get a ball over the wall

Get a Ball over the Wall

Get a Ball over the Wall
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • ball
  • wall
  • call
  • tall
  • halt
  • small


  • Small balls
  • Call for a Ball target text*
  • Get a Ball Over the Wall target text*

*Items included below.

State the Objective

Tell the children that they will call for a ball and read and write words that end with -ll such as ball, call, tall, wall, small, and halt.

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

  • Show the children the target words.
  • Read the words with the children.

Call for a ball

  • Read the Call for a Ball target text (see below) with the children.
  • Let the children take turns passing and calling for small balls (e.g., paper balls, cotton balls, toy balls).
  • Have the children make comments such as “I will call for the ball!” or “I caught a small ball.”
  • Tell the children that when you say “halt” they need to let their balls fall to the floor.

Make a wall

  • Read the Get the Ball over the Wall target text (see below) with the children.
  • Have some of the children stand side-by-side to make a wall.
  • Have the other children take turns trying to get a ball (e.g., paper balls, cotton balls, or soft toy balls) over the wall.
  • Place balls on the wall and tell the children making the wall not to let the balls fall.
  • Let the children stand tall to create a tall wall and then get small (e.g., kneeling) to create a small wall.

Write about the activity using target words and phrases

Let the children write short sentences using target words.

  • We can all play ____ (ball).
  • Can you stand ____ (tall)?.
  • My ball is ____ (small).
  • Get a ball over the ____ (wall).
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SEEL Target Texts

Call for a Ball

We can all play ball.
Call for a ball!
Can you stand tall and catch the ball?
Can you be small and catch the ball?
My ball is small.

Do not call for a ball.
Give me all the balls.
I have all the balls.
I have all the small balls.

Get a Ball over the Wall

We can all make a wall.
Let’s get a ball over a wall.
Get a ball over the wall.

Now put a ball on the wall.
Do not let the ball fall.

We can make a tall wall.
We can make the wall small.
Now make the wall fall!

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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.