Band Aids

The Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project groups Fountas and Pinnell text levels by bands (Calkins, 2009).  As a practicing teacher I am creating cheat sheets that I like to call “Band Aids”. They are designed to remind teachers of the specific needs of young readers in each of the bands.

Some of these Band Aids were created in cooperation with graduate students during the 2012 and 2013 Summer Semesters of the Developmental Literacy course that I teach at Hunter College in New York. They are adaptations of the leveling work that is included in “The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades PreK-8, Second Edition: A Guide to Teaching” by Pinnell and Fountas (2010). 

Band Aids are for your professional use. I would enjoy to hear about any feedback you might have about it and its use, in comments on this page (I love comments!)

This content is provided to you under the Creative Commons License for Attribution. Please feel free to use it widely. This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon this work, even commercially, as long as I (Geanine Pierro, PhD) am credited by you for the original creation. (This is the most accommodating of licenses offered.) I thank you for honoring the license.


Geanine Pierro

A-C Band Aid

D-F Band AID

F-H Band Aid

J-M Band Aid

N-Q Band Aid

R-S-T Band Aid

Word Work Band Aid

Band AID Note Taking Sheet


2 thoughts on “Band Aids

  1. Pingback: What Are Fountas and Pinnell Text Bands? | lifelongliteracylearner

  2. The work you have done is wonderful – so concise and useful. I especially like your word work band aids for the different levels. I am a reading specialist and teach via guided reading all day, every day, and I never stop wanting to do a better job for my students. I use the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention system. The fact that your work is based on their work is exceptionally helpful to me.

    So, thank you again for all your hard work that makes it easier for the rest of us!


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