Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Benchmark Literacy

This year our district is piloting a new reading series, Benchmark Literacy.  As we approach the 100th day of school, I can finally say that I think I have it all figured out.  It is so nice to walk into school on a Monday and not have my head spin until 3:15 on Friday.

Benchmark Literacy is an balanced literacy approach with whole & small group instruction, phonics, and writing.  

We started off the year by assessing each student using a non-fiction Fountas and Pinnell piece.  This was such a great way to find out what level each of my students were on.  Fountas and Pinnell is a separate component to Benchmark.  Our reading specialist have used F & P but we have not individually assessed our students using it until this year.  I love it! Have you used Fountas and Pinnell?

I guess I should back up...I absolutely love that Benchmark eases into the school year.  The First 30 Days is literally what you do for the first 30 days of school.  It is amazing, it goes through how you classroom will run throughout the entire school year.  This isn't the only thing that you do during your literacy block as there is phonetic review.  In 1st grade this is BuildUp Phonics.  They also have a review for Kindergarten as well as 2nd grade that parallels the First 30 Days.

I can't say enough great things about Benchmark Literacy.  Although this was just a sweet little taste, stay tuned, because I will be sharing so much more including what I have found works really great, and what has not been as successful!


  1. I can't wait to read your pros and cons because this is one of the 2 reading series we are looking at adopting for next year.

  2. I would love to hear more as well! I will be piloting this series for the end of the year in my district with a possible adoption for next year. I would love your thoughts!


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