The children stick words that have the same first and last letters inside a picture of a chain.
Author: Cristina Casado Whittaker and Tracey Chapelton
To revise the alphabet by focusing on initial and final letters in familiar words
Word chain Worksheet, scissors, glue, coloured pencils (optional),
Letters of the alphabet.
The following familiar words: dress, cat, spider, tennis, sausage, egg, giraffe, ear, run, nose, eye, elephant, T-shirt, television, November, radio, open
- Attach blank pieces of paper to the board with Blu-tac ® and copy the words (see Language focus above) clearly onto these pieces of paper, saying the names of the letters as you write them down. For more of a challenge, you can get the children themselves to say the names of the letters of the words out loud as you write each one.
- Read out the whole word once you have finished writing each one down.
- Focus on the initial and final letters of each word you have written, getting the children to say them out loud.
- Explain to the children that they have to place the words next to each other to form a long line in which the last letter of one word is the same as the first letter of the next word (as in dominoes). This way the words will form a long chain linked by their initial and final letters.
- Do an example using two words, then get a child from the class to finish the line of words (with help from the rest of the class).
- REMEMBER! Take the words down from the board before starting the worksheet, or the children will simply be copying the answers from the board.
Completing the Word chain Worksheet
- Hand out the Word chain 1 Worksheet and get the children to look at the words and pictures.
- First they have to cut out the cards with the pictures and corresponding words, focusing on the first and last letters of each word, as in the previous game.
- Next they have to place the words next to each other inside the gaps of the chain as in the previous game. There’s no one correct answer for this worksheet, so the words that are left over can be put inside the picture of the basket on the Word chain 2 Worksheet since each child might have different words left over.
- The children can try different combinations of words and see how many words are left over with each of the combinations before gluing them in place on the chain.
- If you are running short of time you can get the children to glue the words directly onto the chain first time round.
- Children can then say the words in their chains to their partners, emphasizing the initial and final letters, eg ‘Dress – S – Snake – E – Egg’, etc.
- You can set the colouring of the pictures for homework.