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The renowned PM Collection features over 1,000 accurately levelled fiction and nonfiction titles from levels 1–30, ensuring enjoyment and literacy success for children.

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The PM Philosophy

Consistent throughout every series in the PM Family is the solid foundation of careful and meticulous levelling that PM is known for. On every page, specialized care is taken with the sentence structures, the choice of words, the clear well-spaced type, and with meaningful, accurate illustrations to ensure a gentle learning gradient for children.

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CAREFUL LEVELLING
CAREFUL LEVELLING

PMs are levelled using a colour band system (Magenta–Sapphire) and a numerical sequence (Levels 1–30) with fine gradations based on more than a dozen factors controlled to match children’s growing skills.

See how PMs correlate to Fountas & Pinnell and other levelling systems. Levelling Chart

CLEAR STORY STRUCTURE
CLEAR STORY STRUCTURE

Each book has concepts and experiences that children can understand. They offer real reading experiences and traditional story structures with tension, climax, and resolution.



RECURRING CHARACTERS
RECURRING CHARACTERS

Endearing, relatable, recurring characters appear through a variety of series and at different reading levels to encourage reading and stimulate interest.

TEXT ILLUSTRATION MATCH
TEXT ILLUSTRATION MATCH

Strong, engaging illustrations and photographs help children interpret and derive meaning from the text to support comprehension.

New Editions of PM Alphabet Starters and PM Alphabet Blends

​​​These updated books support early literacy development and teach phonological and phonemic awareness in your K-1 classroom:

  • Updated photos accompany each letter or alphabet blend
  • Teach students to recognize and understand letters, sounds, and the beginnings of most words
  • Each books includes 5 or 7 words that begin with that letter or alphabet blend

Meet the PM Family

The PM Family offers a range of comprehensive resources appropriate for Shared Reading, Guided and Independent Reading, Reading Assessment, and Writing.

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SHARED READING

PM Shared Stories and PM Shared Facts
PM Shared Stories and PM Shared Facts

Grade K Circle Band Grade 1 Circle Band Grade 2 Circle Band

Large-format Big Books with audio CDs that teach students about the features of text, focusing on meaning, grammar, sounds, letter and word knowledge, contextual knowledge, and the reader’s role.



READING ASSESSMENT

PM Benchmark
PM Benchmark Reading Assessment Resource

Grade K Circle Band Grade 1 Circle Band Grade 2 Circle Band Grade 3 Circle Band Grade 4 Circle Band

Designed to assess students’ instructional and independent reading levels using unseen, meaningful texts. This comprehensive resource provides accurately levelled fiction and nonfiction texts at levels 1–30.
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WRITING

PM Writing
PM Writing

Grade K Circle Band Grade 1 Circle Band Grade 2 Circle Band Grade 3 Circle Band Grade 4 Circle Band Grade 5/6 Circle Band

Explicitly teach through the deconstruction of nine different text forms. This series offers systematic instruction in writing through modelled, shared, guided, and independent writing.
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GUIDED AND INDEPENDENT READING
PM Library and PM Plus
PM Library and PM Plus
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Magenta Color Band Red Color Band Yellow Color Band Blue Color Band Green Color Band Orange Color Band Turquoise Color Band Purple Color Band Gold Color Band Silver Color Band Emerald Color Band Ruby Color Band Sapphire Color Band

These collections support the full range of PM levels and features a variety of books, including Story Books, Nonfiction titles, Chapter Books, Anthologies, and Traditional Tales and Plays.

PM Library
NEW PM Library
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Red Color Band Yellow Color Band Blue Color Band Green Color Band

Seventy-two new titles include fiction books that feature all-time favourite recurring characters and nonfiction books that cover a variety of text types and topics.
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PM Starters
PM Starters
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Magenta Color Band

This series offers opportunities to practice accurate matching of written and spoken words. Each book focuses on two or more high frequency words in this collection for beginning readers.
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PM Gems
PM Gems
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Magenta Color Band Red Color Band Yellow Color Band Blue Color Band Green Color Band

These books feature the most loved characters from the PM Library and PM+ series in new adventures. Repetition of characters, settings, and vocabulary motivates students to become successful and fluent readers.

PM Photostories
PM Photo Stories
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Magenta Color Band Red Color Band Yellow Color Band Blue Color Band Green Color Band

These books are illustrated entirely with real photographs that tell stories about realistic events and situations in children’s everyday lives. The photographs provide strong text support, build interest, and promote deeper comprehension.

