts

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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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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.