Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • fall
  • ball
  • call  
  • wall
  • mall
  • crawl


  • Ball
  • Leaves (real or graphics)
  • Tree graphic
  • Picture cards
  • It’s fall target text


The children will play in pretend leaves as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with fall, such as, call, ball, and haul

Literacy Activities

Fall leaves

  • Talk with the children about how in the season of fall, the leaves turn colors and fall to the ground.
  • Place a pile of leaves on the floor and invite the children to do the following activities:
    • Fall in the leaves 
    • Call a friend to play in the leaves
    • Crawl through the leaves
    • Haul the leaves to another part of the classroom
    • Roll a ball through the leaves

Crawl Relay 

  • Split the children into two teams.
  • Have each team form a line at one end of the room.
  • Place piles of leaves on the other side of the room.
  • Explain that you will read a picture card. 
    • If the word rhymes with fall, the first child in line will crawl to the pile of leaves, pick up a leaf, and haul (pull) it back.
    • If the word does not rhyme with fall, have the teams fall on the floor.
  • The first team to have all the members haul a leaf back wins.

It’s Fall

  • Read the It’s Fall target text to the children.
  • Give each child a pile of leaves or a ball.
  • Read the target text again and have the children drop a leaf or ball when they hear a word that rhymes with fall (support as needed).

More Practice 

Identify rhyming target words 

  • Display the tree graphic where the children can see it. 
  • Help the children identify a picture card and ask them if the picture rhymes with fall.
    • If the picture card rhymes with fall, have a child place the picture card on the tree.
    • If the picture card does not rhyme with fall, have the children make a discard pile.  

Produce rhyming words

  • Give each child a leaf graphic, invite them to think of a word that rhymes with fall, (support as needed), and let their leaves fall.
  • Repeat with a bouncy ball, letting the ball fall when the children say a word that rhymes with fall.
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SEEL Target Texts

It’s fall

It’s fall!
Did you see the leaves fall?
A leaf fell on a ball.
More leaves fell on the wall.
Let’s rake and haul all the leaves.
We love fall!
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SEEL At Home



Recognize and produce words that rhyme with fall.


  • Picture cards

Activity: Spring and Fall

  • Go outside with your child to find fallen leaves, or make a pile of paper leaves under it.
  • Have your child cover his or her eyes while you hide picture cards under the pile of leaves.
  • Let your child search for a picture card in the leaf pile, and help him or her identify the picture.
    • If the card rhymes with fall, have your child stand up tall and stick the picture card on the tree.
    • If the card does not rhyme with fall, have your child let the leaf fall into a discard pile.
  • Have your child haul the small discard pile away.
  • Take turns making the rhyming picture cards fall off the tree and identifying the picture on them.

Picture CardsPicture Cards

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