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Engaging (and Easy to Prep) Phonics Center Activities

Engaging (and Easy to Prep) Phonics Center Activities

What’s an engaging and effective way to ensure your students are practicing their phonics skills every day in class? Including a phonics center in your regular literacy center rotations! Phonics centers are an awesome way to get kids practicing phonics concepts...

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Virtual Teaching Must Haves

Virtual Teaching Must Haves

Distance Teaching/Learning is the new (temporary) norm for many teachers and students this school year. Teaching from home or through the screen, while it has its challenges, can be very successful. How? Love, sweat, tears...and the right tools! Check out our favorite...

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Easy Way To Make an Audio Recording into a Video

Easy Way To Make an Audio Recording into a Video

You can easily make your own audio recording to share to YouTube, embed in Google Forms, or use on other apps or platforms that allow videos but not audio recordings. There's no need to sit in front of the camera or do a screen recording. Here is an easy way to make...

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Free Distance Learning Assignment Template

Free Distance Learning Assignment Template

Distance teaching is hard! We get it! Let us take away half the work. Check out this free (editable) distance learning daily assignment template AND tips on how to use it. Editing the Look of the Template This template has editable boxes such as the date, teacher...

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New and FUN Ways to Practice Sight Words

New and FUN Ways to Practice Sight Words

We all know how important it is to our young students’ reading fluency and comprehension to be able to immediately recognize high-frequency (sight) words. So it’s time well spent to include sight word practice in our students weekly classwork! But, for many kids, the...

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11 Virtual Birthday Ideas (Classroom Ideas Included!)

11 Virtual Birthday Ideas (Classroom Ideas Included!)

Whether you are teaching virtually or in person, it is SO important to celebrate those student birthdays! Remember how special birthdays were as a kid?? (How many of us now enjoy turning 29 year after year?!) But is it possible to celebrate a virtual birthday? It is!...

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Writing Mini-Lessons That Stick

Writing Mini-Lessons That Stick

Do you ever feel like no matter how many times you model a type of writing or a basic writing convention, your students are continually making the same mistakes once they’re released to write on their own? And no matter how carefully you teach the skill, or how...

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Adding a PDF to Google Slides

Adding a PDF to Google Slides

Google Slides is my go-to for student activities in Google Classroom and Seesaw (and really, any other learning platform)! Of course, I have so many student-friendly activities available in PDF format, but to make them interactive for students, it's a great idea to...

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Halloween Ideas for the Classroom

Halloween Ideas for the Classroom

October is here and teachers are hard at work looking for ways to keep learning fun. If you are looking for Halloween ideas for the classroom, this post has some great options! Ghost Spelling Grab your spelling list or phonics pattern for the week and get ready to...

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Advanced Google Forms Tips

Advanced Google Forms Tips

Google Forms are such a great tool for virtual or in person teachers! They can collect data, be used as assessments or for differentiation. Did you know they could do EVEN more? Watch & read below for Advanced Google Forms tips and tricks! Creating a...

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Assigning Only One or a Few Slides in Google Slides

Assigning Only One or a Few Slides in Google Slides

If you have a long Google Slides presentation, you may not want to assign the whole thing to students. For example, if you use the monthly writing prompts from the Lucky Little Toolkit, there are prompts for the whole year. You may just want to choose one, a few for...

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How to Make Unlimited Copies of an Object

How to Make Unlimited Copies of an Object

When teaching virtually it is so important to use manipulatives to aid instruction. However, it can be SO time consuming to copy and paste enough copies of the virtual manipulative to use in the lesson. (Not to mention it makes your resource look sloppy!) Have no...

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Student Responses in Google Forms

Student Responses in Google Forms

Google forms are a GREAT way to interact with students during distance learning or just when using technology in the school setting. They are a quick way to assess student knowledge. The best part of Google Forms? Seeing the student's responses! Read & watch below...

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Outdoor Learning-Get Outside!

Outdoor Learning-Get Outside!

Teachers this year are faced with arguably the TOUGHEST year of their careers. (Hey first year teachers...guess what? We are ALL first year teachers this year!) Teaching during a pandemic is challenging, emotionally heavy, and causes anxiety in many teachers. Even...

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Splitting a PDF File

Splitting a PDF File

When teaching virtually it can be beneficial to pull from many different resources for lessons. Some PDF file resources are full of amazing content, but this can also mean they are LONG! Want to use a few specific pages of a PDF file in your lesson? We have the...

