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27 Things They Didn’t Teach Teachers In College

27 Things They Didn’t Teach Teachers In College

I will never forget my first year of teaching. I remember having many moments that left me thinking, "Gosh, I wish they would have told me THAT in college!" Over here at Lucky Little Learners, we are always striving to make the job of teachers easier. So, we reached...

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11 Amazon Organization Tools For Your Classroom

11 Amazon Organization Tools For Your Classroom

As a teacher, having an organized classroom is a must. Achieving this, however, can be super tough! With all of the paper, supplies, and learning resources necessary to do our jobs properly, keeping the classroom organized is usually a year-long struggle. However,...

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Ideas to Help with Blurting out in the Classroom

Ideas to Help with Blurting out in the Classroom

Your lucky little learners are ready to learn and share (usually verbally) all of their knowledge. Sometimes, these facts and figures are ready to pop out of their mouths at anytime. Blurting can be a big problem in the primary grades. It’s so important to teach your...

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How to Teach Honesty in the Classroom

How to Teach Honesty in the Classroom

Let’s be honest. Teaching students how to tell the truth isn’t as easy as it sounds. Honesty is more than just avoiding lying. Honesty also includes integrity and using open communication at home and school. These are definitely skills students need to practice from...

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How to Teach Responsibility in the Classroom

How to Teach Responsibility in the Classroom

"Be responsible" is a phrase that teachers often tell their students. How do you teach them the skills necessary to show their own responsibility? From staying on task, being organized, and doing their job of being a student well, it’s so important that teachers focus...

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How to Teach Respect in the Classroom

How to Teach Respect in the Classroom

Character education and social emotional learning is just as important (if not more so) as academics for our lucky little learners. The problem most teachers encounter is how to fit it all in! You’re responsible for getting them to pass tests, teaching them to read,...

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Fall Math Centers

Fall Math Centers

It's officially fall so it's time to bust out those October and November Math Centers, friends! Yep, grab them out of of your file cabinet or tote and get them into your students' hands. Let's walk through the centers for the month! Below there are examples from both...

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Ways to Build Relationships with Students

Ways to Build Relationships with Students

Your job is so important! As a first or second grade teacher, you make engaging lessons, show up for your students every day, and communicate with parents. You set up your classroom to make sure your students learn and grow. You differentiate instruction to make sure...

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Social Emotional Learning – Why Now?

Social Emotional Learning – Why Now?

Social emotional learning is a hot topic in schools today and if you're a teacher you are probably thinking to yourself, "Why now?" Teachers already have a ton of things to teach, do they really need to add another thing to their plate and the answer is yes but here's...

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The Top Social Emotional Learning Books for Kids

The Top Social Emotional Learning Books for Kids

Social emotional learning books should be a requirement in every classroom. Children love read alouds and when an important life skill can be incorporated with a good story-this is when the magic happens! Social emotional learning is the process in which kids are...

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Tips to Creating a Healthy Classroom Environment

Tips to Creating a Healthy Classroom Environment

A classroom is more than just a place where students go to learn the academics. A classroom is an environment that teachers create to transform the whole child both academically and emotionally. It's a place where students learn manners, respect, responsibility, how...

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Prepping for Back to School

Prepping for Back to School

As the new school year approaches, the mind starts to think about things like classroom set up, open house ideas, new systems to put into place, ways to improve classroom management, and that first week of lessons. Prepping for back to school can be daunting but...

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Math Centers FAQ’s & Answers

Math Centers FAQ’s & Answers

This post highlights all the math centers FAQ's and Answers that are asked often. Don't see your question answered? Comment on the post and I will get it added! FAQ'S & ANSWERS Do you correct the center activities? Short answer, no.  Feel better?  But...

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Math Schedule

Math Schedule

Let's talk about the math schedule.  The key focus when planning a math block is that the schedule and time is consistent.    The example given below shows a 75 minute math block.  Teachers are flexible and have to get creative.  If you have...

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Math Center Activities

Math Center Activities

Math centers are a very important part of the math block but you must have enough math center activities to keep your students engaged all year. The math center activities should be fairly independent and it's ideal if they are hands-on, engaging, and self-correcting...

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How to Launch Math Centers

How to Launch Math Centers

When launching math centers, it's important to get this right.  Whether you are launching math centers at the beginning of the school year or even mid-year, it is essential that you go through the necessary steps to lay the foundation for a successful math center...

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How to Set Up Math Centers

How to Set Up Math Centers

Math centers set up is a very important piece of a successful math centers time. Questions to consider would be the following. Are the materials organized in a way that easy for the students to understand? Does everything have an intentional place for organization? Do...

