June 9. 2017

Teaching Phonics with Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™

This is the last in a series of blogs about Phonics and Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™. 

Learning how words work doesn’t have to be a boring, mundane drill. There are ways to turn your students into enthusiastic explorers of words by getting them engaged in active thinking about language and how it works. Fountas and Pinnell have developed a lesson structure for phonics, spelling, and word study that uses a balance of direct teaching and inquiry, which will encourage students to become active examiners and analyzers of print. More...

June 6. 2017

Help Students Choose Books for Independent Reading: A Teacher Tip from Fountas & Pinnell

The ability to choose books is not something you can expect your students to know. It is something you need to teach. What you are enthusiastic about and recommend is very powerful.

Here are some suggestions for helping students choose their independent reading books:

  • Have the collection well sorted and labeled by topic, genre, theme, author, illustrator.
  • As you observe student interests, create more baskets for particular topics, authors, or types of books.
  • Have a “book recommendations” rack.
  • Have students help set up new-book baskets.
  • Put books you have used in book talks on display so that they are easy to find.
  • Create book baskets that connect books: “If you liked ____, you’ll love ____.”
  • Create “exclusive” baskets of selections for individual students if needed.
  • Give book talks that motivate and legitimize student book choices (e.g., easy books, more difficult).
  • Provide as many minilessons as needed to help students understand how to choose just-right books.
  • Communicate to the entire class that choosing a just-right book, not a difficult book, is the expectation for the reading workshop.
  • Through conferences, help students learn to evaluate their own choices.
  • Share book reviews from journals or websites.

From Teaching for Comprehending & Fluency by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (c) 2006 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.

June 2. 2017

How is Phonics and Word Study Used in Other Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Resources?

This is the second in a series of blogs on teaching phonics with Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™. Last week, we got a first look at the NEW Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System. Check back next week when we take a deeper dive into phonics instruction with Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™.

Some of you may be familiar with Fountas and Pinnell’s 2003 publication, Phonics Lessons. What you may not know is that phonics and word study have been built into many of their other resources as a way to support the idea that phonics instruction is ideally embedded in a rich language and literacy framework. More...