We read them with partners… “one person points, the other person reads.”
And we read them with sand timers for speed.
Click the above for the nonsense practice and below for letter naming!
We read the same passage again and again. Here’s my thought… when we ride a bike we don’t learn to ride the bike we own by practicing riding on other peoples bikes. But.. when we are FLUENT in riding our own bike, we are then able to jump on any bike and go! This is why we do it again and again.. so we get the feel of what FLUENT feels like so they can attain on their own with a piece of unseen text.
Now, I always like to give a word of warning when using my DIBELS stuff. Some people feel as if it’s teaching to the test. I personally don’t but there are some who do. This is no different than the lists of real words I give my students each week to practice reading and writing with a sand timer and for fluency. Uhm… some call it word work or spelling! The difference is I am using nonsense words. In my opinion, it is not teaching to the test because reading theory shows that if you want to truly see how a student can decode, you give them a list of nonsense words. This is not a theory that DIBELS invented and therefore reading nonsense words should not done exclusively as an assessment.
As a matter of fact, those of you who follow me on my fan page would know that we are struggling getting my first grader to read. We had him identified as being dyslexic and have him going to an Orton-Gillingham tutor (during school hours off campus and at our cost mind you) and guess what he is doing now… NONSENSE WORDS! Orton-Gillingham reading programs were around MANY more years than DIBELS! Oh.. and guess what… after only 3 session.. HE’S READING! Isn’t that crazy? There is more to come on this, I promise, because it’s good stuff we can all do with our students!
So.. that’s a glimpse at what’s going on now! Lots more to come!
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