Phonics and Word Study
Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons reflect current research on child and language development. Fountas and Pinnell understand that to some extent children follow their own idiosyncratic paths, but they also recognize that developmental patterns provide a foundation upon which to build the smartest instruction possible. Fountas and Pinnell's Word Study Continuum plots a course along the developmental pathway children traverse as they become expert word solvers and effective readers.
What is it?
With 100 minilessons for each of the four grade levels in Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons teachers have month-by-month planning guides, assessment checklists, and lesson-selected maps to choose the lessons that align with students’ needs and the Word Study Continuum.
The Word Study Continuum encompasses nine scientific categories of learning children will master as they become expert world solvers and effective readers:
- Early literacy concepts
- High-frequency words
- Phonological and phonemic awareness
- Spelling patterns
- Letter knowledge
- Word structure
- Letter/Sound relationships
- World-solving actions
- Word meaning
Who is it for?
Phonics Lessons and Word Study Lessons are for teachers looking for a phonics and word study program that:
- Is based on research and a comprehensive continuum
- Develops an understanding
- Connects to your reading and writing curriculum
- Provides built–in assessment
- Fits into your existing schedule
- Promotes active learning
What is inside?
Phonics and Word Study Lessons uses a rich array of grade-specific teaching tools including: a book of 100 minilessons, a Teaching Resources Binder, word and picture cards, and Sing a Song of Poetry, a collection of developmentally appropriate rhymes, songs, and poems. Plus, the Teaching Resources CD-ROM with companion Online Resources lets you collect, review, and print out all of the teaching tools, games, and assessment forms for each minilesson with only a few clicks of a mouse.
How is it implemented?
To address young readers' developmental needs, Phonics Lessons, Kindergarten includes four essential areas of language knowledge: phonemic awareness, letters and sounds, reading words, and early reading concepts. Phonics Lessons, Grade 1 expands into more sophisticated concepts and includes six areas of knowledge: phonemic awareness, letters and sounds, reading words, writing words, processing strategies in reading, and processing strategies in writing. Students in grade 2 will move into more sophisticated reading and writing concepts within these six areas, and students in grade 3 will focus on even more advanced areas of language with the addition of vocabulary, fluency in reading and writing, and word meaning.
The basic framework of Phonics Lessons: Letters, Words, and How They Work is designed to satisfy the five critical elements through the use of the following:
- Direct teaching lessons (10 to 15 minutes), each dedicated to a specific principle
- Principles that are organized along a continuum (sequence) that ranges from easier to harder concepts
- Application activities in each lesson for children to practice using and exploring the principle
- Shared culmination activities in each lesson reinforcing understanding and application of the principle.