Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weekly Decodable Word Checks

Several years ago we created a set of 30 weekly decodable word lists that we use throughout the school year as quick assessments at the end of each week to document student progress.  They give us a quick snapshot of who needs additional support on specific phonics/decoding skills that we have covered in class.  We recently gave them a little facelift and they have been updated in our TpT store.  If you already purchased them you might want to download the newer version.  We promise they are WAY cuter and there is now a blank form included in the set for you to create your own word list . . . just in case there is a skill that you cover that is not included.

decodable word list

We also have a brand new companion that we just created to use along with our decodable word lists this year that are now available on TpT.  It is a set of 27  nonsense decodable word lists.  Since we began DIBEL’ing {that’s a verb, right???} a few years ago we have spent more time focusing on nonsense word activities.  This seems to be an area that often challenges some of our higher kiddos who have learned to read by sight.  We are hoping that these {new} nonsense word checks will give us a clearer picture of who can really apply the phonics skills and strategies that we spend so much time teaching.

nonsense word list

We would LOVE to give a set of both weekly word checks away to one of our fabulous followers.

Here’s what you need to do . . .

Post a comment telling us how many kids you have in your class this year.

{For the record . . . we both have 22 little darlings!!!}

We will choose one lucky winner tomorrow . . . Good Luck!!!signature

90 comments:

  1. I love both of the lists!!! I have 25 kiddos so far...could always go up...YIKES!!!!

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  2. i could really use these! i'm almost embarrassed to say i have 12 kids---such a blessing to have a small class! :)

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  3. These are great! As of right now I have 21. Three (all boys) have been a no show. Hoping it stays this number. : )

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  4. We haven't started school yet. First day back tomorrow and then I should know for sure. We changed from an Elementary school to a Primary school, so there are 7 first grade teachers. Thinking I should have around 16-18 students =)

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  5. I have 17 little ones on my list so far. We just started "dibeling" in our district last year. The nonsense word list will definitely come in handy!

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  6. These are great, I just found your site and love it! I have 21 precious firsties!

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  7. What a great idea these lists are! I have 21 kiddos this year!

    Amanda

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  8. Awesome Idea! We are also fellow dibelers, and those lists would be a great tool to use in the classroom. I have 18 sweet babies this year so far!

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  9. I have 20 kiddos, 5 of which are special needs...these would come in SO handy!

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  10. I have a wonderful class of 20 kiddos. I have to say they are already great!

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  11. What a great idea. I have 18 on my list and will probably get a couple of new ones tomorrow as they enroll.
    Rene

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  12. I have 19 wonderful kiddos!

    www.mrssherrysclassnews.blogspot.com

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  13. This is me again! I wanted to tell you thanks for all your posts. I love this blogging world! We also dibel and these lists would come in handy!

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  14. I have 23 kiddos in my 1st/2nd class this year... can't wait to meet them! :)

    Christina
    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

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  15. These word lists are awesome! I haven't started school yet either (we can't get in to set up until next week -- kids report on sept. 8) but at last check, i had 20 kiddos!

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  16. These look great! I have 21 little sweeties!

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  17. These are fantastic! I currently have 30 little ones on my roster but only 26 showed up all last week, but I may be switched to a 1/2 combo this week - we'll see what happens! :)

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  18. As of right now..there are 18 firsties on my list, but school starts wednesday, so i am confident that number will rise. To make matters worse I am fighting a fever. Hopefully it will break soon. These lists might help. :-) We always struggle with nonsense words. Repete_21@yahoo.com

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  19. Great lists! I have 24 kiddos on my class list.

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  20. I will be having 24 but more may be added up to 28. School begins after Labor Day and this year there are alot of new families.

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  21. I will have at least 18 when we begin in September.

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  22. I have 21 sweet ones and would LOVE these word lists! They are super cute and useful for DIBELS! :)

    Http://castlesandcrayons.blogspot.com

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  23. I will have 30 first graders. I can't wait to start on Tuesday.

    ccnuckles@msn.com

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  24. Love these lists! I have 24 first graders coming in on Wednesday!

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  25. Love the nonsense word lists! Hard to dibel the kiddos on something we don't spend a lot of time on during our actual phonics time...what a great way to incorporate it! I have 22 kiddos as of right now.

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  26. I have 20 students this year! We have already had our first dibels test, so the nonsense words would be great!

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  27. I have 21 darlings starting on Wednesday.

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  28. I would love to win these!!!!! I am a resource teacher and I typically see around 60 students for both difficulties with learning and academically talented!

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  29. Love both of these! We have 18 students.

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  30. These activities are awesome! Currently my list has 24 firsties on it. We don't start school until Sept. 8th, and the list usually fluctuates a few times before the first day.
    ☺ Tanya
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

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  31. Would love to win these! This year I will have 16 first graders. Have a great year! Liz in South Dakota

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  32. Love these! I have 17 kids in my class this year!

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  33. I have 21 kiddos this year and would love these word lists.

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  34. Hi! I would love to win a set of these beautifully done words. I have a class of 34 5th graders. Yes, 5th graders, but I have a new comer from Mexico, who would totally benefit from these decodables. Thanks for a chance to win ladies.

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  35. Hi Kelly & Diane,
    I would love to win a copy of these. I have 28 students on my roster. We start Thursday and I can't wait!

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  36. I have 20 right now but that will soon change. I'll be at 23 next week.

    Jamie @ Teaching Little Firsties!

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  37. So, far I am blessed with 16 little ones. The first time I've had this few since I started teaching 14 years ago!

