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Beach Day Classroom Transformation

Beach Day Classroom Transformation

The end of the year is fast approaching! Teachers are wracking their brain trying to come up with end of the year activities. How about a classroom transformation? Classroom transformations are fun and leave your students with lasting memories of a fun-filled day!...

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Top Teaching Strategies: Story Structure

Top Teaching Strategies: Story Structure

The time has come to teach story structure! This can be a FUN and engaging comprehension skill to teach! Plus, teaching this skill helps with reading comprehension, close reading skills and story writing skills! What is story structure? Story structure is how a story...

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Free Sight Word Activities

Free Sight Word Activities

Sight words make up 50%-75% of the words in children's books. Wow! No wonder they are important for kids to know. Sight words are words that children need to memorize. Typically, they are not words that can be "sounded out" but instead must be learned by sight....

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No Prep Daily Grammar Practice in 2nd Grade

No Prep Daily Grammar Practice in 2nd Grade

Squeezing in daily grammar practice can be a struggle for teachers. Ideally, grammar skills should be practiced every day. This allows the students to retain the information and skills they are learning. Grammar Day by Day is a great option for teachers who want...

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Introducing Our New Early Finisher Packets

Introducing Our New Early Finisher Packets

Whenever it comes to our speedy students who finish early we are always looking for a way to help them keep learning. Whether you want to bulk up your activities for early finishers or have a great packet for summer review, this bundle of resources will help keep your...

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Tips For Teaching Point of View

Tips For Teaching Point of View

Point of view is a skill that can be viewed as overwhelming. How can you make sure your students retain the standard all while having fun? We've got tips for teaching, practicing, and assessing point of view that will make this concept simplified for you and your...

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End of the Year Memory Book

End of the Year Memory Book

We made it! Let’s say it louder because, after the hurricane of chaos that we all experienced in 2020, it’s deserved. WE MADE IT! This year has been the toughest year that many of us have experienced as educators. So, let’s end the year on a high note. What better way...

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Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom With Toothy!

Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom With Toothy!

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills are huge in the world of education right now. They are skills that are needed for a successful, productive and happy school year (and life!) for students and their classmates. There are SO many ways to incorporate these skills...

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Top Teaching Strategies: Nonfiction Text Structure

Top Teaching Strategies: Nonfiction Text Structure

Trying to spice up your reading instruction by using more nonfiction? Instruction in nonfiction can be the missing piece for many readers. One skill to work on is Nonfiction Text Structures! Why teach this skill? Teaching nonfiction text structure helps readers set a...

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5 Tips For Using Toothy in a Virtual or F2F Setting

5 Tips For Using Toothy in a Virtual or F2F Setting

We are in the middle of a crazy time in teaching. Some teachers have been teaching face-to-face all year and some are still distance learning - while others have bounced between the two all year or are teaching a mixture of students. Whew! No matter HOW you’re...

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No Stress with These 2nd Grade Math Worksheets

No Stress with These 2nd Grade Math Worksheets

Are you looking for an easy and no-prep set of 2nd grade math worksheets to help your students practice their math skills? Do you want the fun of an engaging math block without the hours spent on the hunt for the perfect resource? Look no further than right here! The...

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Earth Day Classroom Transformation!

Earth Day Classroom Transformation!

What a school year! It is hard to believe Earth Day (April 22nd) is already approaching! Earth day can be a fun day in the classroom. One way to make it even more fun - an Earth Day Classroom Transformation! Bring this important holiday to life by turning your...

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Teaching Sequencing

Teaching Sequencing

Sequencing may seem obvious to adults but for young students, it can be challenging to master. Teaching sequencing is vital because sequencing taps into higher-order thinking skills and helps our students more fully comprehend what they are reading. As our little...

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Toothy Tips and Outside-the-Box Ideas

Toothy Tips and Outside-the-Box Ideas

We love to use our Toothy Kits and we have so many options for how we can use them in the classroom. However, sometimes we love to learn those new and special ways that we can utilize this fun activity. We have 8 fun tips and outside-the-box ideas for using Toothy...

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Teaching Summarizing With Fiction

Teaching Summarizing With Fiction

When it comes to teaching summarizing, we often find our students looking at us with blank stares. Summarization is a literacy skill we use for every stage of our educational journey, but how can we teach summarizing in a way that our students truly understand it?...

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5 Spots Toothy Fits Perfectly into your Schedule

5 Spots Toothy Fits Perfectly into your Schedule

Are your students hooked on Toothy yet? If not, have you tried this engaging printable & digital resource in your classroom? Answer no to both questions? It is time to introduce Toothy into your schedule! Not sure how to fit it in? Check out these 5 perfect ways...

