Not Tall At All
- Small ball
- Toy dog or picture of a dog*
- Letter cards*
- My Best Friend of All target text*
- My Dog Comes When I Call target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will meet a friend who is not at all tall and read and write words that end with double -ll, such as tall, ball, tell, small, call, hill, and roll.
Guess who likes to play ball
- Read the text My Best Friend Is Not Tall (see below) to and with the children.
- Ask the children to try to guess who in the story is not tall.
- Point out the words in the text with the double -ll that makes the /l/ sound.
Pretend to play with a dog
- Read the text My Dog Comes When I Call (see below) to and then with the children.
- Allow the children to pretend to be a dog or use a toy dog (or picture of a dog below) to act out the following:
|You Say||They Do|
|Get the ball!||Run after a pretend ball.|
|Roll over!||Roll back and forth.|
|Be still. Play dead.||Lie still. Don't move at all.|
|Sit still!||Sit very still.|
|Stand tall!||Stand up tall on two legs.|
|Come!||Come when I call|
- Have the children write words from dictation that end with the -ll (i.e., ball, call, tall, fall, all, hall, wall, smell, tell, swell, roll, still, spill).
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- Have the children make a target word (e.g. fall) from letter cards and then let them make different words by changing the beginning consonant or the vowel.
- Change the beginning sound: fall→ tall; call→ ball; hall→ wall; stall→ small
- Change the vowel sound: fall→ fell→ fill; ball→ bell→ bill; wall→ well→ will
Write about the activity
- Create a word wall displaying words that end with –ll (e.g., fall, tall, call, all, ball, hall, wall, hill, roll, stroll, tell).
- Refer the children to the word wall and have them express ideas about things a dog likes or does (e.g., "The dog likes to play ball. My dog comes when I call.").
SEEL Target Texts
My Dog Comes When I Call
When I tell him, “Fetch,” he runs after the ball.
When I tell him, “Roll over,” he rolls all around.
When I tell him, “Play dead,” he does not move at all.
When I tell him, “Stay,” he sits very still.
When I tell him, “Up,” he stands up tall.
But best of all, when I call, “Come,” he comes running down the hall.
Then we go out for a stroll.
My Best Friend of All
My best friend is not tall at all. He is very small.
My best friend likes to play ball.
My best friend likes to run up a hill.
My best friend likes to roll over.
My best friend likes to smell things when we go for a stroll.
My best friend bumps into the wall when he bounds down the hall.
My best friend is the best friend of all.
My best friend always comes when I call.
“Here Sport! Good dog!”
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Not Tall At All