teaching resource

CVC Word Chain Task Cards

  • Updated

    Updated:  26 Oct 2023

Manipulate the individual phonemes in CVC words to create new ones with this set of differentiated task cards.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  F - 1

teaching resource

CVC Word Chain Task Cards

  • Updated

    Updated:  26 Oct 2023

Manipulate the individual phonemes in CVC words to create new ones with this set of differentiated task cards.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  F - 1

Manipulate the individual phonemes in CVC words to create new ones with this set of differentiated task cards.

Develop Phonemic Awareness Through Word Chains

The ability to distinguish and manipulate the distinct sounds in words is a fundamental aspect of phonemic awareness.

This set of differentiated task cards provides students with the opportunity to manipulate the phonemes in CVC words to create a continuous word chain. Students fill in the missing sound/letter each time to generate a new word. This process continues, and a word chain is formed. 

This resource contains two sets of differentiated task cards, with ten cards in each set. An answer key is also included.

  • Version 1: Sound/letter boxes are provided showing all the letters/sounds in the new word (other than the phoneme that is changing).
  • Version 2: No scaffolding is provided. The students simply write the new word created each time on the line provided.

How to Use These Word Chain Task Cards

It is recommended that these task cards be printed, cut and placed inside dry-erase sleeves for optimal, sustainable use. Students may use whiteboard markers to complete the word chains, then wipe clean and reuse. 

Alternatively, project the task cards onto your interactive whiteboard and complete the word chains as a whole-class activity. Students could take turns naming the sound/letter that is missing from the chain each time.

Reading the word chain once completed is encouraged, as this provides an opportunity for students to practise their emerging letter-sound correspondence knowledge.

Easily Download and Print

Use the dropdown menu next to the Download button to select from the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource.

Be sure to keep the task cards together in a large envelope (or similar) for easy access and safekeeping.


This resource was created by Alessandra Pastor, a Teach Starter collaborator.

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