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Real or Nonsense Words: Winter Themed Reading Worksheets

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This fun set of real or nonsense words worksheets are based on the CVC word structure (and includes CVC words). They are a great way to practice reading and differentiating between real and nonsense words. Children will get to color their CVC words in one color and the nonsense words in a different color.


Reading Skills include:

  • sounding out letter sounds
  • sounding out words
  • CVC word fluency
  • reading nonsense words

Reading Foundations Common Core Standards


Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)


Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.


Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.


Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.


Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.

Real or Nonsense Words Worksheets


Real or Nonsense Worksheet Pg 1


Real or Nonsense Worksheet Pg 2


Real or Nonsense Worksheet Pg 3


Real or Nonsense Worksheet Pg 4


Real or Nonsense Worksheet Pg 5

Word Sort Lesson with Google Slides

Students will drag and the real words to one snowglobe and the nonsense words to the other snowglobe.

Words are made up nonsense words similar to real CVC words and actual CVC words that they have been practicing and learning to read.

This is great for additional word sorting and reading practice, DIBELS interventions, and homework practice.


While the DIBELS test doesn’t require children to know the difference between real and nonsense words, sorting makes great practice because it ensures that students are actually reading the words in centers, small groups, or individually.

Digital practice with Google Slides can be assigned through Google Classroom, SeeSaw, or other online learning platforms.

If you would like to use this resource as a BOOM Deck, you can get it here.

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