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Nonsense words

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Activity Type: Build Accuracy
Activity Form: Game
Grade: 1
Group Size: Small Group, Large Group, Whole Class
Length: 15 minutes
Materials: Index card size letters cards, The activity can be done orally or using letter cards
Goal: To reinforce letter sounds and rhymes by creating nonsense words using a known word family.
Items: This is an oral activity.

What to do

  1. Using a known word family such as the "at" family replace the known initial consonants with consonants that create words that make nonsense words
  2. Using the consonants "d, g, j, l, q, t, & w" add the consonants to the "at" family to make the words dat, gat, jat, lat, qat, tat, and wat.

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About this activity

After DIBELS assessments I discovered that one of my best readers could not pass the nonsense word section.

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