PM Early Chapters
PM Early Chapters
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Orange Color Band Turquoise Color Band Purple Color Band Gold Color Band Silver Color Band

Introduce the chapter book concept with these titles that feature meticulous levelling and high-interest storylines, as well as a variety of existing and new recurring characters.
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PM Science Facts
PM Science Facts
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Red/Yellow Color Band Yellow/Blue Color Band Blue/Green Color Band Green/Orange Color Band

Support cross-curricular learning through photographs and literacy content that introduce the exploration of our world. Nonfiction titles cover four themes: Exploring My World, Animals in My World, Exploring My Senses, and Exploring My Planet.

PM Math Numeracy and Literacy
PM Math Numeracy and Literacy
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Magenta/Red Color Band Yellow/Blue Color Band Blue/Green Color Band Orange/Turquoise Color Band

Build content literacy and teach essential math concepts using easy-to-understand vocabulary. Math learning is set in a problem-solving context supported by captivating photographs.

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Magenta (Starters) 1 Kindergarten 1 A 1 BR (Before Reading)
Magenta (Starters) 2 Kindergarten 2 B 2 BR (Before Reading)

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Red 3-4 Grade 1 3-4 C 3 200-299
Red/Yellow 5-6 Grade 1 5-6 D 4 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Red/Yellow 5-6 Grade 1 5-6 D 4 200-299
Yellow 7-8 Grade 1 7-8 E 6-8 200-299
Yellow/Blue 8-9 Grade 1 8-9 E-F 7-10 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Yellow/Blue 8–9 Grade 1 8–9 E–F 7–10 200-299
Blue 9–11 Grade 1 9–11 F 10 200-299
Blue/Green 11–12 Grade 1 11–12 G 12 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Blue/Green 11–12 Grade 1 11–12 G 12 200-299
Green 12–14 Grade 1 12–14 H 14 200-299
Green/Orange 14–15 Grade 1 14–15 H-I 14-16 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Green/Orange 14–15 Grade 1 14–15 H–I 14–16 200–299
Orange 15–16 Grade 1 15-16 I 16 200–299
Orange/Turquoise 16-17 Grade 1 16-17 H-J 14-18 200–299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Orange/Turquoise 16–17 Grade 2 16–17 H-J 14–18 300–499
Turquoise 17–18 Grade 2 17–18 J 18 300–499
Turquoise/Purple 17–19 Grade 2 17–19 J-K 18–20 300–499

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Turquoise/Purple 17–19 Grade 2 17–19 J–K 18–20 300–499
Purple 19–20 Grade 2 19–20 K 20 300–499
Purple/Gold 19–21 Grade 2 N/A K–L 20–28 300–499

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Purple/Gold 19–21 Grade 2 K–L 20–28 300–499
Gold 21–22 Grade 2 L-M 24-28 300–499
Gold/Silver 21-23 Grade 3 L-N 24-34 500-699

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Gold/Silver 21-23 Grade 3 L-N 24-34 500-699
Silver 23–24 Grade 3 N-O 30-34 500-699
Silver/Emerald 23-25 Grade 3 N-P 30-40 500-699

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Silver/Emerald 23-25 Grade 3 N-P 30-40 500-699
Emerald 25–26 Grade 3–4 P-Q 38–40 500-799

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Ruby 27–28 Grade 4 R-S 40 700-799

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Sapphire 29–30 Grade 5 T-U 50 800-899

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Red 3-4 Grade 1 3-4 C 3 200-299
Red/Yellow 5-6 Grade 1 5-6 D 4 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Red/Yellow 5-6 Grade 1 5-6 D 4 200-299
Yellow 7-8 Grade 1 7-8 E 6-8 200-299
Yellow/Blue 8-9 Grade 1 8-9 E-F 7-10 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Yellow/Blue 8–9 Grade 1 8–9 E–F 7–10 200-299
Blue 9–11 Grade 1 9–11 F 10 200-299
Blue/Green 11–12 Grade 1 11–12 G 12 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Blue/Green 11–12 Grade 1 11–12 G 12 200-299
Green 12–14 Grade 1 12–14 H 14 200-299
Green/Orange 14–15 Grade 1 14–15 H-I 14-16 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Magenta (Starters) 1 Kindergarten 1 A 1 BR (Before Reading)
Magenta (Starters) 2 Kindergarten 2 B 2 BR (Before Reading)
Red 3-4 Grade 1 3-4 C 3 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Magenta (Starters) 1 Kindergarten 1 A 1 BR (Before Reading)
Magenta (Starters) 2 Kindergarten 2 B 2 BR (Before Reading)

