we all play ball

We All Play Ball

We All Play Ball
Target text


Recognize words that rhyme with all (e.g., "Do ball and all rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with ball.").

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • all
  • tall
  • ball
  • call
  • small
  • fall
  • wall


  • Cotton balls
  • Toy dog  or dog graphic*
  • A toy ball
  • My Dog Comes When I Call target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will play with cotton balls and say words that rhyme with ball, such as all, tall, call, small, and wall.

Literacy Activities
Stand tall to get the ball

  • Say, "We can all play ball," and point out that all and ball rhyme.
  • Hold a cotton ball above the children's heads and have the children crouch down to be small and stand up tall to reach for the cotton ball.
  • Give the children a cotton ball to hold up high then let them call, "Fall, ball! Fall!" and let the ball fall.
  • Throughout the activity point out the rhyming words and ask the children to recognize rhyming words (e.g., "Do ball and fall rhyme?").

Let a dog jump to get a ball

  • Read text My Dog Comes When I Call target text (see below) to the children.
  • Allow the children to act out the text using a toy dog or picture of a dog (see below), or allow the children to pretend to be dogs (i.e., jump high, then fall; run to the end of the hall).
  • Read the text again slowly and have the children show thumbs up when they hear a word that rhymes with ball (e.g., call, tall, fall, all, hall, wall).

Produce words that rhyme with ball

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (ball, all, tall, call, wall, fall, hall, small).
  • Ask the children to think of a word that rhymes with ball (support as needed).

Recognize words that do and do not rhyme 

  • Have the children repeat sets of 2 words (e.g., all, ball; small, tall; call, dog; ball, hall).
  • Ask them to show you thumbs up if the words rhyme and thumbs down if the words do not rhyme (support as needed).
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SEEL Target Texts

My Dog Comes When I Call

My dog is not tall.
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!"
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.