Word Chains for Encoding Practice

Rated 4.87 out of 5, based on 500 reviews
500 Ratings
Campbell Creates Readers
Grade Levels
1st - 3rd
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • Zip
59 word chain lists + 4 word chaining templates
List Price:
You Save:
List Price:
You Save:
Share this resource
Report this resource to TPT
Campbell Creates Readers

What educators are saying

The kids anticipated each word in the chain and enjoyed the activity. I saw the value of word chaining and did it in small and whole group. THank you for this resource!
What a time saver! I used these in small groups each week as well as whole group phonics instruction. Amazing resource!


Are you explicitly teaching phonics in the classroom? Need an easy, no-prep activity to practice phonics skills? These 59 word chaining activities are the PERFECT phonics practice for your structured literacy classroom!

What is word chaining?

With a word chain, students start with a word. With each word, they must change a sound to create a new word.

Why word chaining?

Word chaining is a great activity to help promote orthographic mapping. Students must pay attention to every single phoneme (sound), as well as every letter combination (grapheme) that makes that sound. It’s a perfect addition to your classroom for reviewing spelling and practicing new phonics skills!

Included you will find:

•59 word chaining lists. Each list contains 10 words, where each word differs from the previous by 1 sound.

•4 templates to use with word chaining.

Word lists included:

1.Closed syllable a, closed syllable i, closed syllable o, closed syllable e

2.Closed syllable u, Mixed closed syllables 1, mixed closed syllables 2, mixed closed syllables 3

3.k vs. c, floss rule, sh, ch

4.th, wh, Mixed digraphs 1, Mixed digraphs 2

5.s blends 1, s blends 2, l blends 1, l blends 2

6.r blends 1, r blends 2, mixed blends 1, mixed blends 2

7.End blends: -st, -sp, -sk, End blends: -ft, -ct, -nt, Word families: -ang, -ing, -ong Triple blends: scr-, spr-, spl-, str-

8.Word families: ank and ink, Word families: onk and unk, Short to long a: silent e, short to long o: silent e

9.Short to long i: silent e, short to long u: silent e, silent e review 1, silent e review 2

10.k vs. ck, s represents /z/, ch vs. –tch, r-controlled vowels: ar

11.r-controlled vowels: or, r-controlled vowels: or or ore?, r-controlled vowels: er, vowel teams: ai

12.Vowel teams: ay, vowel teams: ee, vowel teams: oa, vowel teams: igh

13.Vowel team: oo, Diphthongs: oi and oy, Final y: y represents /i/, Gentle Cindy: C

14.Gentle Cindy: G, ge vs. –dge, Diphthongs: ou and ow, Vowel team/diphthongs: ow

15.Diphthongs: au and aw, closed syllable exceptions: -ind and –ild, closed syllable exceptions: -old, -ost, -olt

Looking for more phonics activities? Check out my phonics bundle here!

Total Pages
59 word chain lists + 4 word chaining templates
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
Report this resource to TPT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TPT’s content guidelines.


Questions & Answers


TPT empowers educators to teach at their best.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up