Call for the Ball
Read and write words with the double letter combination –ll.
- Several large balls and one small ball (soft, for catching)
- Several types of balls (e.g., cotton balls, paper balls, bouncing balls)
- Sticky notes or small pieces of paper
- Call for the Ball target text (see below)
- Best Ball of All? target text (see below)
- Which is the Best Ball of All? target text (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will call for a ball and read and write words that end with the double letter combination -ll, such as all, tall, ball, call, small, fall, and wall.
Practice the skill within an activity
- Call for the Ball
- Read the Call for the Ball target text (see below) to the children, pointing out the -ll double letter combination in words like ball, call, wall, and hall.
- Have the children follow the instructions in the text to play a game using several large balls and one small ball:
- Give all the balls to one child (the thrower).
- Have the other children (the catchers) stand in a line about 10 feet away from and facing the thrower.
- Tell the catchers to call, “Ball!” all together.
- Let the thrower toss or bounce all the balls to the catchers.
- Look to see who caught the small ball.
- Invite the child who caught the small ball to be the new thrower.
- Have the children list the words from the activity and text that end with the -ll double letter combination (i.e., all, ball, small, call).
- Choose the best ball of all
- Show the children several types of balls (e.g., cotton balls, paper balls, bouncing balls) and allow them to choose a ball.
- Comment on which balls are small and which are not small.
- Tell the children to stand tall against a wall then let them hold their ball high above their head and let it fall.
- Have the children decide if the ball bounced as high as they are tall.
- Allow the children to try several balls and decide which ball is the best of all.
- Tell the children to stand far away from a wall then let them try to bounce different balls to the wall.
- Have the children decide again which ball is the best of all.
- Let the children label the best ball by writing best ball of all on a sticky note or small piece of paper to attach to the ball.
- Allow the children to label other balls (e.g., small ball, not a small ball, not the best ball).
Apply the skill
- Read target words in texts
- Read the target text Best Ball of All to the children, pointing out the words with the -ll double letter combination.
- Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
- Read the Best Ball of All text again fading support.
- Repeat the supported reading process with the target text Which is the Best Ball of All? (see below).
- Write about the activity using target words
- Introduce a word wall displaying words that end with –all (i.e., fall, tall, call, all, ball, hall, wall, stall, small) then have the children write a sentence or two expressing ideas from a lesson activity or target text (e.g., The small ball is the best ball of all. I call for the small ball).
SEEL Target Texts
Call for the Ball
A player called the thrower gets all the balls.
But only one ball is small.
The other players call for the thrower to throw the balls.
All together they call, “ball!”
The catchers all try to catch a ball.
Then they look to see who caught the small ball.
The player with the small ball then becomes the person who will throw the balls.
Best Ball of All?
We can all play ball.
Come, play ball!
Pick a ball.
Try to pick the best ball of all.
Bounce your ball.
See if your ball bounces as high as you are tall.
Did you pick the best ball?
Did your ball bounce as high as you are tall?
Which is the Best Ball of All?
Some balls are small.
Some balls are not small.
See if the small balls will bounce all the way to the wall.
See if the balls that are not small will bounce all the way to the wall.
Bounce the balls, but don’t let the balls bounce down the hall.
Which of the balls bounced all the way to the wall?
Is it a small ball or a ball that is not small?
Which is the best ball of all?
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Call for the Ball