not tall at all
Read and write words with the double letter combination -ll.
- Small ball
- Toy dog or picture of a dog
- Letter cards
- My Best Friend Is Not Tall target text
- My Dog Comes When I Call target text
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they meet a friend who is not tall at all and read and write words that end with the -ll double letter combination, such as tall, ball, fall, stall, small, call, wall, and hall.
Guess who likes to play ball
- Write the word ball on the board and point out that the word ends with the double letters -ll.
- Show the children a small ball and ask the children if they like to play ball.
- Tell the children you will read a story about a best friend who likes to play ball and they need to guess who the story is about.
- Read the My Best Friend Is Not Tall target text to the children and, after each line, allow them to try to guess who the best friend is.
- When the children guess who the best friend is, ask the children to watch for words in the text with the -ll double letter combination as you reread it with them.
Act out a story about a dog playing with a ball
- Read the target text My Dog Comes When I Call to the children, asking them to bark each time they see a word with the -ll double letter combination.
- As you read the story again, allow the children to act out the text using a toy dog (or picture of a dog) or allow the children to pretend to be dogs and do the following:
- Jump high then fall.
- Bump (carefully!) into the wall.
- Run to the end of a hall.
- Catch a ball.
- Come when a friend calls.
- Have the children make a list of the words from the text that end with the -ll double letter combination (i.e., ball, call, tall, fall, all, hall, wall).
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- Let 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
Read target words introduced in the activity
- Read the text My Best Friend Is Not Tall to the children.
- Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
- Read the My Best Friend Is Not Tall text again fading support.
- Repeat the supported reading process with the target text My Dog Comes When I Call.
Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Introduce a word wall displaying words that end with –all (i.e., fall, tall, call, all, ball, hall, wall, stall, small).
- Refer the children to the word wall and have them write a sentence or two expressing ideas from a lesson activity or target text (e.g., The dog likes to play ball. My dog comes when I call.).
SEEL Target Texts
My Best Friend Is Not Tall
My best friend likes to play ball.
My best friend likes to jump high then fall.
My best friend likes to fall and roll over.
My best friend does it all.
My best friend sometimes bumps into
a wall as 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!”
My Dog Comes When I Call
My dog likes to play ball.
My dog jumps up high but doesn’t fall.
“Roll over”, “play dead”, my dog does them all.
And he gets so happy when he bounds down the hall.
He even thumps his tail against wall.
My dog is the best dog of all.
My dog even comes when I call.
“Here Sport! Good dog!”
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Not Tall At All