Nonsense Word Card Sort and Board Game

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Elementary Matters
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Here's a fun phonics game for practicing nonsense words for building word work strategies! It has whimsical red and white striped hats similar to the style of Dr. Seuss.

Why use Nonsense Word Card Sort and Board Game? The focus of these nonsense word cards is to give the children practice on the skill of sounding out words and practicing their knowledge of phonics and spelling patterns. When reading nonsense words, the children won't be distracted by their visual memory and will be forced to isolate the "sounding out" skill. I tell my students: when they get good at nonsense words, it will help them figure out words like "calligraphy" or "Emancipation Proclamation" or "ambidextrous"!

How it works: This game is perfect for "Read Across America" Day or any day of the year! This resource can be used as a word sort, where students sort the word cards into syllable types such as short vowels, long vowels, vowel teams, and R-controlled vowels. Since the words can’t be identified by sight, it forces the children to use the rules of “sounding out” words phonetically.

The resource can also be used as a board game, where the children read the nonsense word to earn the roll of the die around the enclosed game board.

What’s included: This resource has 66 cards, and practices short vowels, long vowels, vowel teams, and R-controlled vowels.

See This Blog Post for more information about why we practice nonsense words.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.
Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes).
Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.


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