Nonsense Word Fluency Practice Sheets | Oral Reading Fluency | NWF Activity

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PreK - 2nd, Homeschool
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This is a great resource for students who still need work on automatic decoding. I am using this in a small group with students who are still working on decoding words that fit the CVC pattern.
My students have been really enjoying these and challenging themselves to practice and become quicker. I’ve noticed a difference in their short vowel recognition, engagement, and fluency.


These nonsense word fluency practice pages will help you assess and monitor your students' oral reading fluency with make-believe words- a foundational skill that builds oral reading fluency with real words. This nonsense word activity will save you time and allow you monitor your students growth over the course of the year. Complete with teacher and student copies, as well as recording sheets for teachers, teaching students to read nonsense words has never been easier to manage!

These align perfectly to Aims and Acadience (formerly known as DIBELS) nonsense word fluency progress monitoring with CVC words. This resource has also been updated with an easy to read font for early learners. Check out the preview to see exactly what you'll get!

The practice pages can be used for RTI, progress monitoring, student work samples, homework with parents, or even partner fluency practice. Just add a one-minute timer and go!

Each month (January through December) has a unique set of letter combinations.

You get-

Student Materials (Jan. - Dec.)

Teacher Materials (Jan. - Dec.)

Class Score recording sheets (4 versions)

28 pages in all + a color version

Each page includes the opportunity for your student to read 55 nonsense words and to call 165 correct letter sounds.

*The resource has not yet been updated to align to DIBELS 8.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.


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