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Red 3-4 Grade 1 3-4 C 3 200-299
Red/Yellow 5-6 Grade 1 5-6 D 4 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Red 3-4 Grade 1 3-4 C 3 200-299
Red/Yellow 5-6 Grade 1 5-6 D 4 200-299
Yellow 7-8 Grade 1 7-8 E 6-8 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Red/Yellow 5-6 Grade 1 5-6 D 4 200-299
Yellow 7-8 Grade 1 7-8 E 6-8 200-299
Yellow/Blue 8-9 Grade 1 8-9 E-F 7-10 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Red/Yellow 5-6 Grade 1 5-6 D 4 200-299
Yellow 7-8 Grade 1 7-8 E 6-8 200-299
Yellow/Blue 8-9 Grade 1 8-9 E-F 7-10 200-299
PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Red/Yellow 5-6 Grade 1 5-6 D 4 200-299
Yellow 7-8 Grade 1 7-8 E 6-8 200-299
Yellow/Blue 8-9 Grade 1 8-9 E-F 7-10 200-299
Blue 9–11 Grade 1 9–11 F 10 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Yellow/Blue 8–9 Grade 1 8–9 E–F 7–10 200-299
Blue 9–11 Grade 1 9–11 F 10 200-299
Blue/Green 11–12 Grade 1 11–12 G 12 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Yellow/Blue 8–9 Grade 1 8–9 E–F 7–10 200-299
Blue 9–11 Grade 1 9–11 F 10 200-299
Blue/Green 11–12 Grade 1 11–12 G 12 200-299
PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Yellow/Blue 8–9 Grade 1 8–9 E–F 7–10 200-299
Blue 9–11 Grade 1 9–11 F 10 200-299
Blue/Green 11–12 Grade 1 11–12 G 12 200-299
Green 12–14 Grade 1 12–14 H 14 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Blue/Green 11–12 Grade 1 11–12 G 12 200-299
Green 12–14 Grade 1 12–14 H 14 200-299
Green/Orange 14–15 Grade 1 14–15 H-I 14-16 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Blue/Green 11–12 Grade 1 11–12 G 12 200-299
Green 12–14 Grade 1 12–14 H 14 200-299
Green/Orange 14–15 Grade 1 14–15 H-I 14-16 200-299
Orange 15–16 Grade 1 15-16 I 16 200–299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Magenta (Starters) 1 Kindergarten 1 A 1 BR (Before Reading)
Magenta (Starters) 2 Kindergarten 2 B 2 BR (Before Reading)

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Red 3-4 Grade 1 3-4 C 3 200-299
Red/Yellow 5-6 Grade 1 5-6 D 4 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Red/Yellow 5-6 Grade 1 5-6 D 4 200-299
Yellow 7-8 Grade 1 7-8 E 6-8 200-299
Yellow/Blue 8-9 Grade 1 8-9 E-F 7-10 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Yellow/Blue 8–9 Grade 1 8–9 E–F 7–10 200-299
Blue 9–11 Grade 1 9–11 F 10 200-299
Blue/Green 11–12 Grade 1 11–12 G 12 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Blue/Green 11–12 Grade 1 11–12 G 12 200-299
Green 12–14 Grade 1 12–14 H 14 200-299
Green/Orange 14–15 Grade 1 14–15 H-I 14-16 200-299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Green/Orange 14–15 Grade 1 14–15 H–I 14–16 200–299
Orange 15–16 Grade 1 15-16 I 16 200–299
Orange/Turquoise 16-17 Grade 1 16-17 H-J 14-18 200–299

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Orange/Turquoise 16–17 Grade 2 16–17 H-J 14–18 300–499
Turquoise 17–18 Grade 2 17–18 J 18 300–499
Turquoise/Purple 17–19 Grade 2 17–19 J-K 18–20 300–499

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Turquoise/Purple 17–19 Grade 2 17–19 J–K 18–20 300–499
Purple 19–20 Grade 2 19–20 K 20 300–499
Purple/Gold 19–21 Grade 2 N/A K–L 20–28 300–499

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Purple/Gold 19–21 Grade 2 K–L 20–28 300–499
Gold 21–22 Grade 2 L-M 24-28 300–499
Gold/Silver 21-23 Grade 3 L-N 24-34 500-699

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Gold/Silver 21-23 Grade 3 L-N 24-34 500-699
Silver 23–24 Grade 3 N-O 30-34 500-699
Silver/Emerald 23-25 Grade 3 N-P 30-40 500-699

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ORANGE/TURQUOISE TABLE
PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Reading Recovery Level™ Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Green/Orange 14–15 Grade 1 14–15 H–I 14–16 200–299
Orange 15–16 Grade 1 15-16 I 16 200–299
Orange/Turquoise 16-17 Grade 1 16-17 H-J 14-18 200–299
Turquoise 17–18 Grade 2 17–18 J 18 300–499

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PM Colour Level PM Level Grade Level Equivalent Fountas & Pinnell Level™
(Guided Reading Level)
DRA Level Lexiles
Purple/Gold 19–21 Grade 2 K–L 20–28 300–499
Gold 21–22 Grade 2 L-M 24-28 300–499
Gold/Silver 21-23 Grade 3 L-N 24-34 500-699

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