fountas and pinnell-activities to help increase level?

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  1. lovetoteach08

    lovetoteach08 Rookie

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    I am working with a girl who is repeating first grade, unless they retest her in 9 weeks and find that her reading level has improved :)mellow:). Sounds to me like that would be a crazy situation, but none the less....

    If anyone gives a Fountas and Pinnell test, do you have any suggestions for the types of activities we can do or leveled reader book series that may help? thanks!
     
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    mopar Multitudinous

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    Lots of repeated reading focusing on fluency and accuracy of words. Have the student read a page or listen to you read a page and then read the page again focusing on fluency.

    What guided reading level is she working on?
     
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    The reading specialist gave me mixed info...first saying pre-primer and then that she read on a Level C, which indicated mid-first grade? I guess she was probably referring to different parts of the test.
     
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    Do you use the fountas and pinnell Phonics Lessons? If so I have this AWESOME excel file that creates go-fish, crazy 8, checkers, lotto, memory, etc. (the activities from that curriculum). I can email it to you. You just enter a word list and BOOM! it creates the game for you to print!
    My advice is to also start with some phonemic awareness lessons. fcrr.org has some great ones on phoneme segmentation and manipulation. These skills are a MUST for little ones who don't "get it" naturally. Syllabication is also very important and often over looked.
     
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    We use Fountas and Pinnell- level C is not mid first grade it is end of k.
    With the early levels you need to assess-does she have one-to-one? How many letters does she know? How many sounds?
    I'd be happy to share ideas, but I need more data.
     
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    When you say Fountas and Pinnell test, do you mean the benchmark assessments? Or the assessments in the phonics and words study binder/cd? Choose a book (level c) and have her read it to you. Have her point to each word as she reads. Take a running record and see if she has 1-1 matching, directionality and what she uses to figure out unknown words (meaning, structure or visual). Do some phonemic awareness assessments
     
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    I would add this advice: go at her with phonics flash cards, check for her knowledge of Dolch sight words, and begin sight memory of those words; then provide her with daily at home reading of books at her level. You will need to build her knowledge of letter sounds for sounding out, sight words, and stamina in actually reading out loud. Begin with a week of one easy book a night, with lots of color words, etc., easy to read w/picture cues. Then second week, 2 of these easy books each night. Keep praising her when she reads them to you. When you work one on one, make note of sight words she does not know and introduce them, a few each week, for memorization.

    After about 4 weeks of this daily shoot 'em up, she should be beginning to move up levels. Very slowly. Success is so important to developing a drive within her. My struggling readers usually start going out of their minds about this time and try to get me to send home 10 books a night, or move them to a more difficult level. They are so proud and excited to read!

    I would also give a reward for every 5 books read - a sticker chart, with a trip to the treasure box after 10 books. It is so easy to motivate most kids this way. Set her up for success, because this is a real key to inner motivation.

    Month by Month Phonics for First Grade by Patricia Cunningham has great activities, which are fun for the whole class. Good luck and please keep us posted. I think the key is her readiness, and you offering this three pronged approach like a D-Day attack!
     
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    She identifies all letters and sounds accurately. She also uses her finger to guide one-on-one matching as she reads.
     
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    The next assessment I would do is a sight word test. There are several good HFW list in the fontas and pinnell kits.
    What strategies does she use?
    Teach her to reread for meaning
    To use the first part of a word
    Think about what would make sense
     
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    I have a repeater as well. I am just doing things with him that I do with the whole class.
     
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    Hi,
    Do you still have that excel file that creates Lotto games? Just saw your post and I am searching for something that would help me create the games for Fountas and Pinnell lesson. Thanks so much. My email is jgryzlo@jecsd.org
     

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