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4 Free Activities for Making Math Groups Fun

4 Free Activities for Making Math Groups Fun

Students in the same grade, but all working at different levels. Does this sound familiar? It can be a challenge to give each student exactly what they need to develop math skills. But with our Small Math Groups Kit, teachers can easily prep fun, engaging, and...

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13 Mentor Texts for Teaching Narrative Writing

13 Mentor Texts for Teaching Narrative Writing

Here's the thing about narrative writing- for some students it is completely effortless. The words just flow and they can craft these amazing and creative tales without a ton of guidance. However, in every classroom, you'll find students who are just completely...

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Synonyms and Antonyms Activities

Synonyms and Antonyms Activities

Here's a joke for you: What does a thesaurus eat for breakfast? Answer: Synonym rolls! (We love to laugh at Lucky Little Learners!) Keep reading to discover more amazing, awesome, incredible, marvelous, wonderful activities to teach synonyms and antonyms. What are...

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Christmas Read Alouds and Activities for the Classroom

Christmas Read Alouds and Activities for the Classroom

Our festive list of Christmas read-alouds is perfect for promoting peace, joy, and love in the classroom throughout the holiday season and beyond. Enjoy these books on their own, or combine them with our Christmas activity ideas for even more holly-jolly fun! This...

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Teaching Vowel Teams

Teaching Vowel Teams

Vowel teams are found in a lot of words! Because of this, it is important for teachers to spend a fair amount of time teaching these sounds. It can be difficult to keep this topic engaging and exciting, but luckily there are SEVERAL great resources available! Take a...

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Essential Literacy Centers In First Grade

Essential Literacy Centers In First Grade

When we look at our 1st grade students we may sometimes think they're too young for centers. It's a lot of independence and personal responsibility for some of our littlest learners! So why have literacy centers in first grade? Research shows us that centers provide...

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Teaching Comparative Endings

Teaching Comparative Endings

A wise teacher knows that comparative endings are an important second grade grammar skill. A wiser teacher understands there are many rules to teaching comparative endings. The wisest teacher turns to Lucky Little Learners to find new strategies and ideas for teaching...

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An Easy Way to Introduce Informational Writing in 2nd Grade

An Easy Way to Introduce Informational Writing in 2nd Grade

We all know 2nd grade students LOVE to share information! However, they often seem to find it harder to get information about a researched topic on paper. A GREAT way to introduce informational writing is through the use of mentor texts. An easy and effective format...

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10 Indoor Recess Ideas

10 Indoor Recess Ideas

Indoor recess, am I right? As a teacher, those two words either make you groan or smile. If you take a look at the comments in our Facebook Groups it seems like most teachers are on the groan side of the spectrum. No matter how you feel, having indoor recess plans is...

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Books and Activities to Inspire Self-Confidence

Books and Activities to Inspire Self-Confidence

Picture books are one of the most powerful tools a teacher can use. Literature has a way of reaching students. They can relate to a character or event in a picture book, and it inspires and influences their thinking and behavior. We hope this list of picture books and...

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13 Mentor Texts for Friendly Letter Writing

13 Mentor Texts for Friendly Letter Writing

Dear Teacher, We love using mentor texts in the classroom to showcase a special skill for our students. This list is filled with mentor texts that model writing a friendly letter. There are even books on the list that make cross-curricular connections with science,...

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Thanksgiving Read Alouds and Activities

Thanksgiving Read Alouds and Activities

November is a month for giving thanks. At Lucky Little Learners, we are so thankful for teachers like you who make a difference in the lives of students every day! We hope you enjoy this selection of picture books about Thanksgiving, family, friends, traditions, and...

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How to Teach Friendly Letter Writing

How to Teach Friendly Letter Writing

Friendly letter writing can be a fun and engaging topic for young writers. There are many resources and strategies that will help students become confident and skilled letter writers! Check out the list below for just some of the ways to help your class become the...

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Tools for Small Group Organization

Tools for Small Group Organization

Are you using small group instruction in your classroom? If so, then you'll agree - this is where the magic happens! Students get a targeted lesson to improve their skills in a small, supportive, group setting. But one of the biggest struggles teachers face with small...

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Back to Basics: Letter Formation for 2nd Grade

Back to Basics: Letter Formation for 2nd Grade

More and more teachers have been talking about how they are seeing student letter formation getting worse and worse. Is this due to missing in-school handwriting instruction? Or maybe it's due to the large amount of tech being used in daily life? Whatever the reason,...

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Tools for Planning Reading Interventions

Tools for Planning Reading Interventions

This year is a challenging one in a different way than previous years. Students this year are coming into the classroom working below grade level and needing more remediation than ever. No need to panic! Let's do what we do best and meet our amazing little learners...

