Choose a Chain

Choose a Chain
Target text


Recognize and produce the /ch/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /ch/.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • chain
  • children
  • choose
  • chop


  • Chairs
  • Picture strips  
  • Picture cards  

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make a chain of children as they listen for words that begin with the /ch/ sound, such as chase, children, chain, and choose.

Literacy Activities
Make a chain of children

  • Show the children how to make a chain by linking things together (e.g., paper clips, paper loops), pointing out that chain starts with the /ch/ sound, and invite the children to listen for words in the activity that start with /ch/.
  • Have a couple of children model how to make a chain of children by either holding onto the shoulders of the person in front of them or by linking arms.
  • Choose a child and say, “I chose a child to be in a chain of children.”
  • Let that child choose another child to join the chain, and so on, having the children say this phrase each time another child is to be chosen: "Choose a child for our chain of children."
  • When five children have been chosen for the chain, spread the remaining children and a few chairs around the room like an obstacle course for the chain of children.
  • Demonstrate how the head child will lead the chain of children as they wind through the obstacle course saying, "Chugga chugga choo choo through the chairs and children!"
  • Repeat with as many different chains of children as desired.
  • Review with the children all the words you and they can think of from the activity that start with the /ch/ sound, such as chain, children, chugga, and choo.

Make a chain of /ch/ words

  • Show the children the /ch/ picture strips, and help them identify the /ch/ word represented on each strip. 
  • Have each child take 3–4 strips then show them how they can link the /ch/ strips together to form a chain using tape.
  • Do this with as many /ch/ picture strips as time and attention will allow.
  • Have the children stand side by side and drape the chain over their extended arms, identifying pictures and repeating the words with the children, emphasizing the /ch/ sound.

More Practice
Produce words that start with the /ch/ sound

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (e.g., cheese, chip, cherry, chain).
  • Tell them you can think of other words that start with /ch/ (e.g., chat, chair, check).
  • Ask each child to think of a word that starts with /ch/ (support as needed).

Blend and guess the word

  • Show the children the picture cards and have them identify what they are (support as needed).
  • Have the children listen to and try to guess the segmented word you are saying (e.g., ch + ip = chip ), emphasizing each segment separately.
    • ch + eese = cheese
    • ch + ain = chain
    • ch + air = chair
    • ch + in = chin
  • Offer support as you slowly blend the two segments into one word until the children can guess the whole word. 
  • Show the picture card when the children guess the word, and lead the children in a cheer for the /ch/ word (e.g., "Cheer for /ch/ /ch/ /ch/ cheese!"). 
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