Color by Nonsense Word Worksheets For CVC Words, Set 1

Color by Nonsense Word Worksheets
For CVC Words, Set 1
These Color by Nonsense Word Worksheets were created to give children a fun way to practice phonics skills and comprehension when reading those all important three letter words with a CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) spelling pattern. This
packet has 42 worksheets for the 15 word families included in the HeidiSongs CVC Workbook, Volume One, including at, an,
it, ip, in, ig, ot, op, ox, et, en, eg, ug, ut, un. (See the next page for more details.)
When beginning readers learn to read a simple three letter CVC word, such as “cat” or “dog,” they sometimes resort to
“word calling” and forget to pay any attention to the actual word that they just read. Does the word make sense? Does it
mean anything? Other children may try to memorize these words rather than learn to sound them out, and that becomes a
problem when they are suddenly confronted many DOZENS of these tiny words that all start to look alike!
One solution is to give the children some words to read that are “real” and actually make sense, and have them compare
them to “nonsense words.” Nonsense words are really made up words that mean nothing at all, at least in standard English!
So the children are forced to think about the meanings of each word and decide if each one is an actual word that means
something or not. In these worksheets, the children must color the objects or sections in each picture a specific color, depending on whether it is a real word or not.
Reading nonsense words is also good practice for reading long, multisyllabic words such as “encyclopedia,” “condominium,”
“auditorium,” or “hippopotamus.” That’s because each syllable is made up of small nonsense words! Children with solid
phonics skills can be trained to apply those skills to any word, long or short.
They should be able to take a word apart, syllable by syllable, and read it without
guessing.
To get kids started using these worksheets, I recommend that you do these
worksheets TOGETHER as a group. I did it in small groups by first showing the
children the letters on large flash cards and helping them sound out the words.
Together, we decided if the word had any meaning or not. Then we all colored
them together. When almost all of the sections were colored, I released the
group to do the rest of the worksheet on their own. For more information on
this, see Heidi’s blog post titled, “NEW! Color by Nonsense Word Worksheets
for CVC Words, Volume 1!”
CVC Word Family List
© 2014 Heidi Butkus
-at
-an
-it
-ip
-in
-ig
-ot
-op
-ox
Nat
cat
rat
vat
hat
mat
sat
fat
pat
bat
bat
Nan
Jan
fan
van
ran
man
pan
Dan
can
tan
sit
fit
kit
lit
bit
quit
hit
pit
pit
zip
dip
lip
rip
tip
in
pin
fin
win
pig
big
rig
dig
wig
jig
dot
pot
cot
hot
got
hop
top
mop
pop
cop
box
fox
-et
-en
-eg
-ug
-ut
-un
set
pet
net
vet
jet
Ben
ten
hen
pen
men
Meg
beg
leg
egg
Peg
bug
jug
rug
lug
mug
hut
nut
cut
gut
shut
sun
run
fun
bun
Real words: orange
Nonsense words: green
Color words: Read and color!
ye
ll
k
blac
ow
zat
vat
Nat
jat
yat
bat
gat
rat
hat
wat
green
Name:
Name
brown
dat
pat
fat
cat
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Real words: any color Nonsense words: blue
Color words: Read and color!
red
yellow
white
fit
rit
kit
yellow
white
sit
green
quit
dit
it
jit
lit
bit
hit
vit
gray
Name:
Name
green
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Real words: purple
Nonsense words: pink
Read and color!
g
bi
pig
lig
lig
wig
quig
pig
jig
rig
mig
vig
mig
vig
Name:
Name
lig
hig
vig
mig
hig
quig
rig
hig
CVC -ig word family
© 2014 Heidi Butkus www.heidisongs.com
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