Phonics, Spelling and Word Study (PWS)

Pique student’s curiosity with systematic instruction in how oral and written language “works.”

The FPC Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Systems contain explicit lessons for whole-group instruction and small-group application that help students attend to, learn about, and efficiently use sounds, letters, and words.


The Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Systems are designed to expand and refine children’s reading and writing powers, and enable you to help children attend to, learn about, and efficiently use information about sounds, letters, and words.

  • Explicit lessons appropriate for whole-group instruction (5–10 minutes) and for individual, partners, or small-group application (10–15 minutes)
  • Master Lesson Guide with suggested sequence for phonics lessons
  • Organization by nine areas of learning – Early Literacy Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Letter Knowledge, Letter-Sound Relationships, Spelling Patterns, High-Frequency Words, Word Meaning/Vocabulary, Word Structure, and Word-Solving Actions
  • Inquiry approach that encourages students to construct understandings and notice more about letters, sounds, and words
  • Specific connections to Sing a Song of Poetry (K-2), to Words That Sing: Poetry Charts for Shared Reading (K-3), and to FPC Interactive Read-Aloud and FPC Shared Reading titles as mentor texts and examples for generalizing and applying principles.
  • Guidance for assessing students’ learning within each lesson and in the Assessment Guide (found in the online resource).
  • Digital classroom and teacher materials such as Gamemaker, a tool to create and customize games and lesson activities

Sounds, Letters, and Words in PreK

100 explicit lessons designed to cultivate children’s natural curiosity about the sounds of language and encourage their active engagement in learning how sounds, letters, and words work. Sounds, Letters, and Words in PreK will give pre-kindergarteners a strong foundation in literacy that will prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. Each lesson is developmentally appropriate, based on current research, interactive to keep children engaged, and rooted in play.

  • Lesson Book: 100 brief, joyful lessons that build phonological awareness, letter knowledge, and early literacy concepts
  • Ready Resources: pre-printed lesson-specific materials that leave more time for teaching
  • Online Resources: a treasure-trove of general and lesson-specific digital resources
  • Gamemaker: an easy-to-use digital tool for building and customizing letter and word games
  • Link to The Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide: each lesson features a principle derived from this guide

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Sing a Song of Poetry

A Teaching Resource for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Fluency

These companions to the Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System series uses poetry to its full advantage to expand children’s oral language capabilities, develop phonological awareness, and teach about the intricacies of print. The poems in Sing a Song of Poetry immerse students in rich, rhythmical language, providing age appropriate opportunities to enjoy language through shared reading, stimulate oral language development, connect words, and much more. Poetry enhances any early childhood curriculum.

  • 225 poems
  • Increased support around poetry and how it works
  • Language and ideas consistent with the language and ideas included in the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum.
  • Specific references to the Sing a Song of Poetry poems in the PWS Systems

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Comprehensive Guide to Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study

This guide provides you with a comprehensive map of the knowledge students develop on their journey to becoming expert word solvers and effective readers and writers.

This essential guide, presented in an easy-to-use chart form, is a critical companion to The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. You will be able to hone your observations of students’ literacy behaviors with this indispensable tool, which combines the behaviors and understandings from the Phonics continuum with the specific times

(early, middle, or late in grades PreK–8) appropriate for each one to be introduced and then to be under students’ control. In addition, instructional language and a multitude of specific examples appear exclusively in this guide. Use this resource to guide your students in an exploration of letter and word learning.

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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Phonics Research

Phonics Spelling and Word Study lessons are grounded in academic research.

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