February 10. 2017

What is Fountas & Pinnell Classroom?


There has been a lot of buzz over the last few months about the mysterious Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™. What is it? When will it be out? How can I get my hands on it?! Well it's official. The future of literacy education is finally here!

What is Fountas & Pinnell Classroom?

The short version is that Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is a classroom-based literacy system for grades PreK to 6 designed to change the landscape of reading instruction. But it is so much more. The materials and thoughtfulness that makes up this system, and the energy that has gone into creating it, is anything but short. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is designed to lift students' learning beyond the walls of the classroom with high-quality texts and an instructional blueprint for teaching that will create authentic experiences in reading, thinking, talking, writing, and reflecting. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ will help teachers provide students with the opportunity to see themselves reflected in the books they read and write about; grow as thoughtful users of literacy; and engage in real reading, writing, and thinking. With this system, teachers will work on the cutting edge of students' learning; support independence and students' agency; and understand the critical role of responsive teaching in leading literacy learning forward. This system is meant to help teachers show students the way in which they can live a literate life.

Instructional Contexts and Materials

A student's learning deepens when they think, talk, and write about high-quality, rich, authentic texts across many different instructional contexts. Those instructional contexts are thoroughly represented in Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™. Below is a breakdown of each context, and the materials that come with them:


WHOLE-GROUP TEACHING

 • Interactive Read-Aloud: the very best age-appropriate, grade-appropriate trade books to promote the joy of reading, expand vocabulary, and nurture the ability to think, talk, and write about texts that fully engage students' interest. (120 titles per grade PreK to 6; lesson folder per title.)

 • Reading Minilessons: Using an inquiry approach, the reading minilessons provide explicit teaching of the behaviors presented in the Interactive Read-Aloud lessons. (150 minilessons per grade.)

 • Shared Reading: an exquisite collection of original texts (enlarged and accompanying small versions) that nurture students' ability to construct meaning in a supported context so they can enjoy reading and learn critical concepts of how texts work. (200 titles spanning grades PreK-3; lesson folder per title.)

 • Phonics/Spelling/Word Study Lessons: Minilessons driven by principles from the Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling and Word Study Guide and The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. (100 minilessons per grade.)

SMALL-GROUP TEACHING

 • Guided Reading: the most powerful and engaging authentic texts to build each student's ability to process increasingly challenging books with fluency and comprehension. Build a rich guided reading collection over time with 5 titles per level A-Z on the F&P Text Level Gradient™; lesson folder per title.

 • Book Clubs/Literature Discussion: an authentic opportunity to bring students together for in-depth discussion of a captivating trade book they have read in order to extend thinking and learn about themselves as readers. (32 titles per grade K-3; 48 titles per grade 4-6; facilitator card per title.)

INDEPENDENT LEARNING

 • Independent Reading: A carefully curated collection of authentic children’s literature that provides the opportunity for students to develop tastes as readers and to read a large number of self-selected books independently. With accompanying contexts cards, you can make specific teaching points in brief conferences that lead the individual reader forward. (150 titles per grade K-2; 200 titles per grade 3-6; conferring card per title.)

Pricing and Release Dates

Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ will be released in stages over the next few years with the first wave coming out in the fall of this year! Pricing and what will be out and when is still being ironed out, but you’re sure to be the first to know by doing the following:

·         Contact your local sales representative. Once all the information becomes available they will be able to walk you through your options. If you don’t know who your sales rep is click here to find out.

·         Sign up on the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ landing page here to receive the most recent updates on release dates and pricing info.

·         Become a member of the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Community page at www.fountasandpinnell.com to receive exclusive information as it becomes available, including free, LIVE webinars with Fountas and Pinnell! Sign up now for the next webinar about Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ on 2/15 at 4:00 p.m. here.

·         Follow @FountasPinnell on Twitter and join our monthly LIVE Twitter Chats with Fountas and Pinnell with #FPLiteracy. Our next chat will be on 2/16 at 8:00 p.m.

