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December 8. 2017

FAQ Friday: How are phonics and word study integrated into Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™?

A: Phonics, spelling, and word study are woven into the various instructional contexts within Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) including:

Phonics, Spelling and Word Study System: The lessons in this system are systematic, and sequenced with built-in flexibility for teachers to choose which minilessons to use and when, according to the needs of the students. Each “Teach” activity within the minilessons is designed for use with the whole class, and the “Apply” activity could be used with a small group, pair, or an individual student. All of the revised lessons are derived and connected to principles from The Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling and Word Study Guide, which reflects the specific behaviors related to the nine areas of learning for letters, sounds, and words that children develop over time:

  1. Early Literacy Concepts
  2. Phonological Awareness
  3. Letter Knowledge
  4. Letter-Sound Relationships
  5. Spelling Patterns
  6. High-Frequency Words
  7. Word Meaning/Vocabulary
  8. Word Structure
  9. Word-Solving Actions

FPC Shared Reading Collection: The lessons in the FPC Shared Reading Collection include suggested Phonological Awareness/Phonics/Word Study goals taken from The Literacy Continuum that the text used in the lesson will support the teacher in helping students achieve.

FPC Guided Reading Collection: The goals embedded within the FPC Guided Reading Collection lessons apply the principles from The Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling and Word Study Guide. In addition, an important component of each FPC Guided Reading Collection lesson are brief, but focused attention to words and how they work in the form of an embedded phonics activity that is based on the Planning for Letter and Word Work After Guided Reading feature from the Guided Reading continuum in The Literacy Continuum.

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December 7. 2017

Early Intervention Leads to Long-Term Success


Over the past few months you’ve been engaging your kindergarten students in rich literacy opportunities, including interactive read-aloud, shared reading, interactive writing, and writing workshop. You're starting to see how they're progressing so far on their short literacy journey. But you might find that some of your young readers are struggling. Is it too early to start intervention? Definitely not.

According to Fountas and Pinnell, a child’s success in first grade will be a strong predictor of literacy success throughout schooling. Early intervention through successful resources such as the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Orange System for kindergarten will give children the boost they need to begin first grade at the same reading level as their peers.

WWC validates research showing that LLI has "positive effects on general reading achievement and potentially positive effects on reading fluency for students."

LLI is Efficient

LLI is a small-group, supplementary intervention system, which uses high-quality, original leveled texts at its core.  In the LLI Orange System, the leveled books begin at level A on the F&P Text Level Gradient™ and continue through level E, with a total of 110 lessons. Each new level of text makes increasing demands on the reader, but the demands and resulting changes are gradual.  Click HERE to see a sampler that includes sample books and lessons.

LLI is Effective

Recently, What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) validated an independent study conducted by The University of Memphis’s Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) that showed LLI was effective in significantly improving the literacy achievement of struggling readers and writers in grades K–2. Read the full report HERE.

Intervention is particularly important for the lowest-achieving children in kindergarten. Because even with many high-quality literacy opportunities, some children struggle with early literacy learning and need supplementary intervention to get them back on track so they can benefit fully from classroom instruction. They need LLI

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team


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December 5. 2017

Teacher Tip: Organizing Your Classroom for Guided Reading

Your guided reading area is best located in an area of the classroom that accommodates a table large enough to seat 4-6 children and yourself. A kidney-shaped table is ideal. Arrange the table so you sit facing the children and classroom, allowing you to monitor the children working in independent work areas. Ideally the lessons and books are arranged by level on shelves behind your small-group table, allowing you to easily retrieve and return instructional materials.

From Fountas & Pinnell Classroom System Guide by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (c) 2018 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.