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Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study: Fountas and Pinnell Classroom

Recommended Grade Level: Grades K-6


Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

In an alphabetic language such as English, phonics describes the relationships between the sounds of language and its graphic symbols, i.e., the letters. With knowledge of letter-sound relationships, children add to their ability to derive meaning from print, to accurately turn sounds into their own print (i.e., spelling), and to solve increasingly longer words. Participants in this session will use the lessons to explore the teaching of phonics through both explicit and implicit instruction.

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • Expand their knowledge of the nine areas of learning for phonics, spelling, and word study.
  • Learn how to use lesson structures, routines, and resources to help them plan and implement effective lessons.
  • Explore lessons that systematically move students toward a flexible and powerful range of word solving strategies.
  • Learn how to teach effective phonics within text and out of text.
  • Explore how observation and assessment can inform instruction and monitor student progress.
  • Become familiar with the sequence of lessons for Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System.
  • Become familiar with the lesson format within Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™.

Resources Needed

  • The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum
  • Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide
  • Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Lessons
  • Fountas & Pinnell Sing a Song of Poetry

For pricing information, please call 800.541.2086, ext. 1402.