Mystery Words Decoding Phonics Word Work Game for Kindergarten and First Grade

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Babbling Abby
Grade Levels
PreK - 2nd
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My students loved playing the game together and didn't even notice they were practicing reading skills.
I use this game with my reading intervention small groups. We have been using it to practice decoding CVC words.


Who doesn't love a good MYSTERY?! Well, I can promise that your kindergarten and first grade students will LOVE trying to guess the Mystery Words in this easy-to-prep word work game! They'll enjoy a little friendly competition while practicing CVC, CVCe, and the 5-letter words of your choice!

This is a great way for students to practice decoding, blending, and reading words. It's an easy way to add phonics into your literacy centers or stations, while keeping it low-prep and simple for YOU! Check out the preview for directions how to play.

What's Included:

  • 3 game boards for 3-, 4-, and 5 letter words (2 per page)
  • 1 set of printable, lowercase letter tiles in an easy-to-read font (4 per page)
  • 1 recording sheet (1 per page)
  • 50 CVC word cards (5 pages)
  • 40 CVCe word cards (4 pages)
  • 1 set of editable word cards (type your own words; 1 page)

Skill Focus:

  • Decoding
  • Spelling-sound correspondence
  • Phonics and Word Analysis
  • Reading CVC, CVCe, digraphs, beginning and ending blends, diphthongs, final e, vowel teams

Who Would Benefit from this Game?

  • Kindergarten students
  • First Grade students
  • Homeschool students
  • Teacher who love engaging ways to incorporate word work into their classroom

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.


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