For this “real and nonsense word” lesson, I created this crocodile from an idea that I found on Pinterest. It is made from a dishwasher soap container and the lid was already green!I love when people think of ways to recycle things that can make a lesson really fun for kids!

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Jungle Safari – Lesson 17

“I can read real and nonsense words.”

Objective: To decode and distinguish between real and nonsense words. (RF.K.2)

Materials: plastic dishwasher soap container, green construction paper, egg carton, green fuzzy balls, big wiggly eyes, real and nonsense word cards.

Procedures: Create a crocodile with the plastic container and art materials. Place the cards in the bin.

Chant: “Crocodile, crocodile, by the lake. Did you eat a real word or was it fake?”

Your child will pull out a word card, read it and tell you if it is a real word or a nonsense word.

Conclusion: When the bin is empty, your child will count the real and nonsense words to see which pile has more/less. It’s always good to integrate math concepts into your reading lessons!