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Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the Fountas & Pinnell Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons.
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What is the research base for Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons?

Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons are grounded in a wide base of academic research, including all the areas examined by The National Reading Panel, and reflect its recommendations for phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. A complete research paper, entitled "Phonics Lessons: The Research Base" is available. In addition, the lessons reflect practical, classroom-based research in how children learn, practices that have been reconfirmed by many teachers as they have field-tested Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons.
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How can the Word Study Continuum guide instruction?

The Word Study Continuum is the theoretical foundation for Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons. It provides a comprehensive picture of linguistic knowledge, moving from simple basic concepts about letters and words to more sophisticated understandings. At any time during instruction, children's knowledge of the principles on the Continuum may be observed, informally or formally, and the results used to determine instructional next steps.
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How does the book of minilessons help me get started?

The beginning of each book of minilesssons contains specific suggestions for teaching Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons. From materials and classroom management tips to planning tools and curriculum timelines, this section is invaluable for the teacher who is getting ready to teach the lessons for the first time.
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What makes a good minilesson?
A good minilesson is quick, efficient, and effective, and Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons are designed to be just that. They are short, focused on a single principle, use consistent language and clear examples, engage children in active learning, and follow a regular lesson structure that quickly becomes familiar to children.
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What additional resources do I need to teach Phonics Lessons?

Phonics Lessons utilizes instructional materials that you may already have in the classroom such as magnetic letters, easels, and pocket charts. In addition, Fountas and Pinnell advise demonstrating writing lessons using black or dark markers on a white or cream background to create simple and uncluttered instruction. Other resources you might want to take advantage of are notebooks for poetry, a word wall, and a small white board for demonstrations.
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How does Word Study Lessons (Grade 3) extend the Phonics Lessons (K, 1, and 2) series?

By grade 3, children know the basics of phonics, and in Word Study Lessons they begin to apply them to more complicated words. The focus shifts to more work on the structure of words, more spelling, and more vocabulary. Unique to grade 3 are formal instruction in dictionary skills and keyboarding, both more advanced applications of phonics basics.
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What assessment tools are provided in Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons?

Phonics Lessons provides three different opportunities for assessment. First, every minilesson has an assessment guide built in for on-the-run assessment, whether it's day-to-day or minute-to-minute. Second, the frontmatter includes more systematic assessment in the form of the Month-by-Month Planning Guides in which the "Assessment: Children Can" section addresses where students should be at a given time in The Continuum. Finally, the Teaching Resources Binder includes an entire section on assessment that includes both individual and group exercises, quick observations, and reports.
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How can I use Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons as my spelling program?

A systematic, five-day lesson procedure for learning specific spelling principles is built into grades 1, 2, and 3. The five days include choosing and writing words from a given word list, a "look-say-cover-write-check" technique, a buddy check, making connections with other words, and finally, assessment.
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How can Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons help my ELL students?

Through the lessons, speakers of languages other than English learn the basic building blocks of oral and written English. Two tools in the minilesson books directly support these learners. First, the front matter at the beginning of each book contains general recommendations for working with English language learners. Second, "Working with English Language Learners" at the beginning of every lesson provides specific ways to adjust the lesson for these learners.
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How can Phonics Lessons address the diverse needs of my students?

The lessons are designed to be flexible tools, easily adapted to whole-group or small-group settings, in-class or pull-out programs, so that students requiring more support or those who need to be stretched can benefit. In addition, the lesson design allows for personal discovery, with built-in opportunities to move from known to new.
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How does poetry support language development?

Poetry provides many powerful learning opportunities by surrounding children with the sounds, words, and expressions of poetic language. Classrooms in which enjoying and reciting poetry is part of the culture help children absorb basic knowledge of how sounds and words work.
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Where can I get additional professional development?

Several types of professional development can make utilizing this program seamless and easy. First of all, each lesson provides material for implementation and support.
You can also reach out to our Professional Development Services department. Whether it's long-term training, online courses, or any of Heinemann's services, we can help you pull it all together.
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How about spelling instruction for grades 4 and 5? Would we continue to use the 5-day Buddy Study Spelling procedures? Fountas and Pinnell Team wrote:
How can I use Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons as my spelling program?