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2nd Grade ELA Activities Round-Up

2nd Grade ELA Activities Round-Up

Looking for some fun 2nd grade ELA activities that work on important skills and keep your students engaged? Look no further! Here’s a roundup of some of our great bundles and activity packs to incorporate into your reading and writing block. These resources are sure...

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Set Your Sights on These Sight Words Activities

Set Your Sights on These Sight Words Activities

When it comes to sight words, we all pour over all the latest Pinterest activities to make centers or lessons really come alive and pop! Why? Because we know that sight words are crucial to growing our student's comprehension and fluency rates. So, while we know it's...

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Inferencing Center Ideas

Inferencing Center Ideas

Teaching students to make inferences can be a chore but it doesn’t have to be! There are some seriously fun ways to introduce and practice the important comprehension skill of inferencing. Below is a list of both low prep activities and some that require a bit of...

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Top Teaching Strategies: Making Inferences

Top Teaching Strategies: Making Inferences

Making inferences is an abstract skill. It requires students to take what they already know (in their schema, or what we like to call their 'mental filing cabinet') and add it to what they hear and see in a story to figure out what the author is NOT saying. It takes...

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20 Ideas for Increasing Online Engagement

20 Ideas for Increasing Online Engagement

Some teachers have been teaching online since last March! This means some students have been learning online for over a YEAR of their school career! Although there are perks to online learning (and it is amazing how quickly kids learn new technology!) it has worn out...

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Overcoming the Main Idea

Overcoming the Main Idea

Main idea is a key standard when it comes to learning in school. However, for how important the skill is, it can leave some of us teachers feeling overwhelmed on where to begin to make sure our students understand what exactly the main idea is and how to find...

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How to Use the 5 Ws to Get to the Main Idea

How to Use the 5 Ws to Get to the Main Idea

Ask a group of second graders what the main idea of the Three Little Pigs is and they might say, “straw houses are weak.” Getting to the main idea is hard for students. Teaching students to use the 5 W questions helps them focus on the important information in a given...

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Camp Read-a-Lot: Social Distancing Style

Camp Read-a-Lot: Social Distancing Style

Love doing classroom transformations but limited due to social distancing guidelines? Guess what?! Classroom transformations are STILL possible during this crazy school year. One of our favorite products here at Team Lucky Little Learners is Camp Read-A-Lot, our...

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Children’s Books About Women’s History

Children’s Books About Women’s History

Women's History is a topic that I am really passionate about because I come from a family of many strong females. I was raised to ignore traditional gender roles and I'm raising my daughter the same way. This has led to me being a huge women's rights advocate. If this...

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Strategies for Practicing Nonfiction Text Features

Strategies for Practicing Nonfiction Text Features

After you’ve introduced several nonfiction text features to the class, what are some fun ways to have kids explore and practice? In this blog post, we’ve got several ideas for you! Nonfiction Text Features Mentioned in This Post:  Table of ContentsIndexGlossaryBold...

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Practice Fact & Opinion Using Digital Toothy

Practice Fact & Opinion Using Digital Toothy

Knowing the difference between fact and opinion is an important skill for our learners to master. It helps create stronger readers with improved comprehension skills and it’s a skill they’ll continue to use throughout their lives. Building proficiency in this skill...

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Top Teaching Resources: Nonfiction Text Features

Top Teaching Resources: Nonfiction Text Features

A teacher sits down to lesson plan for the upcoming week. Flipping through the manual, they see it is time to teach nonfiction text features. A slight panic develops. How can this skill be made fun for students? Never fear! Here at Lucky Little Learners, we have you...

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5 Reasons Toothy is a Game Changer in the Classroom

5 Reasons Toothy is a Game Changer in the Classroom

A Tale as Old as Time: Every teacher knows the feeling that gets them right in the gut. You’ve begun centers just minutes ago and the students are getting into their groove. You are beginning guided reading with the ease of a seasoned professional. It flows and you...

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Figurative Language 2nd Grade Reading Passages

Figurative Language 2nd Grade Reading Passages

As students begin to read more complex texts they will encounter figurative language. This can be tricky for kids because they can't interpret these words and phrases literally. A great way to practice this tricky skill is in context with 2nd grade reading passages -...

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Figurative Language Fun!

Figurative Language Fun!

Figurative language can seem daunting to teach, especially to elementary students! However, getting students engaged in AND understanding figurative language doesn't have to be boring or difficult! Check out these fun strategies below! Reading Passages Did you know...

