We All Play Ball


Recognize (e.g. "Do ball and all rhyme?") and/or produce (e.g. "What rhymes with ball?") rhyme words that end in -all. Point to words in a text to demonstrate print awareness.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • Cotton balls
  • Toy dog or picture of a dog (see graphic below)
  • A toy ball
  • My Dog Comes When I Call text (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will play with cotton balls and say words that rhyme with ball: all, tall, call, small, fall, wall. 

Practice the skill within an activity

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 then 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 comment on the rhyming words (e.g., ball and tall rhyme) and ask the children to recognize rhyming words (e.g., ,Do ball and fall rhyme?).

Let a dog jump to get a ball

  • Read the text My Dog Comes When I Call (see below)
  • 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):
    • Jump high then fall.
    • Bump into the wall.
    • Run to the end of a hall.
    • Catch a ball.
    • Come when a friend calls.
  • Read the text again slowly and have the children show thumbs up when they hear a word that rhymes with ball (i.e., call, tall, fall, all, hall, wall).

Apply the skill

Read a predictive, repetitive text to the children to support print awareness

  • Display the text My Dog Comes when I Call (see below) large enough for children to easily see.
  • Read the text to the children, pointing to each word in left to right sequence.
  • Read the text again and have the children point to each word in left to right sequence. 
  • Allow the children to shadow read by repeating predictable phrases after you read the text to them again.
  • Ask the children which words in the text rhyme with ball.

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. 
  • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
    • "How about hall?  Does ball rhyme with hall?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme). 
    • "Do tall and ball rhyme?" (Nod your head yes).

Recognize words that do and do not rhyme 

  • Have the children repeat sets of 2 words (i.e., all, ball; small, tall; call, dog; ball, hall; fall, tall; tall, call; all, dog; call, wall; fall, small; tall, all; call, kiss) and ask them to show you thumbs up if the words rhyme and thumbs down if the words do not rhyme.
  • If the children give an incorrect response, repeat the set of words again, emphasizing the end of each word.

SEEL Target Texts

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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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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic feature of print.