A systematic, five-day lesson procedure for learning specific spelling principles is built into grades 1, 2, and 3. The five days include choosing and writing words from a given word list, a "look-say-cover-write-check" technique, a buddy check, making connections with other words, and finally, assessment.
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The First Grade TEKS (Texas) for ELAR require our students to decode words with vowel digraphs and vowel diphthongs. Most of these lessons are included in the second grade Phonics Lessons book, but not the first grade. Are there plans to include those in a new revised edition? First grade readers need those phonics skills in order to read Levels F and higher according to the Continuum of Literacy Learning.
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Moira wrote:
The First Grade TEKS (Texas) for ELAR require our students to decode words with vowel digraphs and vowel diphthongs. Most of these lessons are included in the second grade Phonics Lessons book, but not the first grade. Are there plans to include those in a new revised edition? First grade readers need those phonics skills in order to read Levels F and higher according to the Continuum of Literacy Learning.
Thank you!
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You will find many of these lessons for vowels in the first grade Phonics Lessons under Phonemic Awareness for the sounds and Spelling Patterns for the visual analysis. Students need to learn to recognize the letter combinations of these phonograms by second grade to apply in solving words flexibly at Level K. The new edition of Literacy Continuum makes this more clear by separating the recognition and reading of spelling patterns versus the use of phonograms to solve words. Previous versions of the Continuum have the spelling patterns language in the Planning for Word Work section but not under the Word Solving section which seemed to cause some confusion, thus the clarification in the new edition.

First grade readers do not need to decode at that level yet. They still need to use meaning (context) and structure while dipping to word and letter level using the spelling patterns as listed in the Continuum under the Planning for Word Work section. If the texts have too many unfamiliar words that cannot be solved in this way the text may not be leveled well for your readers (note the Text characteristics of Words at each level).

This question may actually involve more clarification if I have not answered it specifically enough for you. The discrepancy with the TEKS is that they do not separate "decoding" from "taking words apart in reading to solve" as the Continuum does. The Continuum is developmentally appropriate for the brain development of most students at each age/grade level and is more specific than the TEKS. Your students should be able to read words with those vowel patterns using the Meaning and Structure as sources along with the Visual information. They may not be able to decode them in isolation. Research shows it is more important to be able to use the generalizations when engaged in authentic tasks of reading and writing.

Let me know if I can be of further help.
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What is the difference between word work and word study?
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What is the rationale for teaching word work after the guided reading lesson?
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3/21/2017
Stacy F. wrote:
What is the rationale for teaching word work after the guided reading lesson?


When teaching the Phonics/Letter/Word Study minilessons to the whole group we sometimes do not have a chance to closely observe the students' application in reading and writing. This is a time when we engage students in work that helps them apply an understanding of how words work or add words to their reading vocabularies (Guided Reading p. 103). Another reason is to increase student's word analysis skills and develop fluent flexibility in word solving (GR p. 30). This should be a "quick 'hands-on' practice to apply what they know" (GR p. 119). You are providing another opportunity for students to learn to be more efficient in taking multisyllable words apart and to relate the morphemes to meaning (GR p. 149).

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3/21/2017
Stacy F. wrote:
What is the difference between word work and word study?

The terminology is often used interchangeably.
Word Study is the component of the literacy framework that includes working with letters, sounds, words, any of the 9 areas of learning related to the visual information of print in reading and writing. Guided Reading p. 403-405, 586-587
Word Work then could be any kind of work done in Word Study. However we also include 'word work' as any work done to solve words when reading and writing. Searching for an Using information to solve, Taking Words Apart in Reading, Hearing and Recording Sounds in Words are all types of word work done in Word Study that helps readers and writers solve words. We call the 3-5 minutes during a Guided Reading lesson "word work." (GR p. 416)

What are your thoughts?
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