Word Ladders - Great Literacy Game!
I love using games in the classroom and this is one that is easy to prepare, easy to learn and great for making kids think about spelling and letter patterns.
The game is word ladders and all you need to play is a whiteboard or somewhere for children to make a list of words.
Word Ladders can be a game for 2 players or 2 teams or it can be a challenge to give individuals. Start with a simple 3 or 4 letter word and players take turns to change only one letter to make a new word. A word can't be repeated in a game. The game ends when a player can't make another word.
A great challenge for individuals is to give them a start word and ask them to make a word ladder that is as long as possible in a given time. Children can compete to see who can make the longest word ladder.
Here are some words that you might use to start the word ladder. Easy game - cat, pet, pig, hot, bug. Getting harder - time, name, line, rose. More challenging - meet, moon, band.
This game is similar to the Word Change games in 2 of my phonics games collections.
There are also some CVC Word Change games in Short Vowel CVC Board Games.
Hope the kids enjoy playing the Word Ladders Game!