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  38. These lil assessment sheets are SuPeR-CuTe! I have 23 adorable firsties this year!
    Christie :)
    First Grade Fever

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  39. These assessment r perfect. Been using DIBELS for years now and I am always looking for handy assessments. I have 33 students!!!

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  40. As of now I have 18 kiddos :-)

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  41. I love this idea! This year I have 27 kids, with the possibility of going to 28+. quiltwoman0@gmail.com
    First Class with Mrs. Mac

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  42. Love these! I have 24 little kiddos!

    Kylie
    Down Under Teacher

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  43. I just found your blog recently and would LOVE to have these! School starts for us tomorrow and I have twenty students in my class.

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  44. We are homeschoolers, but we love this idea... and my boys would happy to win =)

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  45. So far I have 22, 15 boys and 7 girls. It's going to be a very active year!

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  46. I would love both lists. I have 20 kids this year.

    ashley.farless@gmail.com

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  47. I have 16 in my room :) but that could always change during the first week, or two or three or 30 lol


    Jennifer
    kinderpond@yahoo.com

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  48. I have 19 kiddos that looped up with me from kindergarten! Love it!

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  49. 19 today... but 20 starting tomorrow! Love those late arrivals ;o)
    These lists are fabulous and such a time saver thanks for sharing!!!

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  50. These are so cute!

    I currently have 20 kiddos on my list and I'm hoping it doesn't increase.

    Jenna
    fancyinfirst.blogspot.com

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  51. I have 21 little darlings in my first grade class! Love them all!

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  52. Would LOVE to have these! I have 17 students as of now, but I'm next on the list for the new one!

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  53. I have only 14 kiddos this year!

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  54. I have 22 kiddos this year. I would love to win! Great ideas!
    Beth

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  55. Seems like I have the most this year! I have 30

    I would love to win

    Ms. Patterson

    Pocket Full of Kinders

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  56. I have 16 firsties! Fingers crossed xx

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  57. I have 22 first graders this year--would love your fabulous word lists!

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  58. This is fabulous!!! I would love to win this! I have 16 lovely students this year!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  59. These would be fabulous to use with my kiddies! Hope I'm not too late! I have 15 kiddos this year!

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  60. I have 20 kiddos I just met tonight at Preview Night, this is the lowest number of Smarties I've had in over 7 years!
    rachaelrsterling@yahoo.com

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  61. As of right now I have 21 Kindergarteners and First Graders.. I feel quite sure i'll add 2 more tomorrow night during open house :)

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  62. 19 darlings!! :) Mostly boys this year!

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  63. I have 22 on my list for this year - we won't welcome the kids until Aug. 29th. I love the nonsense word list. Thanks for sharing!

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  64. Beth from MichiganAugust 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    I have 28 today but will have 30 tomorrow. 14 of my students are second language learners! Thanks for sharing your work!

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  65. These look great! I have 26 firsties as of the third day back. Sending good vibes to those who are at 30+ (and everyone else)!

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  66. 28 little cherubs who DESPERATELY need the practice with both the sight and nonsense words. Thank you for sharing your hard work with us.

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  67. I have 23 busy little 1st graders. These lists would be great practice for them!
    Sonya

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  68. Love your blog. I have taught 1st Grade for going on 9 years now. I have 19 students in my class and would love to win these :)

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  69. This file has an error on it. On page 16 (-ng, -nd, and -nk) the word "band" appears twice.

    Please let me know how I can get a corrected copy of the file!

    Christina
    christina4062@hotmail.com

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  70. What an awesome resource! :)

    I have 21 precious firsties--and this is my first year teaching first grade!

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  71. What a great resource to use in my intervention room during guided reading:)

    I have 22 students in first grade

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  72. I would love these lists! I have 18 students and teach first grade!

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  73. I have 14 "littles" in my class... 8 girls and 5 boys... we are a pre-K 4's class at a school who is in transition with our literacy curriculum and looking for GREAT ideas like yours!

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  74. I am in my first year teaching, and I am doing it in Puerto Rico! It's been a challenge, but I love all of my 22 students very much. They are ESL learners (first language is Spanish, but it is an English speaking school. These would not only help with their decoding skills, but with their English as well!

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  75. WOW! I'm brand new to your lists but SUPER excited about using them with my Kindergarten class (including ESL students)! I have 16 students and 7 for ESL services. This will be a break-thru for improving blending skills with our new readers and tremendous help bridging the hole between knowing letter sounds and blending sounds into words! I want everything in the pack!
    Lisa

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  76. I love how generous teachers are sharing their favorite ideas-thank you!
    Melinda Cole

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  77. I usually have about 35 kids in a remedial reading class. Vicki

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  78. I would love to use these this year! I have 20 students.

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  79. I will have 30 kiddos in my first grade class this year. Budget issues...large classes and no paras.:( I can't wait to start school so that I can focus on their smiling faces and not how many faces there are.:)

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  80. We have 78 little first graders with 4 teachers now. We started out with 3 but the board decided to add one more!

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  81. Thanks for the AWESOME word lists. I was just trying to find something to use for nonsense words!

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  82. I love this idea. I have 34 students, any additional resources would be great!

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  83. This is a great tool to help with the nonsense words that we have to test and it really helps me know which of my 26 first graders need more help!

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  84. I would love having these lists. Thanks so much!

    krystaline_s@hotmail.com

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  85. I HAVE 30 IN MY CLASS!! My team all have 31 or 32 kiddies.

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