"Whether you are teaching prekindergarteners to recognize individual letters in their names or you are teaching sixth graders to recognize bias in the language of a persuasive text, your work is transformative. It’s demanding, challenging, and at times altogether frustrating. But your work as a teacher of literacy is also worthwhile and important because it transforms the lives of children," (Fountas and Pinnell 2018).

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team

 

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February 7. 2017

10 Ways to Make Letter Learning Effective for Struggling Readers: A Teacher Tip from Fountas & Pinnell

You need to make your instruction count when you are helping struggling readers learn how to look at letters. Here is a list of some general suggestions you can use during word study, reading, or writing. Use these ideas every time there is an opportunity.

1. Be sure that letters are clearly printed in black or dark print on white or cream paper.

2. Be sure that readers are at all times able to see the print in word study lessons or in shared or interactive writing.

3. For beginning readers and writers (and children who are having difficulty), select texts with a consistent and clear font.

4. Use a verbal description of letter formation (the "verbal path") to help children learn features of text.

5. Use a variety of ways to draw children's attention to the features of letters.

6. Provide kinesthetic experiences that help children learn directionality and the distinctive features of letters. (colored plastic letters, making letters in sand or salt, sandpaper letters)

7. Use magnetic letters to help children feel letter features as they sort them and build words.

8. Vary the ways children view letters as they read or write them.

9. Emphasize looking at the letters in words from left to right.

10. Create strong references that will help children keep the letter and a key word beginning with the letter in mind. (Alphabet Linking Chart)

Excerpted from When Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (c) by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.

February 3. 2017

Ask Meli! February, 2017

Meli received many, many questions from all over the country!! She was so excited and touched to read through all of the wonderfully written letters, and look at the pictures that some of you drew. She was most excited to know that students enjoy reading, and even better that they enjoy reading her books!

Below are questions sent in from Contessa, Amari, Wyatt, and Kendall from Parkside Elementary in Monroe, WI!

Q: I love your books and like your books! How come you are in the books with Sam and Jessie? ~Contessa

: Thank you, Contessa, for loving and liking my books! Sam and Jessie are my friends, but I only visit them a few times a year. They let me in on all of the adventures they have together. We play a lot! Some of their best adventures happen when I'm there, so we make books about them. And I get to be in the books too!

Q: I love your books! What kind of treats do you eat? ~Amari

: Thank you for loving my books, Amari! I love all kinds of treats. Cantaloupe is definite a favorite, but I also like to munch on baby carrots. And, of course, I LOVE doggie cookies!

Q: I love your books! Are you ever going to be in a book with Orson and Taco? ~Wyatt

: I'm so glad you love the Meli books. I love them too! There are no immediate plans to be in a book with Orson and Taco, but you never know! Maybe someday.

Q: I love your books! How many books are you in? ~Kendall

: Including the Sam and Jessie books, I would have to say about a dozen. But keep a lookout for MORE Meli books coming soon in the new system Irene and her friend, Gay, are working on, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom. Tell your teacher to click here to learn more about that.

Meli would love to know what kind of books you like to read! You can let her know in your letters along with anymore questions, so keep them coming! We will have a new post each month. Please be sure to send them to Meli c/o The Fountas & Pinnell Team, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801. And don't forget to Tweet your questions to @FountasPinnell with #FPAskMeli.

See you soon!

~Meli and The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Team

February 2. 2017

Announcing Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

The Future of Literacy Education is HERE!

Heinemann and Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ are pleased to announce the soon-to-be-released Fountas & Pinnell Classroom, a cohesive, multi-text approach to literacy instruction for all students in grades PreK–6. The System is designed to support whole-group, small-group and independent learning opportunities including: interactive read-aloud, reading minilessons, shared reading, phonics/spelling/word study lessons, guided reading, book clubs, and independent reading collections.  Fountas & Pinnell Classroom is rich with authentic texts, lessons or conferring cards, minilessons and professional tools & learning for a systematic, transformative approach to literacy instruction.

Click here to learn how Fountas & Pinnell Classroom  will lift students' learning beyond the walls of the classroom with texts and a blueprint for teaching that create authentic experiences in reading, thinking, talking, writing, and reflecting to realize what it truly means to live a literate life.