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Independent Reading Materials
Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Our district has purchased materials for every component of Classroom except for the Phonics. When we opened the IR boxes, we noticed that there were 3 boxes of books, but only two bins per set. How do you recommend that we divide the books between the two bins? Or do we need to order more bins? Additionally, do you have lists for classroom libraries that need supplementation beyond the 3 boxes included in the program?
I suggest watching the Getting Started videos found under the Online Resources tab above. Go to the FPC tab and the Getting Started videos are shown on the right side of the home page. The video explains how to open and organize each component. The bins included with the IR component are not the ones most teachers use for organizing their classroom libraries, as you will see in the video. Many teachers choose smaller baskets for books to be organized in different ways.
Fountas and Pinnell have always provided some suggestions for books in their professional books but none have been published as separate lists because Independent reading depends on the interests of your students. There is no end to what can be included in your classroom library. The video provides suggestions for bins of books organized by genre, topics or themes, and authors. Whatever you know is typically interesting to students in your classroom would be good texts to include.
Best wishes for success with your new Classroom!