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10 Teacher Desk Organization Hacks

10 Teacher Desk Organization Hacks

Teachers start the beginning of the year with a super cute, ultra organized desk area. However, as we all know the days, weeks and months of the school year tend to add "debris" to this area. Having an organized system AND tools to keep this important classroom area...

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Decodable Text: How & When to Use It

Decodable Text: How & When to Use It

With all the chatter around Science of Reading, there’s a lot of new vocabulary being thrown around. Two of the topics you may be hearing about a lot are decodable text and leveled readers. So what are decodable texts and leveled readers? How and when do you use...

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5 Easy Mother’s Day Gifts to Make With 2nd Graders

5 Easy Mother’s Day Gifts to Make With 2nd Graders

Celebrate the wonderful women in your students' lives with quick and easy Mother's Day gifts to make in the classroom! The ideas for the five craftivities featured in this post were shared by creative teachers in our Lucky 2nd Grade Teachers Facebook Group. Best of...

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Classroom Restaurant  Transformation

Classroom Restaurant Transformation

Have you seen all the fun classroom transformation ideas floating around online teacher groups? The reason classroom transformations are so popular is they create lasting memories for the students (and teacher) and are a break from the day to day. They also offer a...

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Riddle Bags to Count Down the End of the Year

Riddle Bags to Count Down the End of the Year

Have you tried riddle bags to count down the end of the school year yet? This is one of the most fun and easy ways to celebrate the count down to the end of the school year! How do Riddle Bags Work? Each day when students arrive at school, a new riddle bag will be on...

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Everything 2nd Graders Need to Know About Verbs

Everything 2nd Graders Need to Know About Verbs

Teaching verbs in 2nd grade can be SUPER fun! There are so many engaging resources and activities that can be used to help students master this skill. Check out this post for engaging verbs resources that are meaningful and ready to use! What are Verbs? Let's start by...

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Build Fine Motor Skills With These 2nd Grade Activities

Build Fine Motor Skills With These 2nd Grade Activities

Messy handwriting. Difficulty drawing or coloring. Low stamina for typing. Frustration when cutting with scissors. Does this sound like one of your students? Fine motor skills play an important role in academic and personal success. What can teachers do if they...

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35 Opinion Writing Prompts for 2nd Grade

35 Opinion Writing Prompts for 2nd Grade

Truly, is there anything kids (and adults) like more than giving their opinion? Opinion (or persuasive) is some of my favorite writing to do with students because with engaging and kid-friendly opinion writing prompts, you can pull in even the most reluctant...

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How to Teach Heart Words

How to Teach Heart Words

I know you're here to learn how to teach heart words but before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to let's start with some basics. The term “heart words” is used to describe high-frequency words. They are words that we want our students to know by heart. If your...

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Spring Math Centers for 1st and 2nd grade

Spring Math Centers for 1st and 2nd grade

Spring is here! Time to freshen up your math centers with these fun, hands-on activities for 1st and 2nd grade learners. The end of the school year is just around the corner! Take time to switch up classroom math centers to strengthen math skills, supplement student...

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Teaching Addition & Subtraction Within 1,000

Teaching Addition & Subtraction Within 1,000

Addition & Subtraction are the biggest math concepts teachers cover in the primary grades. Read on to learn about our most loved strategies for teaching 2nd grade addition and subtraction. Addition Strategies Addition is almost always taught before subtraction....

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Teaching Narrative Writing: Introductions

Teaching Narrative Writing: Introductions

If you are a second grade teacher, at some point in the school year you are likely teaching kids about narrative writing. One of the hardest parts for kids when it comes to this type of writing is crafting a strong introduction. Stick with this post to find some great...

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Best Books for Teaching Phonics Skills

Best Books for Teaching Phonics Skills

When teaching phonics, teachers are always looking for new and engaging ideas. Are you ready for the newest idea from Lucky Little Learners? Using poems & picture books to aid in engagement, fluency and mastering phonics sounds. This post will share more about our...

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15 Earth Day Read Alouds and Activities for 2nd grade

15 Earth Day Read Alouds and Activities for 2nd grade

Taking care of our Earth is a big job. Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with these Earth Day read alouds and activities for the 2nd grade classroom. These lessons and activities make it easy to celebrate Earth Day every day! All About Earth These books take a look at...

