Nonsense Word Games for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade {Fall Theme} - learning-at-the-primary-pond
Nonsense Word Games for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade {Fall Theme} - learning-at-the-primary-pond
Nonsense Word Games for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade {Fall Theme} - learning-at-the-primary-pond
Nonsense Word Games for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade {Fall Theme} - learning-at-the-primary-pond

Nonsense Word Games for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade {Fall Theme}


This is a set of 45 nonsense word games for Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students. These activities will help your students soar with their reading fluency! (Plus, if you assess students on reading nonsense words, this is a great way to help increase their scores.)

Nonsense word practice is an essential - but often forgotten! - component of phonics instruction. It’s incredibly valuable because it requires kids to use their phonics knowledge to decode.

Here’s what I mean:

If you have a word like “trap,” some students will say the sounds and blend: /t/ r/ /a/ /p/, trap. But some kids will be able to read the word instantly, because they’ve seen it before.

Instantly recognizing a word isn’t a bad thing - we want our kids to become fluent readers. However, if kids are over-relying on memorization and don’t have strong phonics / decoding skills, what happens when they encounter a new word? Well, they’re probably going to struggle with it!

That’s why our students need opportunities to practice reading nonsense words - they likely won’t have seen these words before, so they’ll be required to apply their phonics and decoding skills!

Not to mention - kids love reading nonsense words and how silly they sound! It’s a win-win for you and your students.

About the Materials:

These fall themed nonsense word games give you lots of options: a mix of no-prep / some prep, as well as a mix of class games / small group games / partner games / solo activities.

The pack includes games for Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade skills:

  • VC words (great for Kinders who are just starting to blend 2 sounds together)
  • CVC words
  • Digraphs with short vowels
  • Consonant blends with short vowels
  • Silent e
  • R-controlled vowels
  • Vowel teams
  • Diphthongs
  • 2-syllable words

Not sure where to start your students? No problem! Use the provided assessment to pinpoint exactly what games your students need. Then, you can easily differentiate instruction and provide your students with targeted practice.

Please download the FREE preview before you purchase these nonsense word games!

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These games are great! I love that there is an assessment with it so I can really see what skills my students need more practice with. Once they learn the games they are able to do them independently as well.

Alecia D.
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I used this resource when a couple of my students picked decoding multisyllabic words as their goal. This really allowed them to work on their goal independently! I loved that they were able to own their learning.

Aubrey S.
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My students love these games for small groups, and once some of them are able to play them independently, they are able to teach others! Great academic skill review that is fun for them!

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