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The Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System

Pique student’s curiosity with systematic instruction in how oral and written language “works.” The Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System contains explicit lessons for whole-group instruction and small-group application that help students attend to, learn about, and efficiently use sounds, letters, and words.

  • What is it?

    The Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System is a collection of one hundred brief lessons designed to expand and refine children’s reading and writing powers, and enable you to help children attend to, learn about, and efficiently use information about sounds, letters, and words. During phonics, spelling, and word study lessons, the teacher presents short, explicit instruction to help children learn about and efficiently use sounds, letters, and words.

    • Whole-group instruction and small-group application
    • 10–15 minutes of teaching the lesson; 10–20 minutes of application
    • Nine areas of learning, ranging from Early Literacy Concepts to Word-Solving Actions
    • Interactive read-aloud and shared reading books serve as mentor texts and as examples for generalizing a concept
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  • Who is it for?
    Who is Phonics for?

    The Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System is for the classroom teacher who wants to expand and refine children’s reading and writing powers. These lessons enable teachers to help children attend to, learn about, and efficiently use information about sounds, letters, and words. Phonics instruction takes about ten or fifteen minutes of explicit teaching each day, with students spending an additional ten to twenty minutes a day applying and sharing what they have learned.

  • What is inside?
    What is inside Phonics?

    Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Lessons (containing 100 lessons) Lessons driven by the principles from the new Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide and the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition.

    Comprehensive, Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide A systematic exploration of letters, sounds, words, and learning how oral and written language “work.” This essential guide, presented in an easy-to-use chart form, is provided as a reference tool for you to see how the principle aligns to other related concepts.

    Sing a Song of Poetry: A Teaching Resource for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Fluency Poems that immerse students in rich, rhythmical language to expand their oral language capabilities, develop phonological awareness, and teach about the intricacies of print.

    Ready Resources Preprinted and preassembled lesson materials let teachers spend less time prepping and more time teaching.

    Folders with labels Organize materials by content area, month, or both.

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  • How is it implemented?
    Teacher and students in classroom

    Each Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study lesson follows a simple structure:

    • TEACH: Provide a concise lesson based on a clear principle.
    • APPLY: Engage students in an active,”hands-on” application activity.
    • SHARE: Meet with students for a reinforcement of the principle and assessment at the end of the activity.

    Phonics, spelling, and word study are also pervasive throughout various instructional contexts within Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™. Here is an illustration of what phonics and word study looks like within a balanced literacy system.

NEW: Sing a Song of Poetry

A Teaching Resource for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics and Fluency
Sing a Song of Poetry

These companions to the Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System series use poetry to its full advantage to expand children’s oral language capabilities, develop phonological awareness, and teach about the intricacies of print. The poems in Sing a Song of Poetry immerse students in rich, rhythmical language, providing age-appropriate opportunities to enjoy language through shared reading, stimulate oral language development, connect words, and much more. Poetry enhances any early childhood curriculum.

  • 225 poems
  • Increased support around poetry and how it works
  • Language and ideas consistent with the language and ideas included in the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum.
  • Specific references to the Sing a Song of Poetry poems in the Phonics, Spelling and Word Study Systems

The Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide

Guide

The Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide provides you with a comprehensive map of the knowledge students develop on their journey to becoming expert word solvers and effective readers and writers.  The literacy behaviors you know and understand as you make minute-by-minute decisions within the act of teaching will make the biggest impact on student learning.

You will find that this essential guide, presented in an easy-to-use chart form, is a critical companion to The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition. You will be able to hone your observations of students’ literacy behaviors with this indispensable tool, which combines the behaviors and understandings from the Phonics continuum with the specific times (early, middle, or late in grades PreK–8) appropriate for each one to be introduced and then to be under students’ control. In addition, instructional language and a multitude of specific examples appear exclusively in this guide. Use this resource to guide your students in an exploration of letter and word learning.

The Nine Categories of Learning

Nine Categories of Learning

The Word Study Continuum comprises that organize principles your students will develop over time. Although there are easier and more complex principles within each category, there is no rigid sequence, only a suggested timeline.