Nonsense Words: K-2nd Grade

In this 5-week, online course students will learn how to recognize and tell the different between nonsense words and real words. They will also practice stretching out nonsense words and work on fluency.
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45 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 5 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will be able to identify nonsense words from real words. 
Students will gain skills necessary to sound out nonsense words. 
Students will improve upon their nonsense word fluency. 
Nonsense words are an important part of a young elementary school student's education. The DIBELS testing is a way to assess student's literacy skills such as phonics and alphabetic awareness, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. It is an important resource in establishing which students need further help in those areas of content. The ability to sound out nonsense words translates to students being able to sound out unfamiliar, real words in a book they are reading or an assignment they are working on without needing assistance. 

I have given DIBELS assessments to Kindergartners and 1st-graders as well as leading test prep. small-groups for the DIBELS. I have worked continuously with K-1st graders on improving upon their nonsense words fluency. I know what information the students are tested on and how they are tested, and I know what students struggle with the most through my professional experience. 
I will attach a list of nonsense words that schools typically use to assess students nonsense skill level. You may consider using these sheets to help your students practice. Interactive google slides. 
 5 files available upon enrollment
Days 2-5 will have corresponding themed sort papers where the students can list the nonsense and real words that we will be sorting in class. These can be supplemented by a plain sheet of paper! Days 3 and 4 will have an activity sheet (Dab it! and Roll it!) that will be helpful for students to have in order to better follow along with the class activity. (Dab it! - BINGO doter, crayon, marker, colored pencil. Roll it! - crayon, marker, colored pencil). These are not necessary, students will be able to see my copy of the activity sheet but, by having the sheet, the students will be more interactive. Day 2 and 5 we will be reviewing the monthly nonsense word list. It would be beneficial for your student to have a copy of this list.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
We will receive the same monthly sheet of nonsense words at the start and end of the class to monitor the student's understanding.  Kahoot!
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
I will share my screen to present a nearpod presentation. Students will not be required to access this source on their own. A google slides presentation and Kahoot! will be posted for students to practice and assess their knowledge. These do not require logins. A "nickname" is required for Kahoot! but this can be a fun name and does not have to be the learners real name. A code will also be required to access Kahoot! and will be given in the classroom forum. The google slides presentation will be a simple link to follow and download. Youtube videos will be used via screen share and do not require a personal account for the student..
kahoot!, interactive google slides, youtube.


Emily Goulden
Lives in the United States
Ms. Emily
39 total reviews
109 completed classes

About Me

Hi all! 

I am a Grand Canyon University graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Educational Studies (with a focus on elementary and special education). During my education, I have completed hours of field experience which included observing and... 
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