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Schwartzx5
Schwartzx5
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4/27/2018
Schwartzx5
Schwartzx5
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Why are the words different from the 25 HFW list and the 50 HFW list?
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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4/30/2018
Schwartzx5 wrote:
Why are the words different from the 25 HFW list and the 50 HFW list?


High Frequency (HF) words refer to a collection of words that a child can read AND write with automaticity. Fry, Dolch, and Fountas and Pinnell selected words that are used most often in the English language texts.  However, the explanations of HF words found in the Literacy Continuum, Guided Reading, and Phonics Lessons mention the value of these words to readers and writers beyond just reading them with automaticity. They are also high utility words that help in solving other words. 

Fountas and Pinnell suggest that Kinder students have a core of about 25 words "...along with a few specialized words they have encountered.  Many children will know more words; ...the precise collection does not have to be the same for every child..." (Word Matters p. 89)  The focus is on learning "how to learn words" and how to use known letters, words, spelling patterns, word structures, and word meanings to learn and/or solve new words; use them as resources that will help them learn to read and write other words.

The texts that most kinder students are reading independently probably have a limited number of HF words in them.  Sample your Guided Reading Library texts for levels A-D to establish the list.  Once students understand how to attend to the print, how to use known to get to new, and how to use the parts in flexible ways they will be able to "memorize more basic sight words for automaticity," to have a repertoire of 100 words by the end of first grade.  If you teach the children how to use spelling patterns then you do not need to teach every word that uses the pattern.  For example if a child learns can and learns how to change can to make man then the child knows how to make most if not all of the -an words so all of those words are not on the list.  It is more important to teach the Kinder children to become word solvers than to just learn words. 

Word Matters is an excellent resource that explains this in more detail.  The Fountas and Pinnell Phonics Lessons have lessons for teaching HF words each month of the school year, but also provide lessons for the other categories of word solving.

Thank you for your question. We wish you success as you use the Phonics and Word Study Lessons with your students.

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Helenann Steensen, Official Fountas & Pinnell Consultant, Heinemann
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