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Blending app - Nonsense Word Generator

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This app runs in Google Sheets to provide randomized nonsense words. The purpose is to encourage continuous blending and can be seen in this video:

Continuous blending has been show in research to be a faster method of teaching decoding CVC words and transfers to improved decoding of harder words.

There are many sheets included in this app.

  • The first sheet hides the final consonant until the student blends the initial consonant and medial vowel together. When the student blends through the vowel continuously, and holds that sound, you can open the third column to reveal the final sound. The object here is to prevent the student from guessing the word or segmenting the sounds. The sounds should be held together. So it is not /s/, /a/, /t/, /sat/, but "sssaaaat" and the final consonant can be dropped on the end once the first two sounds are said together and held. This sheet starts with continuant consonants to make it easier to blend the sounds together.
  • The second sheet shows all three positions, still starting with continuant consonants. There is a floating rectangle that can be used to mask the final letter if needed to direct the student's focus. In addition to changing all three positions at the same time, it is also possible to change just one position at a time for give more intense practice or to reduce cognitive load.
  • The third sheet uses all consonants in the initial position, not just the continuants. This can be used once the student easily blends the first two sounds together in a connected or continuous fashion.

The subsequent sheets include:

  • cvcc
  • ccvc
  • b/d/p/q confusing letters in the initial and final position
  • c/g - to practice switching between the hard and soft sounds depending on what follows the c or g
  • ccvcc
  • R controlled vowels
  • Vowel teams
  • Silent E
  • cvc/cvce - to practice switching between the closed and silent e syllables (short and long vowel sounds)
  • Open syllables
  • Open/Closed - to practice switching between the two syllable types
  • All possibilities

That's 15 blending apps in one to offer unlimited possibilities!

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