This is a game I made for my 1st grade RTI group, to review our phonics patterns for the year. It includes the following:
short vowels: a, e, i, o, u, mixed
VCe long vowel sounds: a, e, i, o, u, mixed
vowel digraphs: ow/oa, ow/ou, ee/ea, ay/ai
long-e y and long-i y
-ind & -ild
consonant blends: sk, nts, cl, st
consonant digraphs: sh, ch, th, wh, ll
How it works is, a student takes a turn answering a question related to the included word list cards. Each word list is aimed at one of the above categories (or two closely related ones which were grouped together in our lessons). If they answer correctly, they can move their counter into any empty space on the outer row.
In subsequent turns, they can move inward either laterally or diagonally, or they may move laterally within their current row. If a student moves their counter into an occupied space, they take that space, and the previous piece in that space is moved laterally one row outward.
The object of the game is to get to the center/top, and stay there.
I play this game with an actual pyramid of counting blocks, but a game board is included where the goal is merely the center of the flat board, rather than the top/center of the pyramid. Cut-out counters are included, but you may use anything you like. I suggest pennies.
All words in the lists are either words my students know, words that should be decodable for them by the end of the year, or words that look similar to words that they should know, but which are there as red herrings.