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How to Teach Students to Read Multisyllabic Words

How to Teach Students to Read Multisyllabic Words

Multisyllabic words are intimidating. Even students who’ve received great phonics instruction can fall back into ineffective habits. This is things like guessing, relying on cues from pictures, or simply skipping the word. All of this has a big impact on comprehension...

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Teaching Pronouns in 2nd Grade

Teaching Pronouns in 2nd Grade

Here we are with another post to add to our grammar teaching post series! This time, the focus is on teaching kids pronouns! Kids usually are able to catch on to what nouns are pretty quickly, but pronouns can be a bit more difficult. Read on for tips & tricks to...

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Decoding Multisyllabic Words in 2nd Grade Text

Decoding Multisyllabic Words in 2nd Grade Text

By now, I hope you and your students are starting to feel confident about those decoding skills! I know I’ve said it before but decoding multisyllabic words can be such a big hurdle for our 2nd grade learners and beyond. This is the fourth post in the Decoding...

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Characters in Fiction Responding to a Challenge

Characters in Fiction Responding to a Challenge

Teaching students about characters in fiction stories can be really fun. There are so many creative ways to do this whether it be through readers theater, a deep character study or art. When looking at a character it is important to study how they respond to a...

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A Weekly Routine to Build Fluency Using Phonics Poems

A Weekly Routine to Build Fluency Using Phonics Poems

Are you ready for a new way to incorporate your weekly phonics sound into your lesson plans? Do you want it to be a routine kids will love and look forward to? How about if it lasts all week and builds fluency AND phonics skills at the same time? If this sounds too...

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Springtime Read Alouds and Activities

Springtime Read Alouds and Activities

Spring is in the air! We've got read alouds and activities to help you hop into spring. This season is filled with plenty of celebrations to weave into your everyday math and ELA lessons. Check out this list of favorite springtime read alouds and activities! This post...

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Twos Day Showcase

Twos Day Showcase

Twos Day was a big hit in the classroom this year! Whether teachers celebrated all things TWO on 2/2/22 or 2/22/22, the creative ideas were sure flowing. Check out these innovative ideas for Twos Day from teachers all across the world. Thank you to our teacher...

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Morning Meeting Conversations

Morning Meeting Conversations

Peer-to-peer sharing is a commonly used practice in elementary classrooms. Many teachers utilize "think-pair-share" or "turn and talk" during core classes. But what if encouraging student-to-student conversations in a relaxed way could improve student learning...

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Blending Routine for Multisyllabic Words

Blending Routine for Multisyllabic Words

Multisyllabic words are a big milestone for students. Supporting them as they become more skilled and confident is an important job and I know you’re up for the task! Luckily, there are short and effective routines we can add to each of our student’s toolboxes to help...

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An Easy Routine for Syllable Division

An Easy Routine for Syllable Division

So your students are cruising along confidently reading CVC, CCVC, CVCe words, and - Boom! They hit a multisyllabic wall. Before your students start getting into the habit of guessing, let’s build good habits and use syllable division to sound out words! With this...

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How to Introduce Vowel Teams Using a Sound Wall

How to Introduce Vowel Teams Using a Sound Wall

Ready to teach your students about vowel teams? Interested in learning how to teach vowel teams with the aid of a classroom sound wall? Here at Lucky Little Learners, we just so happen to have a sample lesson ready for you! So, grab a snack, sit back and read all...

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The Benefits of Social Learning Routines

The Benefits of Social Learning Routines

A lack of appropriate peer interaction has created a social development drought for some students.  The “normal” expectations of behavior have changed and it’s time for our instruction to change with it. Read on to find out how to use social learning routines to...

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How to Teach R Controlled Vowels

How to Teach R Controlled Vowels

Teaching sounds can be fun, especially when it comes to r-controlled vowels! These 3 sounds, spelled 5 different ways (ar, or, er, ir, ur) can be introduced and reviewed using several engaging strategies and resources. Read on for tips, tricks and jokes to make your...

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How to Introduce the 6 Syllable Types

How to Introduce the 6 Syllable Types

I equate teaching syllable types to learning the steps to a new recipe. Initially, I’ll look at the picture of the final product and think, “well, I can’t make that.” That’s how our struggling readers feel when they come upon multi-syllable words. “I can’t read that....

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14 Valentine’s Day Read Alouds and Activities

14 Valentine’s Day Read Alouds and Activities

This list of 14 Valentine's Day read alouds and activities are perfect for celebrating friendship and kindness in your classroom this February, or at any time of the year! Roses are red Violets are blue We love to read How about you? Here at Lucky Little Learners, we...

