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Thursday, May 28, 2015

10 Ways to Practice Nonsense Words for DIBELS!

Nonsense word fluency is one of the key components of DIBELS.  Here are some ways that you can practice nonsense words to prepare for the DIBELS test!  Check out the link up at the end of the post for NWF activities!

Students sort real and nonsense words onto the correct mats.  When they are done, they can record their answers on recording sheets.

Students can cut and paste real and nonsense words, sort nonsense words from a word bank, or color by code.

Students say the words as they pop up on the screen.  The time between the slides can be decreased as the students gets faster and more fluent with the words.  You can grab up a free slideshow HERE.

Word Rings & Timers-  Students work with a partner timing each other and reading the words.  They record their times on a tracking sheet to see if they are improving each time.

Place flash cards in a bucket.  Students pass the bucket back and forth until the timer (set between 3-5 seconds) goes off.  When the timer goes off the student picks a card and reads the nonsense word.  Another version is that students pass the bucket around and if the child pulls a card and can read it, they get to keep it.  If they pull one of the "Bucket Dump" cards they have to throw all their card back in the bucket.  This is a super fun game to play in small groups... kids love it!  Grab the "Bucket Game" cards for free HERE!

Played like classic board games, students pull a card and read the word to move forward.  Special cards like "Move Forward 2 Spaces" or "Trade Places with Another Player" along with different themes make the games even more fun!

This is traditional bingo played with nonsense words.  Each student gets a card.  The teacher reads a nonsense word and the students must find and cover that word!  This is also a great way to work on listening skills!

Matching Games-  Start with the words turned over.  Students find the NWF matches.

 Working with a partner, students read words and cover them with their color of chip.  Students block each other to prevent them from connecting 4 of their color.

This is the traditional game of Go Fish with a twist!  Students are asking and giving nonsense words!  Do you have "sim".... no... GO FISH!  Download this free game by clicking below (or by clicking HERE)!

Good luck with nonsense words!
Check out the Nonsense Word products below!


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