This literacy center was inspired by the cutest little purple trash can that I found at the dollar store. This activity includes 20 nonsense words and 20 real words. Ten of these are four-letter words and 30 are three- letter words. There are eight words written for each vowel. I also included several blank cards for you to personalize.
Students will start by reading the word on a card and deciding if it is real or "garbage" (nonsense). If it is real, the student keeps the card, and if not, the student throws the card in the mini trash can. A label is provided for the trash can. If you do not have a trash can for this activity, a sorting mat is also supplied. After students have sorted all of the word cards, they can record 20 of their words on the provided recording sheet.
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