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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 (PWS) is a collection of 100 lessons (K-3) and 105 lessons (4-6) 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. Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Lessons, also include features that enable you to plan and teach efficiently and systematically:

    • Explicit lessons with materials appropriate for whole-group instruction (5–10 minutes) and for individual, partners, or small-group application (10–15 minutes)
    • Master Lesson Guide: Suggested Sequence for Phonics Lessons: a convenient chart for planning and extending learning across the year
    • Organization by nine areas of learning in grades K-1, six in grades 2-5, and five in grade 6— Early Literacy Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Letter Knowledge, Letter-Sound Relationships, Spelling Patterns, High-Frequency Words, Word Meaning/Vocabulary, Word Structure, and Word-Solving Actions
    • Inquiry approach that encourages students to construct understandings and notice more about letters, sounds, and words
    • Specific connections to Sing a Song of Poetry (K-2), to Words That Sing: Poetry Charts for Shared Reading (K-3), and to Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Interactive Read-Aloud Collection and Shared Reading Collection titles as mentor texts and examples for generalizing and applying principles
    • Guidance for assessing students’ learning within the lessons and in the online Assessment Guide found in Online Resources
    • Digital classroom and teacher materials in Online Resources, such as Gamemaker, a tool to create and customize games and lesson activities
  • 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
    100 (K-3) and 105 lessons (4-6) driven by the principles from The Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide and The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition.

    The 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 and to see how a reader learns over time.

    Sing a Song of Poetry: A Teaching Resource for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Fluency (K-2)
    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
    Pre-printed and pre-assembled lesson materials that let teachers spend less time prepping and more time teaching.

    Folders
    Pre-printed lesson folders (100 [K-3] and 105 [4-6]) and folders to organize materials by content area, month, or both.

    Access to Fountas & Pinnell Online Resources
    Online Resources for complete and convenient access to teaching materials organized by lesson.

  • 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 optional assessment at the end of the activity.

    Phonics, spelling, and word study are also pervasive throughout various instructional contexts within Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™.

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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 Fountas & Pinnell 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.

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.

Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Ready Resources

Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Ready Resources

Turn time spent prepping into time spent teaching with the Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Ready Resources. This valuable time saver provides teachers with preprinted and preassembled materials to use in minilessons, such as Alphabet Linking Charts, alphabet strips, month word cards, day-of-the-week cards, high-frequency word cards and more!

The Nine Areas of Learning

Nine Areas of Learning

The Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Lessons are organized into Nine Areas of Learning, derived from The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. Each of the nine areas of learning are highly important to reading and writing development in young learners. Within each Area of Learning are numerous principles that readers are expected to learn over time in order to become literate readers and writers. Each Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Lesson teaches one of these principles and the “Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Suggested Sequence” provides a suggested order for the teaching of the lessons. 

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