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Home » Fountas & Pinnell » LLI Organization and Management

Discussions about any of Fountas & Pinnell's works, including LLI, BAS, the Continuum, When Readers Struggle, Literacy Beginnings, leveled books, training events, professional development for educators, and more
5/15/2010 7:44:33 AM

jatkins
jatkins
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I am using the green kit with 2 groups and the blue kit with 3 groups as a Title 1 Reading Specialist. Two of my groups I walk to, carrying materials. I find it difficult to carry the manuals and to keep switching manuals between groups. To solve that I resorted to copying the manual pages for each group so I just carry the pages needed and each group has the manual pages with their daily materials. Does anyone have a better solution than copying the whole manual? Is there a possibility that the manuals would be on CD so that they could be printed as needed for a group? TIA
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5/17/2010 11:19:07 AM

User 430672
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The teachers in our building who teach multilevel LLI groups pull a cart on wheels, purchased from Staples or some other office store. That way, it is easy for them to also have all of the LLI materials, books, etc that they need right with them. They pack them up at the end of every day so they are ready in the morning.
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8/5/2010 9:29:01 PM

Rachel
Rachel
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I am getting things ready for this school year. Does anyone have a great way to organize all the materials for LLI? I have all three systems and need to keep things organized for multiple people to use. Please let me know how you have organized your materials. Thank you!
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8/9/2010 10:16:32 AM

The Fountas & Pinnell Team
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Dear Rachel,

Until districts have the funds to purchase more systems, they have tried several ways to organize their materials to share with others.

The districts that have a book room designate a section for their LLI books and materials. They keep the books (and they had to purchase extra copies of books because they could not predict when two teachers might have a group on the same lesson) organized by Lesson number on their bookshelves. They have a checkout system for the LLI books similar to the one they use for their Guided Reading books. They have 3 ring binders containing plastic sleeves for each lesson that contain copies of reading records, parent letters, fold sheets, picture cards, word cards. . . whatever is needed for each lesson in a sleeve labeled with the lesson number (some lessons required several plastic sleeves since they have multiple copies of everything needed for the lesson). The binders are kept on the shelves with the books organized by Lesson number. They purchased Lesson Guides for each teacher and keep the Program Guide/DVD’s with the LLI books. They developed a system for replenishing materials needed for the lessons when the supply was down to the last two. The teachers decide whether they checkout materials for the week, a number of days at a time or daily.

Other districts had a similar system with file cabinets because they do not have the luxury of space in the book room. Rather than keep three ring binders of lesson materials in sleeves, the teachers made their own copies of materials for the lessons to keep in files in their rooms. They purchased copies of the Lesson Guides for each teacher.

There is also a video on TeacherTube about organizing a guided reading classroom - you might find some good tips her as well.

We hope this helps, Rachel, and wish you a wonderful start to the new school year!


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8/9/2010 9:27:26 PM

Rachel
Rachel
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Thank you so much for your help! I am looking forward to getting all my materials organzied. I know this will help the implementation much better!
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9/8/2010 10:03:30 AM

The Fountas & Pinnell Team
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Copernicus Educational Products is now offering three smart storage systems designed specifically for use with guided reading programs such as Leveled Literacy Intervention. They are all available on the Copernicus website, here: http://www.copernicused.com/ProductListing.aspx?categoryid=54&searchstring=all


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9/8/2010 12:11:07 PM

cossette
cossette
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I just received my Green and Blue LLI systems and I can't wait to get started! Is there a company that sells all of the manipulatives that are required for these systems? Is it possible to purchase ready-made word cards, picture cards, word bags, sentence strips, etc. that go along with the lessons? I know it will take quite a while to make, locate, order, and prepare these materials and I would prefer to spend my time with students. With little to no planning time, this is a concern. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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9/22/2010 12:38:47 PM

CMead
CMead
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I am having the same problem. The prep time needed to make copies, cut, and organize for 4 different groups at different LLI levels has been quite a challenge. I have the lessons in plastic sleeves in a three ring binder, but find this not as organized as I would like. I would like to have all the copies done and organized in a file for easy access. Also, do the students cut out the picture/word cards themselves?? The process takes a huge chunk of the 30 minute lesson and I have yet to finish all that is needed. I love this program and how rich and "meaty" the content is. Any thoughts on how to "streamline" the prepping process and how to move through lessons a bit quicker would be very helpful!!
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9/30/2010 2:33:36 PM

The Fountas & Pinnell Team
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lli123 wrote:
I just received my Green and Blue LLI systems and I can't wait to get started!...Is it possible to purchase ready-made word cards, picture cards, word bags, sentence strips, etc. that go along with the lessons?


Hello,

Unfortunately, no - not at the current time, but it is being considered for the future. The good news is that once you do this for the lessons and have them organized by lesson, you have them for every lesson thereafter.

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9/30/2010 2:34:54 PM

The Fountas & Pinnell Team
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User 440401 wrote:
I am having the same problem...I have the lessons in plastic sleeves in a three ring binder, but find this not as organized as I would like. I would like to have all the copies done and organized in a file for easy access...Any thoughts on how to "streamline" the prepping process and how to move through lessons a bit quicker would be very helpful!!


Hello,

Many districts ask parent/grandparent volunteers, paraprofessionals, student aides to do this part of the prep. Having a file cabinet organized by lesson is ideal. It is too time consuming for students to cut out picture/word cards themselves during the lesson. Once you have your files organized for each lesson and what is needed, you will find your lessons go quite smoothly. It is a hefty upfront load but well worth the time getting organized to have the lessons run smoothly. In Frequently Asked Questions in the LLI Program Guide there is a section on Lesson Time that would be helpful to reread. We are glad you love LLI and see how well it will serve your students' needs.

We hope this helps!

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