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How to Organize Math Centers

How to Organize Math Centers

Teaching math in the primary grades involves a lot of math tools.  The key to effective center planning is top notch math center organization of all your materials. This post contains affiliate links for Amazon. By purchasing an item on the Amazon site using...

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Flexible Groups

Flexible Groups

Math center groups need to be flexible groups. Once a student has been placed in a group, this does not determine their ability level in math for the rest of the year. In fact, teachers should be looking at the data and moving students around regularly. Flexible...

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Classroom Set Up

Classroom Set Up

A good classroom set up is going to feel like each group has enough space to complete their task. Materials are going to have a designated spot. The flow of traffic is not going to be too crowded or too open. Keep Small Groups in Mind When designing your classroom,...

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Reflection Time

Reflection Time

One of the most common concerns teachers have about math centers is the management piece.  Besides visual timers, visual groups on display, consistent center activities, and an official attention getter/signal, the other important component for students is...

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Digital Spelling Practice

Digital Spelling Practice

Do you find yourself looking for ways to spice up your word work stations and/or spelling practice in your classroom or while distance learning? Better yet...are you looking for ways to do this WITHOUT having to prep ANYTHING? Digital Spelling and Word Work activities...

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Digital Reading Task Cards

Digital Reading Task Cards

Digital Toothy ® Task Cards are a fun option to practice and review reading concepts using a device. Devices that are compatible with this digital resource are iPads™, Chromebooks™, laptops, and desktop computers. Digital Toothy Task cards do work with Google...

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Digital Phonics Passages

Digital Phonics Passages

Phonics mats with reading passages are designed with a focus on individual phonics patterns. The printable version is a NO PREP, PRINT & GO, perfect option for 2nd grade students who need a practical and applicable way to practice their phonics skills within a...

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Digital Grammar Task Cards

Digital Grammar Task Cards

Digital Toothy ® Task Cards are a fun option to practice and review grammar concepts using a device. Devices that are compatible with this digital resource are iPads™, Chromebooks™, laptops, and desktop computers.  Digital Toothy Task cards do work with Google...

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Digital Phonics Task Cards

Digital Phonics Task Cards

Digital Toothy ® Task Cards are a fun option to practice and review phonics concepts using a device. Devices that are compatible with this digital resource are iPads™, Chromebooks™, laptops, and desktop computers. There are 70+ different phonics sets included in this...

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Digital Math Task Cards

Digital Math Task Cards

Digital Toothy ® Task Cards are a fun option to practice and review math concepts using a device. Devices that are compatible with this digital resource are iPads™, Chromebooks™, laptops, and desktop computers. This free set is basic addition. It includes 24 different...

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Digital Sentence Fixers

Digital Sentence Fixers

Do your students struggle with writing sentences correctly? Punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar rules can be tricky. Sentence fixers provided a targeted set of skills that are practiced on each sheet. Sentence fixers are a practical, no prep way for...

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Ways to Boost Morale in your School

Ways to Boost Morale in your School

Those darn teacher blues...you know what I'm talking about! There are just certain times of the year where the morale in your school seems low and everyone needs a little boost. Here are some ideas that the teachers from the Lucky 2nd Grade Teachers Facebook Group...

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7 Ways to Use Task Cards

7 Ways to Use Task Cards

Task cards are becoming a widely used instructional and practice tool in classrooms all over the world. They are versatile, great for centers or interventions, can be used as an early finisher activity, and even sub plans. But how exactly can task cards be used in the...

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Using Exit Tickets to Differentiate Instruction

Using Exit Tickets to Differentiate Instruction

Exit tickets are a snapshot for the teacher to gain quick understanding of exactly where each student is at when it comes to mastery of a skill. Exit tickets are a great tool to use to determine the pathway of instruction. They can also be used to help group students...

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Leprechaun Traps in the Classroom

Leprechaun Traps in the Classroom

It's March which means it's time to start thinking about some leprechaun fun! In my classroom we've built leprechaun traps. I am going to walk you through what we do on the day of the actual building of these traps. (Keep scrolling for freebie link) Send home a parent...

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2nd Grade Reading Toothy

2nd Grade Reading Toothy

2nd Grade Reading Toothy is proving to be a huge hit with 2nd grade teachers and students all over the world! This post will break down exactly what's included in each set, how to prep, and how to implement these task kits in your classroom. 2nd Grade Reading Toothy...

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Teaching Main Idea and Details

Teaching Main Idea and Details

Teaching Main idea and details can be a very tricky concept for students to master. To assume this can be taught through cute graphic organizers would be very ineffective. Scaffolded instruction is the key. Here are some ideas to accomplish student mastery....

