Please note (I would feel bad if I did not state.) There has been some conversations about how practicing for DIBELS is not appropriate. Here’s my opinion but you are all entitled to your own. DIBELS is checking for fluency. Fluency is the ability to do something without thinking. We fluently read a book or we fluently drive a car. We don’t do this without practice! We were not born knowing how to read a chapter book or ride a bike. Likewise, when it comes to these silly words, we teach kids that we read to hear words and to stop if it does not make sense. So why would we then check them on nonsense words? I have been DIBELS trained by our state and understand that they are silly words because we don’t want the kids filling in the blanks and want to know if they are actually blending. But, how can expect them to go in and read so many in a minute without actually practicing for speed and explaining to them that sometimes they will be silly words on assessments? IDK… I personally feel it’s ok but know that some districts don’t. Not sure what DIBELS stance on it is. Would love to know if anyone knows. =) We teach kids to read for number of words in other grades, so in the lower grades we should be able to teach them to read for speed as well right? Fast means fluent and how can we expect them to be fluent if we don’t practice? They have no problem with us reading letter or real words for speed right? Of course not! I don’t know. Kay that’s all for now! Enjoy if you wish.