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Classroom and Online Morning Routines and Ideas

Classroom and Online Morning Routines and Ideas

A classroom morning routine is going to be the key to starting the school day. Routines provide students with a predictable structure that sets them up for success every single day. Whether you are teaching in the classroom or online this year, we have gathered some...

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How to Teach Perseverance

How to Teach Perseverance

Some people call it GRIT; some call it a growth mindset. No matter what you call it, our students need to learn perseverance. Perseverance is that ability to keep going when things are tough. Even if students don’t achieve or master something right away, they can keep...

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How to Add Audio to Google Slides

How to Add Audio to Google Slides

Google is my go-to for classroom tech! Delivering lessons and assignments on Google Slides is so simple, but it’s important to give verbal instruction for our auditory lucky little learners. Of course, it's also nice for your distance learners to hear your voice when...

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Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

Help your lucky little learners reinforce math skills this year whether they are in your physical classroom or participating in online learning. These free math apps and websites will get your students excited about learning Math! Look through the list to see which...

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Must-Have Children’s Books and Videos About Self-Control

Must-Have Children’s Books and Videos About Self-Control

Teaching kids to have good self-control by keeping their hands to themselves and to not speak out of turn can be difficult to do. A lot of the time kids don't realize that blurting out answers or statements is disruptive and touching things or pestering classmates is...

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The First Week of Virtual Teaching

The First Week of Virtual Teaching

The school year of 2020 will be one for history books. And while we know this and can sit back in awe at the fact that we are living through history, this doesn't change the fact that teachers need to navigate through this time and still teach worthwhile lessons. To...

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Must-Have Children’s Books and Videos About Cooperation

Must-Have Children’s Books and Videos About Cooperation

Teaching kids about cooperation and working together is so important while they are young. Being able to be a team player and work with others is something that will help kids in all aspects of life. This selection of books and videos will work as building blocks to...

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Digital Stickers with Google Classroom and SeeSaw

Digital Stickers with Google Classroom and SeeSaw

Teachers are finding ways to get creative when it comes to rewarding their students while distance learning. Whether you are full or part time distance learning, digital stickers could be what you are looking for! Digital stickers can be used on Google Classroom or...

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Must-Have Books and Videos About Manners

Must-Have Books and Videos About Manners

Do you feel like getting your students to say please and thank you is an impossible task? Well, these books and videos are here to help with that! Each of the following resources is focused on teaching little ones to use good manners in their daily lives, making your...

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Google Apps Tips and Tricks for Teachers

Google Apps Tips and Tricks for Teachers

Teachers are faced with the immediate need to use Google apps for their teaching as of lately. Google apps such as Google Slides and Google Forms are wonderful tools to bring learning and assignments to your students. Consider this article a vault of video tutorials...

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Must-Have Children’s Books and Videos About Kindness

Must-Have Children’s Books and Videos About Kindness

Kindness is an essential social emotional skill for kids to learn early. It's something that can be taught with both actions and words and learning to be kind is a skill they will use and benefit from every day. Learning the little effects that kindness can have on a...

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Lucky Little Toolkit (Lifesaver!)

Lucky Little Toolkit (Lifesaver!)

Back to School. A time of year when teachers get all the feels. Excited to start a new year with new students. Nervous for that first day of school! Sadness watching the last few sunny summer days slip away. This year adds in a new level of feelings. Covid-19 has...

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Must-Have Children’s Books and Videos About Empathy

Must-Have Children’s Books and Videos About Empathy

One of the most important things we can teach our little ones is how to be empathetic towards others. Seeing things from someone else's point of view instead of our own is a skill that not all kids are being shown at home. This collection of books and videos do an...

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Must-Have Children’s Books and Videos About Compassion

Must-Have Children’s Books and Videos About Compassion

Compassion is an essential social emotional skill for kids to learn and develop early. Knowing how your actions and words can directly impact someone else is something that is so important for children to grasp at a young age. Compassion is a life-long ability for...

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Reading Groups-Going Virtual!

Reading Groups-Going Virtual!

School starting online? Worried about how to do small group reading instruction through a screen? Don't fear! We have you covered! Although teaching online is NOT ideal, there are still ways to engage students in meaningful, small group instruction. Keep reading to...

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Rock your Instruction with Reader’s Theater

Rock your Instruction with Reader’s Theater

The actors and actresses walked onto the "stage". They glanced at their waiting audience. The first actor took a deep breath and delivered his first line. Sound like a description of a broadway stage? Or a community theater performance? Guess what, it is describing...

