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The Neighborhood Band

The Neighborhood Band

Genre: Picture Book (Kids, Grade 2)
Publisher: Heinemann (June 2024, 12 pages)
ISBN: 9780325130316
Illustrated by Christian Paniagua
*A Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System 2.0 book. Standalone titles available from Pearson Canada.


Disappointments can challenge us to find new and creative ways of doing things.

Keshon, a young boy living in the Caribbean island of Trinidad, is excited because the music band he formed with kids from his neighborhood is getting ready to put on its first garage concert. But when Nyla and Sunil are forced to pull out of the performance at the last minute, Keshon must come up with an innovative solution—and rely on the help of neighbors—to make sure the show goes on.

Used in about one in six American elementary schools, the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Benchmark Assessment System is used to identify the instructional and independent reading levels of students with accuracy and reliability. Through original, precise texts and tools, teachers can observe and quantify specific reading behaviors, and then interpret and use that data to plan meaningful, responsive teaching.

The assessment guidelines and rubric enables teachers to sharpen their observation of students’ reading behaviors, strengthen the connection from assessment to instruction, and plan rich and comprehensive literacy experiences that meet learners where they are and bring them forward with intention and precision.


Praise & Reviews for the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) []
"The assessment results are clear and immediately accessible for instructional adjustment. Other tests often require hours of teacher release time to "drill-down" through the data to determine individual student needs. The Fountas & Pinnell results yield immediately useful data to adjust reading groups, suggest independent reading selections, and provide appropriate instructional supports."
    —New York State Education Department

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    —Becky, first-grade teacher for over 12 years and blogger at The Class Couple

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    —Insructional Services Department, Langley School District, British Columbia