Chain Game Hands-On Learning Strategies

Chain Game teaches users how to replace a sound in one word to make another word, and continue to do this until they have a sequence or chain of five words. For example, a user must change one letter or letter combination at a time to create the following chain of words: fast > mast > map > mop > stop > step. (Source)

This format can easily be replicated offline using hands-on materials. During whole class or small group game play, a student volunteer can play the game on your interactive whiteboard while the rest of the class follows along using their own magnetic letters or other alphabet manipulatives. Students should check their letters to make sure they match the letters in the game. You may want to have students point to each letter and read its sound before blending the sounds to read the entire word.