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What is Fountas & Pinnell Classroom?

There has been a lot of buzz over the last few months about the mysterious
Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™. What is it? When will it be out? How can I get
my hands on it?! Well it's official. The future of literacy education is
finally here! [more]

What is Fountas &
Pinnell Classroom
?

The short version is that Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™
is a classroom-based literacy system for grades PreK to 6 designed to change
the landscape of reading instruction. But it is so much more. The materials and
thoughtfulness that makes up this system, and the energy that has gone into
creating it, is anything but short. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is
designed to lift students' learning beyond the walls of the classroom with
high-quality texts and an instructional blueprint for teaching that will create
authentic experiences in reading, thinking, talking, writing, and reflecting. Fountas
& Pinnell Classroom™ will help teachers provide students with the
opportunity to see themselves reflected in the books they read and write about;
grow as thoughtful users of literacy; and engage in real reading, writing, and
thinking. With this system, teachers will work on the cutting edge of students'
learning; support independence and students' agency; and understand the
critical role of responsive teaching in leading literacy learning
forward. This system is meant to help teachers show students the way in
which they can live a literate life.

Instructional
Contexts and Materials

A student's learning deepens when they think, talk, and
write about high-quality, rich, authentic texts across many different
instructional contexts. Those instructional contexts are thoroughly represented
in Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™. Below is a breakdown of each context, and
the materials that come with them:

WHOLE-GROUP TEACHING

 • Interactive Read-Aloud: the very best
age-appropriate, grade-appropriate trade books to promote the joy of reading,
expand vocabulary, and nurture the ability to think, talk, and write about
texts that fully engage students' interest. (120 titles per grade PreK to 6;
lesson folder per title.)

 • Reading Minilessons: Using an inquiry approach, the reading
minilessons provide explicit teaching of the behaviors presented in the
Interactive Read-Aloud lessons. (150 minilessons per grade.)

 • Shared Reading: an exquisite collection of original
texts (enlarged and accompanying small versions) that nurture students' ability
to construct meaning in a supported context so they can enjoy reading and learn
critical concepts of how texts work. (200 titles spanning grades PreK-3; lesson
folder per title.)

 • Phonics/Spelling/Word Study Lessons: Minilessons
driven by principles from the Comprehensive
Phonics, Spelling and Word Study Guide and The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. (100 minilessons per
grade.)

SMALL-GROUP TEACHING

 • Guided Reading: the most powerful and engaging
authentic texts to build each student's ability to process increasingly
challenging books with fluency and comprehension. Build a rich guided reading collection
over time with 5 titles per level A-Z on the F&P Text Level Gradient™;
lesson folder per title.

 • Book Clubs/Literature Discussion: an authentic
opportunity to bring students together for in-depth discussion of a captivating
trade book they have read in order to extend thinking and learn about
themselves as readers. (32 titles per grade K-3; 48 titles per grade 4-6;
facilitator card per title.)

INDEPENDENT LEARNING

 • Independent Reading: A carefully curated
collection of authentic children’s literature that provides the opportunity for
students to develop tastes as readers and to read a large number of self-selected
books independently. With accompanying contexts cards, you can make specific
teaching points in brief conferences that lead the individual reader forward.
(150 titles per grade K-2; 200 titles per grade 3-6; conferring card per title.)

Pricing and Release
Dates

Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ will be released in stages
over the next few years with the first wave coming out in the fall of this
year! Pricing and what will be out and when is still being ironed out, but you’re
sure to be the first to know by doing the following:

·        
Contact your local sales representative. Once
all the information becomes available they will be able to walk you through
your options. If you don’t know who your sales rep is click here
to find out.

·        
Sign up on the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™
landing page here to
receive the most recent updates on release dates and pricing info.

·        
Become a member of the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™
Community page at www.fountasandpinnell.com
to receive exclusive information as it becomes available, including free, LIVE
webinars with Fountas and Pinnell! Sign up now for the next webinar about
Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ on 2/15 at 4:00 p.m. here.

·        
Follow @FountasPinnell on Twitter and join our
monthly LIVE Twitter Chats with Fountas and Pinnell with #FPLiteracy. Our next chat will be on 2/16 at 8:00 p.m.

"Whether you are teaching prekindergarteners to recognize
individual letters in their names or you are teaching sixth graders to
recognize bias in the language of a persuasive text, your work is
transformative. It’s demanding, challenging, and at times altogether
frustrating. But your work as a teacher of literacy is also worthwhile and
important because it transforms the lives of children," (Fountas and
Pinnell 2018).

~The Fountas &
Pinnell Literacy™ Team

 

Join the fastest growing community in the field of
literacy education. Get your free membership and stay up to date on the latest
news and resources from Fountas and Pinnell at www.fountasandpinnell.com 

For a well-organized,
searchable archive of FAQs and discussions that are monitored by Fountas and
Pinnell-trained consultants, go to our Discussion Board at www.fountasandpinnell.com/forum 

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conversation, join the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Facebook Learning Group
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Fri, Feb 10, '17

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