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FPUser159214
FPUser159214
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20 days ago
FPUser159214
FPUser159214
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Good afternoon,
In planning some additional activities for our distance learners, we have decided that mastering HFW's could be a daily activity for our students at home. We are assessing our students using the HFW assessments provided by F&P for reading and writing the words. As we complete the assessments with our students, we are using the data to determine the words that our students will need to continue to practice reading and writing. We plan for the students to use the Make/Say, Check/Mix, Write game template available through your phonics resources.
Do you have a suggestion for the number of words we should expect our students to practice weekly? I know that there is not a specific number or continuum to follow, however we do not want to expect too much or too little from our students. In LLI, if students complete 4-5 lessons per week, they can be introduced to anywhere from 5-10 words depending on the number of words taught in the odd lessons for that week. Would 5 - 10 words be a reasonable expectation for our students to practice and work towards mastering each week?
Thank you for any guidance you might have!
Leanne Carothers
Cane Bay Elementary
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Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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20 days ago
FPUser159214 wrote:
Good afternoon,
In planning some additional activities for our distance learners, we have decided that mastering HFW's could be a daily activity for our students at home. We are assessing our students using the HFW assessments provided by F&P for reading and writing the words. As we complete the assessments with our students, we are using the data to determine the words that our students will need to continue to practice reading and writing. We plan for the students to use the Make/Say, Check/Mix, Write game template available through your phonics resources.
Do you have a suggestion for the number of words we should expect our students to practice weekly? I know that there is not a specific number or continuum to follow, however we do not want to expect too much or too little from our students. In LLI, if students complete 4-5 lessons per week, they can be introduced to anywhere from 5-10 words depending on the number of words taught in the odd lessons for that week. Would 5 - 10 words be a reasonable expectation for our students to practice and work towards mastering each week?
Thank you for any guidance you might have!
Leanne Carothers
Cane Bay Elementary



That sounds reasonable for some children. Some may need fewer if they have memory or attention issues or are still learning the early literacy concepts of letter knowledge, word . It depends on the age, grade, (above, on grade level or below), etc. Since you mention LLI I will assume these are intervention students. When you look at the Literacy Continuum there are no definite numbers of words to be learned at each level but ranges because of the variations in factors. In the early levels the strategic action is to learn enough words to read fluently, use what is known to monitor, search and SC, and use a range of word-solving actions. These actions mean using known words to change beginnings, endings, middles, add to, take away, etc. Level D Solving Words/Reading words says "Recognize more than 25 HFW quickly and easily." Level E "50 or more" Level J says "200+ HFW." So how many per week depends on the learner's pace, the text selection, and writing.

Sorry there are no definite numbers because each child is unique.

Be well!
Debbie
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