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postheadericon From Trash to Treasure-DIBELS nonsense words

 

We all know the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." A  first grade teacher gave me this bag of foam dice, which was used in a previous math curriculum. Now that we have piloted and implemented our new math program, this bag of dice wasn't needed any longer. So, she gave them to me! 

After looking at them, measuring them, and imagineering them, I decided to use the foam dice to make a nonsense word game. 

 

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I took the dice home and measured them. Each side measured 1.5 inches. 

Now, I had to figure out how to get letters onto the dice. I didn't want the letters to be too big, as I wanted the dice to be able to roll on the foam edges. 

So, I created a document with letters to fit the dice. I inserted "Auto Shapes" in Microsoft Word and created a square to be 1.25 inches. Once I made the square, I copied 18 squares onto the page. Then, I inserted a text box into the squares. I copied that text box into each 1.25 inch square and put a letter in each one. I used letters that were easily recognizable to first graders, even if they were upside down on the die. In ten minutes, I had the document done. No problem!

It looked like this:

 

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I printed the document and laminated it using my home laminator. If you don't have one, you must get one! They are great! 

I cut out all the letters. 

Now, I had to adhere the letters onto the blocks. It was time to get out my trusty hot glue gun. 

I glued the vowels onto one block, and the consonants onto the other two blocks. 

 

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Another center ready to go! 

 

To get more ideas or to read more about nonsense words and DIBELS practice, click on the links below:

DIBELS: Getting Ready for RTI

Nonsense Word Fluency Practice

Menu Board Choices for Word Work

DIBELS Next Intervention Ideas for First Grade

 

 

 

 

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