In the Bin


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -in to make words such as bin, win, fin, and tin.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bin
  • tin
  • pin
  • fin
  • spin
  • win


  • Tin can (or similar container) with a lid
  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Clothespins
  • Bin label (see below)
  • Word blending cards (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will play with a tin and a bin while they add sounds to the -in ending to make words, such as bin, win, spin, and pin.

Practice the skill within an activity

Spin, pin, and throw it in the bin

  • Put picture cards in a tin can and put the lid back on.  
  • Let children spin the tin, then open the lid and pick a card from the tin. 
  • Have the children name the picture on the card then decide if the word ends with -in
    • If the word ends with -in, have the children clip it with a pin (clothespin) and throw it in the bin.  
    • If the card does not end with -in, have the children discard the picture and spin the tin again.
  • Repeat as many times as desired.
  • Have the children take turns identifying a picture card and underlining the -in ending with a crayon.

Apply the skill

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Have children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their shoulder (beginning sound), their elbow (middle sound) and fingers (ending sound) then clap to say the whole word (e.g. /f/ tap shoulder, /i/ tap elbow, /n/ tap fingers = fin clap hands).
    • /w/ /i/ /n/ = win
    • /p/ /i/ /n/ = pin
    • /b/ /i/ /n/ = bin
    • /t/ /i/ /n/ = tin
  • Have children identify the beginning, middle and ending sounds of words by tapping their shoulder (beginning), their elbow (middle) and fingers (end) (e.g. fin = /f/ tap shoulder, /i/ tap elbow, /n/ tap fingers). Point out that all of the words have the -in sound at the end of the word. 
    • win = /w/ /i/ /n/
    • pin = /p/ /i/ /n/
    • bin = /b/ /i/ /n/
    • tin = /t/ /i/ /n/
  • With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning sound: win → bin; pin → tin; bin → fin
    • Change the ending sound: bin → bit; pin → pig; tin → tip
    • Change the middle sound: bin → ban; tin → ten; pin → pun

Write about the activity using target words

  • Write the word pin on a whiteboard and read the word together.  
  • Erase the beginning sound, leaving the -in, on the whiteboard.  
  • Have a child write a new beginning letter (i.e., b, d, f, t, w). 
  • Read the new word together, separating the beginning sound and -in word ending before blending them together. 
  • Repeat with the other letters.


SEEL At Home

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Change the initial sound in -in words to make new words (e.g., change the /b/ in bin to a /w/ to make win).


  • Picture cards (see below) cut out, folded, and placed in a tin (e.g., cookie tin) with a lid
  • WIN! Tokens (see below),
  • A bin

Activity: In the Bin

  • With your child, take turns spinning the tin and opening the lid to choose a picture card.
  • Name the picture on the card then decide together if the word ends with -in
    • If the word ends with -in, try to toss it into the bin, and if the word lands in the bin, you win a token.
    • If the word does not end with -in, place the picture in a discard pile and try again.
  • The person with the most tokens at the end wins.
  • Help your child write a list of the things in the bin then ask your child what is the same about each word on the list (e.g.; They all end with -in).
  • Ask your child what is different about each word on the list (e.g., they all start with a different sound).
  • The activity can be repeated several times.picture-cards-and-win-tokens


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