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2nd Grade Jokes and Riddles

2nd Grade Jokes and Riddles

We have a blast in our Lucky 2nd Grade Teachers Facebook group swapping ideas and stories - and every once in a while, 2nd grade jokes and riddles make an appearance!  Having a great joke on hand isn’t just a cool party trick - it works wonders in a classroom...

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Top Classroom Fluency Strategies

Top Classroom Fluency Strategies

It's time to talk about... reading fluency! Fluency is a measure of how well your students can read a text accurately, quickly, and with expression. (A great skill to weave into fluency instruction is comprehension! We'll get to that later!) Here are some...

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Compare and Contrast Fairy Tales

Compare and Contrast Fairy Tales

There are so many ways to teach 2nd grade students how to compare and contrast similar texts. One of the most effective and engaging ways to bring this concept to life is with compare and contrast fairy tales. Bonus - you’ll be addressing multiple standards at the...

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Teaching Compare and Contrast in the Classroom

Teaching Compare and Contrast in the Classroom

Time to teach comparing and contrasting in your classroom? Your students are going to have a blast with this important comprehension skill! It is a fun way to have your students dive deeper into stories and also serves as an introduction into higher-order thinking....

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2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Passages

2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Passages

What if you had 576 highly engaging 2nd grade reading comprehension passages and questions to use all year in your classroom...  And what if there were three different levels of text and questions for each title so every student in your classroom could be using...

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5 Ways to Help Kids Find Nonfiction Text Evidence

5 Ways to Help Kids Find Nonfiction Text Evidence

When kids begin to use fiction and nonfiction text evidence to support their ideas, arguments, opinions, and thoughts, discussions are richer, writing is better, and ELA standards are met!  Read on for activities and ideas you can use to help your lucky little...

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3 Easy Ways to Incorporate Grammar into Your Day

3 Easy Ways to Incorporate Grammar into Your Day

Grammar instruction is one thing that many teachers struggle to work into their ELA curriculum. For your lucky little learners, grammar concepts may be some of the most challenging when it comes to reading and writing. Fortunately, there are easy ways to incorporate...

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How to Give a Fluency Assessment

How to Give a Fluency Assessment

Fluency is the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. Fluent readers are able to read conversationally, at the same pace and tone as if they’re having a conversation. You can determine if your students are on track towards becoming fluent readers...

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Ideas to Help With Teaching Text Evidence

Ideas to Help With Teaching Text Evidence

Teaching your lucky little learners to read is not just about sight words and basic comprehension. Your primary and early elementary students are ready to learn about text evidence! Text evidence practice can start early and helps your students develop advanced...

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How to Use the 5Ws to Teach Text Evidence

How to Use the 5Ws to Teach Text Evidence

How can we get our students to naturally refer back to a text for evidence to back up their answers to questions? With habit-building text evidence activities! One of the easiest ways for kids to start this habit is to use the five Ws to teach text evidence....

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Online Math Routines That Increase Engagement

Online Math Routines That Increase Engagement

Many teachers are becoming increasingly frustrated with how to get their students to participate and stay engaged, especially during distance learning. Sometimes when math work gets challenging for your lucky little learners, it's easy for them to check out! Have no...

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High Impact Digital Math Routines for Distance Learning

High Impact Digital Math Routines for Distance Learning

Teaching math using our favorite routines like number talks and counting collections might seem impossible in a distance learning environment. But, we can leverage online tools and keep those high impact math routines alive and well in our digital classrooms! In this...

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Using Digital Math Toothy for Math Fact Practice

Using Digital Math Toothy for Math Fact Practice

Are your lucky little learners ready to dive into math facts practice using technology as a learning tool? Whether your students are online or in-person, there are so many benefits to using digital math toothy for math fact fluency! Get started using this incredible...

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Math Facts Mastery:  5 Tips to Use in Your Classroom Today!

Math Facts Mastery: 5 Tips to Use in Your Classroom Today!

Math Facts Mastery: An often-visited topic at PLC meetings, parent-teacher conferences, and in the teacher's lounge. Just how can a teacher get those math facts to stick? Over time teachers have gotten creative to provide math fact mastery strategies that are more...

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Math Fact Mastery: Teacher to Teacher Advice

Math Fact Mastery: Teacher to Teacher Advice

When children fail to master basic math facts, they often struggle with multi-step, higher-level math concepts in later grades.  So what are the best ways to help kids master their math facts?  We asked hundreds of veteran teachers this very question in our...

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