Spin to Win


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with –in to make words such as bin, win, chin, and spin.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bin
  • fin
  • pin
  • win
  • chin
  • shin


  • Small brad 
  • Spinner (see below)
  • Game Cards (see below)
  • Win Game Pieces (see below)
  • Whiteboards and markers (or paper and pencils)
  • Book: Biscuit Wins a Prize by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (optional)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will play a game called Spin to Win! while they add sounds to the –in ending to make new words such as pin, fin, win, and spin.

Practice the skill within an activity

Spin to Win

  • Read Biscuit Wins a Prize and use the illustrations to introduce target words (optional)
  • Play Spin to Win! (similar to Bingo)
  • Give each child a game board and have them identify the –in pictures on their game boards.
  • Have the children take turns spinning the spinner. Just before a child spins the spinner, everybody chants, “Spin, spin, spin to win!”
  • The children will say the name of the picture the spinner landed on and all children will cover a picture or word on their game board that matches the picture on the spinner with a “win” game piece.
  • Continue until a child has covered five squares in a row. That child will shout, “I win!” and read the winning words out loud.

Apply the skill 

Clap out sounds in words 

  • Have the children take apart the word win and clap once for each sound in the word (/w/ /i/ /n/).
  • Ask the children how many times they clapped for the word bin (3).
  • Clap for each sound in the word bin again to reinforce the model.
  • Repeat with other –in words (e.g., win, pin, bin, fin).

Blend the target words

  • Write the –in words from the game on the whiteboard.
  • Have children take turns drawing a vertical line between the beginning sound and the –in word ending (e.g.; Draw a line between the letter T and the letter I in tin). 
  • Erase all of the beginning sounds so just the –in word ending is left. Ask the children what is the same in all of the words.
  • Have the children write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word: win, pin, fin, fan, van, man, mat, sat.


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Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with –in to make words such as bin, win, chin, and spin.


  • -in picture cards 

Activity: Find -in and Spin

  • Put the -in picture cards in various places around the room.
  • When you say, "Find ___in and spin!" have your child find that -in picture card, then spin around three times.
  • Continue until your child has found all of the -in picture cards.
  • Collect the picture cards. Read the words on the cards together.
  • Have your child put an "X" through the beginning sound on the word on the cards so all that is left is the -in word ending.
  • Ask your child what is the same about all of the words on the cards.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.in-picture-word-cards


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