spin to win

Spin to Win
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

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


  • Small craft brad 
  • Spinner 
  • Game cards 
  • Win game pieces 
  • Whiteboards and markers 
  • Book: Biscuit Wins a Prize by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (optional)

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

Literacy Activities
Spin to Win

  • Read Biscuit Wins a Prize and use the illustrations to introduce target words (optional)
  • Play Spin to Win! 
  • 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!”
  • Have the children say the name of the picture the spinner landed on and cover the picture or word on their game board with a “win” game piece.
  • When a child has covered five squares in a row, have that child shout, “I win!” and read the winning words out loud.

More Practice
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 (three).
  • 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 and ask the children what is the similar 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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SEEL At Home



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


  • Picture cards 

Activity: Find -in and Spin

  • Put the picture cards in various places around the room.
  • When you say, "Find ___in and spin!" have your child find that picture card, then spin around three times.
  • Continue until your child has found all of the picture cards.
  • Collect the picture cards and 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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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.