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Lucky Little Learners Brand Ambassador Program

Lucky Little Learners Brand Ambassador Program

Hey there! Thank you for your interest in becoming a Lucky Little Learners Brand Ambassador. Brand Ambassadors help spread the word about our teaching resources through photographs and social media. Our Brand Ambassadors are 2nd Grade Teachers who love Lucky Little...

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Must-Have Children’s Books and Videos About Respect

Must-Have Children’s Books and Videos About Respect

Teaching children about respect for self and peers is so important. This can be accomplished through both books and videos. This collection will be sure to grab your students' attention and open up the conversation to ways respect can be shown and demonstrated. Books...

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Why Morning Meetings are More Important than Ever

Why Morning Meetings are More Important than Ever

Right now, most teachers are more worried about the social-emotional well-being of our students than how their math and reading scores will look in the fall. Yes, academics are important, but so is building classroom community and checking in with your lucky little...

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Fluency Tips & Tricks

Fluency Tips & Tricks

Teachers have many talents, one of them being sharing with each other! Today we felt it would be good to dive into some educational idea sharing. Let’s call it an idea swap. Today’s ideas center around Fluency practice and how to make this fun and engaging for your...

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Relationship Building Activities for Back to School

Relationship Building Activities for Back to School

It's almost time to go back to school! Whether you're teaching online or in person, the first step is focusing on building relationships with your lucky little learners. When your students feel safe and supported in your encouraging classroom, classroom management...

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Digital Teacher Interview Tips & Tricks

Digital Teacher Interview Tips & Tricks

Congrats! You landed an interview for your dream teaching job! But, due to the crazy times, it is a digital interview. Although this interview format is not traditional, no worries! Below is a list of tips and tricks compiled by teachers who have been on both sides of...

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How to Connect with Families via SeeSaw

How to Connect with Families via SeeSaw

Are you a teacher who has recently discovered Seesaw? Seesaw is used to collect work, send announcements, or showcase student work to families. No matter how you use the platform, Seesaw has you covered! Whether you are a newbie or a Seesaw pro, there is probably...

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Start Your School Year With Google Classroom

Start Your School Year With Google Classroom

Whether your school year starts back in the classroom or at home, Google Classroom is the place to be! Google Classroom is the perfect place to build community right from day one. There are so many ways Google Classroom can support teaching and learning at your...

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First Year Teacher Must Haves

First Year Teacher Must Haves

Alright teachers, time to grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and think back to when you were hired for your first teaching job. Maybe you screamed for joy when you hung up the phone. Or maybe you instantly ran to Target to get ALL THE THINGS. However you...

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Building Classroom Community during Distance Learning

Building Classroom Community during Distance Learning

What will this fall look like? This question has more than likely creeped it's way into the thoughts of teachers around the world. While we DON'T know what this fall will bring, we DO know what kids need. They need to feel comfortable in their classroom, respected and...

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Summer Self Care for Teachers

Summer Self Care for Teachers

Teachers, we SEE you. We see the exhaustion as you upload your last online lesson. We see the tears fall as you logoff your last call with students. We see the overwhelm as you look at your once organized “home classroom”. Guess what? We see and feel ALL of that too....

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Math Resources for At-Home Learning

Math Resources for At-Home Learning

Whether you're teaching your lucky little learners from home or providing supplement materials for summer learning, you'll want to find lessons and activities that are engaging and fun! Students have been spending a lot of time in front of screens, so your math...

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Phonics Activities for Remote Learning

Phonics Activities for Remote Learning

Phonics is still the go-to way to teach young readers! During remote learning, it's still important to help your students keep up with their reading skills. For K-2 students, the summer slide is real. Don't start summer early. Keep sharing phonics activities for...

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Spelling Activities for Remote Learning

Spelling Activities for Remote Learning

Helping your lucky little learners with their spelling lists doesn't have to be boring! Now that you have started remote learning with your students, there are so many ways you can help them learn their spelling words while providing engaging, fun lessons and...

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How to Teach Cooperation in the Classroom

How to Teach Cooperation in the Classroom

More than anything, we need to help our lucky little learners work together through collaboration and cooperation! Teamwork is such an important skill to practice in the primary classroom.  In Module 8 of the The Encouraging Classroom you’ll have activities and...

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Distance Learning Brag Tags

Distance Learning Brag Tags

Brag tags are a fun way to celebrate students! After many request from our community of teachers, we designed these distance learning brag tags for you! Magnificent MuterGoing the Distance (Learning)Distance Learning SuperstarThanks for Rolling with itI Rocked Remote...

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