August 23, 2015
by Molly Stahl

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Nonsense (Words)!

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Students will be able to build and distinguish between real and nonsense CVC words.

(5 minutes)
  • Write ‘tog’ on the board. Ask for a volunteer to read the word.
  • Ask, “Does that sound right? Is ‘tog’ a real word?”
  • Introduce the term ‘nonsense’. Say, “Nonsense words are silly, make-believe words that we sometimes use to practice sounding out. When we know all the sounds that letters make, nonsense words are easier to read.”
(5 minutes)
  • Say, “Today, we are going to make real and nonsense words. First, we need to know: what makes a word?"
  • Refer back to the word ‘tog’ and ask what the letters are in this word are. Write C V C above the word.
  • Say, “Words are made up of letters, and the types of words we are going to make have a special pattern. They have a consonant in the beginning, a vowel in the middle, and a consonant at the end.”
(10 minutes)
  • Distribute alphabet strips to each student.
  • Model identifying each letter as a vowel or consonant.
  • Ask for volunteers to help.
  • Instruct students to put a star above or circle the vowels.
  • Once all vowels are identified, ask for volunteers to come to the board and write a CVC word.
  • After a student writes a word, have them call on another volunteer to read the word and say if it is a real or nonsense word.
  • Repeat this at least three times.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out the word dice and recording sheets.
  • Read the directions and model using dice to build a CVC word.
  • Have students work independently or in pairs to fill their recording sheet with CVC words and identify them as real or nonsense.
  • Enrichment: Have advanced students work independently for the different activities.
  • Support: Have struggling students work in pairs or groups.
(10 minutes)
  • Use students' word lists to assess their understanding of reading and identifying real and nonsense words.
  • Have students read both types of words to a partner and circle the real words.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the Roll-a-Word recording sheet.
  • Have each student share with the class one or two words she created.
  • Invite students to share their feedback about the Roll-a-Word activity.

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