Give students practice creating real and nonsense words in this fun partner or small group game. Students will compose CVC words by spinning beginning, middle and end letters. They will learn what words are real and what words are nonsense through play. Game boards, spinners and printable write & wipe boards (laminating required) are included, as well as assessment/recording sheets. Students will love this CVC Real and Nonsense Word Game!

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Materials for the CVC Word Real and Nonsense Word Game

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Cutter
  • Paper Fastener
  • Paper Clip
  • Dry Erase Marker
CVC word game

Instructions for the Real and Nonsense Word Game:

  • Give each player a write and wipe board.
  • Select the first player. Place a marker on the “Start” space.
  • The first player will spin all the spinners one at a time.
  • Then, he will write the letters that have been spun in the color-matched spaces on the top level of his write and wipe board.
  • Next, he will write the letters in order to create a word on the bottom level of his write and wipe board. -If a real word is created, the player moves forward 2 spaces.
  • If a nonsense word is created, the player moves forward 1 space.
  • The game continues to the next player.
  • The winner is the first to make it onto the “End” space.

Example: Player spins: n, e, and t

This player will move ahead 2 spaces.

Player spins: r, e, and g -This player will move ahead 1 space.

As they play, students will record some of their CVC words on the included assessment sheets. Assessment sheets for 5 words and 10 words are included.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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