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December 5. 2017

Teacher Tip: Organizing Your Classroom for Guided Reading

Your guided reading area is best located in an area of the classroom that accommodates a table large enough to seat 4-6 children and yourself. A kidney-shaped table is ideal. Arrange the table so you sit facing the children and classroom, allowing you to monitor the children working in independent work areas. Ideally the lessons and books are arranged by level on shelves behind your small-group table, allowing you to easily retrieve and return instructional materials.

From Fountas & Pinnell Classroom System Guide by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (c) 2018 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.

November 30. 2017

Ask Meli! November, 2017

Meli took some time over the holiday break to catch up on some of her mail! With a belly full of turkey scraps, she settled down to read through your well-written letters. You all are doing so great with your writing and reading! Here are a few examples from her friends in Fonda, NY from Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School. 

Q: My favorite book is Meli at the Pet Shop. Does Meli have a brother or sister? Meli do you behave? ~Anthony

: I loved getting your letter! I do not have a brother or sister. I try to behave as well as I can, but sometimes it's just so hard! When I do behave well, I get peanut butter as a treat. Yum! Woof! ~Meli

Q: My favorite Meli book is Taking Care of Meli. How many tricks can you do? ~Gabby

: Thank you for reading my books. I can do a lot of tricks! I am very good at sitting when told and shaking my paw! Keep reading! Woof! ~Meli

Q: My favorite Meli book is Meli at School. Do you like going for walks? Do you like milkbones? ~Grayson

: Thank you for writing to me! I love going for walks and running around in the yard. Milkbones are yummy, but my favorite treat is peanut butter! Woof! ~Meli

Q: My favorite Meli book is Meli at the Pet Shop. What is Meli's favorite toy? ~Fredrik (Freddie) 

: It was so fun getting a letter from you! My favorite toy is either my red rubber ball or my rubber chicken. I love them both so much! Woof! ~Meli

Meli would love to hear about what books you're going to read over the holidays! You can let her know in your letters along with anymore questions. And don’t miss the NEW Meli books in the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Guided Reading Collection! 

Please be sure to send your letters to Meli c/o The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801. And don't forget to Tweet your questions to @FountasPinnell with #FPAskMeli.

See you soon!

~Meli and The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team
November 28. 2017

Teacher Tip: Organizing Your Classroom for Interactive Read-Aloud

Interactive read-aloud takes place in the whole-class meeting area of your classroom. It is ideal to have a bright rug or natural barriers, such as bookshelves, to mark the area. Children sit on the floor, so arrange your chair and an easel to give all children an unobstructed view. As you finish with a book, you can move it to a bin in the classroom library or display it on the easel or bookshelves, offering children the opportunity to choose to read it independently. Keep interactive read-aloud lessons, books, and supplies in your resource area for easy access.

From Fountas & Pinnell Classroom System Guide by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (c) 2018 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.

November 27. 2017

Daily Li Bit - 11/27/17

Through regular and planned professional development opportunities, you and your fellow teachers can further develop your craft, strengthen your instructional decision-making, and confidently deliver high-impact literacy instruction that enhances the learning experience of each student.