a yellow balloon for a dollar

A Yellow Balloon for a Dollar

A Yellow Balloon for a Dollar
Target text


Read and write words spelled with the double-letter combination ll.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • jelly
  • dollar
  • yellow
  • wallet
  • balloon


  • Picture cards* 
  • Dollar Store sign*
  • Pictures of dollar bills*
  • I Found a Dollar target text*
  • Cash register (optional)
  • A cardboard storefront (optional)

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will pretend to buy things with a dollar from a dollar store as they read and write words spelled with -ll, such as yellowwallet, dollarball, and balloon.  

Literacy Activities
Dollar Store

  • Set up a pretend dollar store.
  • Place the picture cards (found below) and Dollar Store sign (found below) in the pretend store.
  • Give the children the pictures of dollar bills (found below).
  • Post a list of the items the store sells and have the children read the items to decide what they will buy.
  • Allow the children to pretend to buy an item (picture card) from the dollar store with their dollar bill. 

Read target words in a text

  • Engage the children in reading the target text I Found a Dollar (found below). 
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children list the words from the text spelled with -ll.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Introduce a word wall displaying target words from the lesson (e.g., yellow, dollar, walletballoonroller skates, doll, ball).
  • Have the children write about buying items at a dollar store with a dollar (e.g., "I can buy a balloon at the dollar store").
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SEEL Target Texts

I Found a Dollar

I found a dollar!
I put the dollar in my wallet.
What can I buy with a dollar?
I can buy a bell or a ball with a dollar.
I can buy ribbon with a dollar. 
I can buy a marshmallow with a dollar.
Maybe I'll buy a balloon with my dollar.
I'll buy a yellow balloon with a dollar!
I need more than a dollar to buy other things.
I need more than a dollar to buy a pillow, roller skates, a doll, or a drill.
I can not get a pillow, roller skates, a doll, or a drill with a dollar. 
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.