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DIY Mini Anchor Chart Stand

DIY Mini Anchor Chart Stand

Do you ever wish you had another set of hands at your guided reading or guided math table? DIY Mini Anchor Chart Stands are the answer. These are great for holding visuals, directions, anchor charts, vocabulary cards, or an example of a task the students need to...

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Must-Do, May-Do

Must-Do, May-Do

One of the things teachers often struggle with is the idea of teaching small groups.  Even if a teacher knows exactly what to do within the groups, there is the lingering question of “What are the other students doing while I am meeting with small groups?”.  This is...

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Christmas Door Decorations

Christmas Door Decorations

Sometimes the hardest part of Christmas door decorations is figuring out the idea.  The Lucky 2nd Grade Teachers Facebook Group has shared their ideas to help make your Christmas door decoration planning easy peasy this holiday season.  Below you will find plenty of...

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Math Puzzles in the Classroom

Math Puzzles in the Classroom

Teachers are always looking for ways for their students to practice math skills.  Math puzzles are a great option because they are engaging, independent, self-correcting, and easy to prep. What are Math Puzzles Math puzzles are a hands on option for students to...

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CUBES Math Strategy

CUBES Math Strategy

Students seem to see a story problem and freeze.  Story problems prove to be a tough concept for students to grasp.  The CUBES math strategy is a great tool for students to have to help successfully solve story problems. What is the CUBES Math Strategy The...

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Place Value Activities

Place Value Activities

You and I both know how important it is to teach students to have a strong number sense and solid understanding of place value. This freebie is loaded with activities that will help you and your students! Place Value Goodies... Free Place Value ActivitiesFree Place...

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Vocabulary Activities

Vocabulary Activities

Are you required to teach a list of vocabulary words each week? Vocabulary words are a very important piece of teaching students to read.  Learning and mastering essential vocabulary words can be achieved through vocabulary graphic organizers, vocabulary...

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Math Facts Practice for 1st and 2nd Grade

Math Facts Practice for 1st and 2nd Grade

Say goodbye to timed tests that stress out students and teachers! No more correcting, no more copies, no more stress.  It's time to find an appropriate way for your students to practice math facts and I think you're going to like what I have discovered. What is Sticky...

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25 Teacher Hacks for a Successful Classroom

25 Teacher Hacks for a Successful Classroom

Teaching is tough but so are you.  Teacher hacks can be life and time savers so the teachers from the Lucky 2nd Grade Teachers Facebook Group came up with a list of 25 teacher hacks that you must be aware of because they are going to make your life so much...

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Videos that Teach Graphing

Videos that Teach Graphing

Graphing in 1st grade and 2nd grade doesn't have to be boring or tricky.  Yes, there are a lot of concepts to teach within graphing but it can be accomplished successfully with the help of math videos that teach graphing.  I like to use these videos as an introduction...

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Videos that Teach Time

Videos that Teach Time

Teaching time does not have to be hard!  Introduce concepts such as time to the hour, time to the half hour, time to the nearest 5 minutes, and much more through the use of math videos.  We have put together a list of fun, appropriate, and informative math videos that...

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Videos that Teach Money

Videos that Teach Money

Teaching students about the concept of money can be overwhelming.  Coin identification, values, and sums can all be introduced through a variety of fun, appropriate, and informative math videos that teach money.  We have compiled a list of kid-friendly...

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Videos that Teach Subtraction

Videos that Teach Subtraction

Introducing students to the concept of subtraction can be fun and interesting!  We have compiled a list of videos that teach subtraction that are both informative and appropriate for students.  Enjoy! Subtraction for Kids | Classroom Edition for 1st &...

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Amazon Prime Day Deals and Steals

Amazon Prime Day Deals and Steals

Are you a teacher looking for the best Amazon Prime Day deals and steals for your classroom?  If so, you are in the right place!  We are keeping an extra close eye on it all so you don't miss out on anything!  Before we go any further, here are some must-know tips!...

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Classroom Management with Brag Tags

Classroom Management with Brag Tags

Classroom management does not have to be hard, negative, high maintenance, or expensive.  So often teachers go home tired, crabby, and frustrated with how their students behaved during the school day.  Say goodbye to this!  Brag tags can be a complete game changer in...

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The Secret to a Spotless Classroom

The Secret to a Spotless Classroom

Teachers love a spotless classroom but that doesn't mean that can only be achieved through constant cleaning by the teacher.  There's a huge secret to achieving a spotless classroom and it requires little to no effort! The Typical (and NORMAL) Classroom First of all,...

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