Fountas & Pinnell Classroom (FPC)

Lift students’ learning beyond the walls of the classroom with texts and a blueprint for teaching that create authentic experiences in reading, thinking, talking, writing, and reflecting to realize what it truly means to live a literate life.

Whether you are a new teacher or one with years of experience, FPC both relies upon and contributes to your expertise as a teacher. The extensive professional learning tools woven into FPC help you develop your craft, strengthen instructional decision-making, and deliver high-impact literacy instruction.


Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) is a cohesive, multi-text approach to literacy instruction for all students in grades PreK–6. This systemic approach to classroom-based literacy instruction consists of books, classroom library collections, lessons folders, conferring cards, minilessons, and professional learning tools.

FPC is designed to support whole-group, small-group and independent learning opportunities including:

Whole-Group Teaching

  1. Interactive Read-Aloud
  2. Shared Reading
  3. Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study
  4. Reading Minilessons
  5. Writing Minilessons

Small-Group Teaching

  1. Guided Reading
  2. Book Clubs

Independent Learning

  1. Independent Reading

Explore the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum

Proficient readers and writers display recognizable behaviors at every stage of literacy learning. When teachers notice, teach, and support these behaviors, they link assessment to responsive teaching. This indispensable literacy tool identifies the behaviors that demonstrate thinking and understanding within, beyond, and about a text. These behaviors are described as continua of learning across eight instructional contexts.

Explore what the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum is, what’s included, how it’s implemented, and gain access to samplers, research, webinars, and more.

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FPC Research

Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell are committed to the important role of research in the development and ongoing evaluation of Fountas & Pinnell Classroom (FPC).

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