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Multisensory Phonics Activities

Multisensory Phonics Activities

Phonics, phonics, phonics! It can't be stressed enough that a strong grasp of basic phonics is the building block that leads to higher literacy skills. Mastery takes practice, repeated exposure, and modeling. A great way to solidify learning is to use multisensory...

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Phonological Awareness Intervention

Phonological Awareness Intervention

Normally, the groundwork for phonological and phonemic awareness is laid in Kindergarten and 1st grade. (Although, advanced skills still have a place in regular instruction in 2nd and 3rd grades!) As we all know, the interruptions in learning caused by COVID have...

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How to Identify Student Gaps in Phonological Awareness

How to Identify Student Gaps in Phonological Awareness

Every teacher wants their students to grow as readers and writers. Imagine reading acquisition as a tower of blocks: each skill lays a foundation for the next. If there is a gap in the blocks, or one of the blocks is a little wobbly, the whole tower could fall!...

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All About Math Exit Ticket Boards

All About Math Exit Ticket Boards

A teacher finishes teaching a math lesson she feels went well, but she wants to assess how well her students understand it. (Without giving a formal test!) This is the EXACT situation where math exit ticket boards come in handy! Read below for math exit ticket...

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12 Amazing Virtual Field Trip Ideas

12 Amazing Virtual Field Trip Ideas

A field trip can be a wonderful capstone experience to a unit of study. The bus ride, the small groups, the feeling of adventure! But who says you actually have to leave the classroom to have an amazing field trip experience? The world is at your fingertips with these...

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Halloween Math Game Freebie

Halloween Math Game Freebie

If your students are anything like mine, then Halloween is one of their favorite times of the year. Tying my instruction to Halloween instantly makes the content more engaging. That's why I love this digital Halloween math game. It gives your students the opportunity...

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Asking and Answering Questions Using Nonfiction

Asking and Answering Questions Using Nonfiction

We know that our students are FULL of questions but focusing that energy on asking clarifying questions can be tricky. It can be even trickier to reach the comprehension level necessary to answer questions about a text. Successfully asking and answering questions is a...

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20+ Fresh Ideas for Report Card Comments

20+ Fresh Ideas for Report Card Comments

“I’m writing student report card comments and I’m stuck! Help!” “I need to write 30 individual report card comments and I have no idea where to begin…” “What can I say on the report card so parents will understand their child’s skills?” “How do I write a report card...

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New & Fun Ways to Teach Contractions

New & Fun Ways to Teach Contractions

The time has come to teach contractions! Teaching contractions can be fun and engaging for students (and their teachers)! Read below for tips & resources that will rock your contractions instruction! Tips & Tricks for Teaching Contractions First off, exactly...

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Early Finisher Ideas

Early Finisher Ideas

A teacher has just finished teaching a well planned, engaging lesson. It’s time for students to work independently. She pulls out readers to work with a student one-on-one feeling pride at how well the lesson just went. When suddenly, across the room comes a happy...

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14 Mentor Texts to Introduce Opinion Writing

14 Mentor Texts to Introduce Opinion Writing

You know that your students have a lot of opinions. Getting them to write those opinions in a logical and succinct way can be tough. One of the best ways to introduce opinion writing is to model how beloved authors share their opinions through the use of mentor texts....

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Literacy Screening is Done ~ Now What?!

Literacy Screening is Done ~ Now What?!

So you’ve completed your beginning or middle of the year literacy screening, and the results are clear - some of your students are below grade level. But what should you do next? After all, time is limited and it's important to quickly help kids build their skills and...

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10 Morning Message Ideas

10 Morning Message Ideas

The classroom morning meeting is one of the most important parts of the school day. It is where students can share, connect, listen, laugh, and learn! A great morning meeting sets the tone for the day. Using a morning message is a fun way to engage your students and...

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Hands On Literacy Intervention Activities

Hands On Literacy Intervention Activities

Planning for intervention lessons is quick and easy when the materials you'll need are within reach! The activities from our Small Group and Intervention Literacy Kit are designed to be hands-on and engaging for kids, and exactly what teachers need to simplify the...

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Teaching Opinion Writing in the Primary Classroom

Teaching Opinion Writing in the Primary Classroom

As teachers, we know that our little learners have A LOT of opinions. Getting those opinions on paper and properly supported can be the tricky part. If you are entering your opinion writing unit or looking for some ways to change things up, you're in the right place!...

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What to Do During Literacy Interventions

What to Do During Literacy Interventions

So you've pinpointed the literacy skill(s) your students need more help with, and you've carved out time for literacy interventions in your schedule. But what should you be doing with students to make the biggest impact on closing their gaps in literacy? Here are our...

