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According to recent research on the importance of early literacy skills, students not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school, (Hernandez 2011).  By now, you are starting to identify those students in your third-grade classrooms who are struggling. It’s not too late or too soon to help them and here’s...Read more »

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By popular demand, the Study Guide for The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum is now available for download!

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This guide outlines a professional development plan to help you understand and use The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum: A Tool for Assessment, Planning, and Teaching.



You may be sharing guided reading texts with a team of fellow teachers. If so, consider the following tips and ideas for coordinating the use of the texts and accompanying lessons.

  • Meet before the school year begins to create a plan for sharing the books and lessons.
  • Store books in an area that is easily accessible to all teachers who are sharing...Read more »

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