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Teaching Linking Verbs

Teaching Linking Verbs

When it comes to grammar, verbs are my absolute favorite to teach. There are so many ways to make them multi-sensory and fun. However, I am definitely guilty of spending more time on action verbs than the all too important linking verbs. What are Linking Verbs? Here’s...

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Mental Math Strategies and Resources

Mental Math Strategies and Resources

"Use your mental math strategies" is a phrase heard around the world in classrooms. But just what IS mental math? And how can students get confident in using it? Cozy up and keep reading to find some tried and true (teacher backed) strategies to get your little...

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Free Math Game – Counting Money

Free Math Game – Counting Money

Money, money, money! Looking for a new counting money game to reinforce coin counting skills? Look no further than the Money Math Toothy Game! In this fun math game, students will practice counting money in different amounts and arrangements. They'll be tallying up...

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Student Data Tracking Booklets for Math & Literacy

Student Data Tracking Booklets for Math & Literacy

Student data tracking is useful so teachers have the information needed to drive their plans for instruction. Similarly, it can drive student motivation when they track their own data. When tracking their data, students will take ownership of their learning. Academic...

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Two’s Day Freebies

Two’s Day Freebies

By now you may have heard talk about Two's Day. But just what IS Two's Day AND what cool activities are available for your students on this once in a teaching career day? Keep reading for more info on Two's Day, activity ideas, and Two's Day FREEBIES to make your...

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Spelling Activities for the Science of Reading Classroom

Spelling Activities for the Science of Reading Classroom

The Lucky Little Learners Spelling Activities pack is a wonderfully effective and flexible resource to add to your literacy block. It has no prep worksheets and centers. These can be used to combine your spelling routine with the science of reading. Spelling and...

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Science of Reading: Sample Literacy Block Schedule

Science of Reading: Sample Literacy Block Schedule

If you’re ready to dive into a science of reading (SoR) aligned curriculum and trying to figure out how to structure your literacy block this is the post for you. A daily science of reading schedule will vary based on student needs and age. This sample schedule is...

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Two’s Day (2/22/22) Ideas & Activities

Two’s Day (2/22/22) Ideas & Activities

We have all heard of the 100th day of school, and maybe even celebrated it in the classroom. However, 2nd grade teachers (and any grade, really) have an amazing once in a lifetime special school day this year. We are calling this day Two's Day! The date will be...

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Ideas to Engage Students After Winter Break

Ideas to Engage Students After Winter Break

If you're looking for ideas to engage students after winter break and beat the back-to-school "blahs," you're in the right place. For the first week back from winter break, we have a great list of post-holiday activities, lessons, and routines to welcome your students...

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How to Set Up a Small Group Literacy Binder

How to Set Up a Small Group Literacy Binder

Planning and organizing small group reading can be a challenge! Lucky for you, team Lucky Little Learners has all your reading small group needs covered with the Small Group & Intervention Literacy Kit! This post will walk you through the steps of setting up and...

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Resources to Teach The Science of Reading Components

Resources to Teach The Science of Reading Components

You know that Brady Bunch episode where Jan gets upset because she’s not getting the attention? She cries, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.” In my head, that’s what’s been happening the last few years in the world of literacy. Science of reading, or SOR, is on every reading...

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Creating a Comfortable Classroom

Creating a Comfortable Classroom

Ah, home sweet classroom! We see you, teacher. Hustling, working hard, caring, creating, and teaching with heart. Some days you spend more active hours at school than at home. Why not make your classroom a calming, comforting space for yourself? Try adding one of...

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How to Fix a Run-On Sentence

How to Fix a Run-On Sentence

You've assigned your students a writing prompt, but when you check on their writing process, you see the following: missing punctuation, no capitalization, and a jumble of words in need of organization! It's time to stop run-on sentences in their tracks! How can you...

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How To Use Mini Math Anchor Charts With Students

How To Use Mini Math Anchor Charts With Students

How’s math instruction going in your classroom? Second-grade math is a pretty mixed bag of abilities. Students are making the transition from a lot of concrete math instruction in Kindergarten and 1st grade into more challenging and abstract concepts. Plus… word...

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Using the Phases of Math Mastery to Plan for Small Groups

Using the Phases of Math Mastery to Plan for Small Groups

If your class is anything like mine you know that kids come in at all ability levels with gaps in a hundred different places within math domains. You might have a kid rocking the number and operations domain but working below grade level in algebraic thinking sitting...

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