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Free Literacy Centers!

Free Literacy Centers!

Literacy is the foundation of the 2nd grade classroom. 2nd grade learners need the practice to master basic early literacy skills. These amazing free literacy centers are here to help! We've got exciting centers for grammar, phonics, reading, and writing. With print...

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Practice Writing Sentences with Sentence Scrambles

Practice Writing Sentences with Sentence Scrambles

Are your students struggling with producing complete sentences? Do they just need a little more reinforcement? Try Sentence Scrambles! Sentence Scrambles are an activity that my students love! They are a great way for your students to practice writing sentences and...

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How to Help Your Struggling Writers This Year

How to Help Your Struggling Writers This Year

The buzz in education right now is loud and clear. Teachers are very concerned about their incoming class of students - particularly with their struggling writers. We are hearing a lot of the following... "I can't believe how low these kids are...

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How to Teach Editing and Revising

How to Teach Editing and Revising

Why teach students to edit and revise their writing? In a nutshell, this important stage of the writing process gives students an opportunity to reflect on what they've written through a reader's eyes. Taking the time to revise will ensure ideas are presented in an...

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Teaching Strategies for Common and Proper Nouns

Teaching Strategies for Common and Proper Nouns

Nouns can be fun to teach! Especially when students realize that nouns are EVERYWHERE! For most students, the concept of nouns is an easy one to grasp. A great starting point is a classroom noun hunt! Once students know what a noun is, they can learn the difference...

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Geometry Worksheets for 2nd Grade

Geometry Worksheets for 2nd Grade

If you are looking for some no-prep geometry and fraction practice for your 2nd graders then these geometry worksheets are for you! With over 50 different activities your students will enjoy building on the skills they’ve been learning in class. These worksheets...

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Teaching Kids to Use Linking Words

Teaching Kids to Use Linking Words

Planning and preparing grammar lessons can be a struggle with a capital S! It can be difficult to keep students engaged in their grammar lessons and centers. One such grammar lesson that can be difficult to get students excited about is linking words. Never fear,...

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Morning Work Ideas to Implement Now!

Morning Work Ideas to Implement Now!

The buses have arrived and students shuffle into classrooms to take their seats. They wander around the room. "Now what?" the teacher asks. What do students do while waiting for the rest of the class to arrive and the day to officially start? Luckily, there is an easy...

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Teaching Narrative Writing in the Primary Classroom

Teaching Narrative Writing in the Primary Classroom

Want to know my favorite thing about teaching lower elementary? The stories they tell. Their brains at this age are so creative and wild and hilarious. You can ask your students to write you a story with sea animals and all of a sudden you’re being told an epic tale...

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Fall Early Finisher Activities

Fall Early Finisher Activities

A teacher just finished a well planned, thought out lesson. She heads to her desk to take a sip of coffee while her students work on their independent work. She plans on walking around the room and assisting several students with skills they need to work on. But then,...

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Emergency Sub Plans for 1st and 2nd Grade

Emergency Sub Plans for 1st and 2nd Grade

A wise teacher knows to expect the unexpected. Sick days. Quarantine. Mental health days. Chances are you may need to take a day away from the classroom this year! Be prepared for the unexpected and take the stress out of substitute lesson prep with these ideas for...

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Seasonal and Holiday Projects for 2nd Graders

Seasonal and Holiday Projects for 2nd Graders

With so many subjects and skills to teach, it can sometimes be a struggle to squeeze in high-quality science and social studies instruction. We get it! That’s why we created the Monthly and Seasonal Projects All Year Bundle. Teachers love this bundle as a way to...

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No Prep Daily Phonics Review in 2nd Grade

No Prep Daily Phonics Review in 2nd Grade

It's that time of year again! The back to school buzz is in the air. Teachers are figuring out their schedules, setting up their oh-so-cozy classrooms and prepping academic activities to keep their students learning and engaged. One academic area of great importance...

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September Math Centers for 1st & 2nd Grade

September Math Centers for 1st & 2nd Grade

September is an exciting time! Some of us are just beginning the school year while others are really getting into the swing of things. Either way, we have some great math centers for back-to-school. The September math centers are focused on skills your students...

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Reading Centers for 2nd Grade

Reading Centers for 2nd Grade

Back to school time is here! That means it's time to plan all the things! One thing we know teachers work extra hard to do to create engaging and meaningful independent tasks for their students. (If students are engaged and working independently, teachers get to work...

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Free Daily Phonics Activities for 2nd Grade

Free Daily Phonics Activities for 2nd Grade

Phonics is a subject area that can be challenging to keep engaging and entertaining for students. Students often need to complete phonics activities independently while teachers run small groups. Lucky Little Learners has a nice library of phonics and literacy...

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