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We have been discussing nonsense words as an intervention in RTI meetings, but I just don't get that. Why not have them practice real words in a list? I have heard that it takes 7 to 21 times to learn something. Don't we want to have kids practice reading real words so that it adds up? The more you see a word, the more chance you have of remembering it right?
So I created real word lists. My word lists are organized by pattern on one side of the page and on the other side are the exact same words, but mixed up. Of course students are very quick to learn how to read the words on the pattern side. But that is exactly what I want them to do! Train their brain to look for the pattern! When a student misses a word on the mixed-up side, I point out to them that they successfully read that same word on the pattern side and we discuss why they could do it on one side but not the other. It makes for interesting conversation and sometimes it sounds like the AT&T commercials (which I love).
Anyway, I am creating the rest of the word lists in which I pair up all of the short vowels. I will add them to the 10 sets of Elkonin Sound Boxes Task Cards which compares all of the short vowels here: