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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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Social Emotional Learning Curriculum for 1st and 2nd Grade

Social Emotional Learning Curriculum for 1st and 2nd Grade

Elementary teachers know that addressing a child’s social emotional needs in the classroom is an essential part of a well-balanced learning experience. After all, the ability to focus, manage emotions, and treat others with respect plays a large role in a child’s...

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How to Support Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom

How to Support Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom

These days it’s more apparent than ever that social and emotional learning (SEL) is an essential part of a child’s physical and mental health, as well as academic achievement. Teachers agree that weaving SEL instruction into daily classroom routines is an important...

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Digital Toothy on Seesaw – How to Assign

Digital Toothy on Seesaw – How to Assign

Teachers are loving that they can assign Digital Toothy on Seesaw! This post walks you through, step by step, how to assign Digital Toothy on Seesaw. There is a video tutorial and a written tutorial for you below. Disclaimer: The directions below are given for...

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2nd Grade Math Worksheets – No Prep!

2nd Grade Math Worksheets – No Prep!

Do you need some printable (or digital) 2nd grade math worksheets? Look not further! Lucky Little Learners has math worksheets for addition, subtraction, place value, money, time, measurement, rounding, graphing, and more! Check them out below! These math worksheets...

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4 Easy to Implement Reading Comprehension Strategies

4 Easy to Implement Reading Comprehension Strategies

What are the best ways to support students who struggle with reading comprehension? The answer is not always straightforward, because one tool may work really well for one student, while something totally different works best for another! Honestly, sometimes the key...

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Last Minute Student Gift Ideas

Last Minute Student Gift Ideas

Tis' the season...for grading, writing report cards, creating parent gifts, making all the art, AND spreading kindness and cheer. One way teachers do this is giving a student gift. While this is not a requirement, it is FUN! Below you will find several ideas for easy,...

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How to Print Poster-Sized Anchor Charts

How to Print Poster-Sized Anchor Charts

Do you have some PDF resources that would make fantastic anchor charts? But, you’ve never actually made them into charts - because that would require some serious art skills (and time!!)  Well, did you know that it's possible (and super quick!) to print your...

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A New Way to Use Digital Literacy Centers

A New Way to Use Digital Literacy Centers

Literacy centers are a fantastic way to keep our students practicing phonics, grammar, reading, and writing skills. They’re creative and FUN - and with all the awesome digital options, kids are engaged more than ever during center time!  But, with so many...

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Jamboard Ideas and Activities for Teachers

Jamboard Ideas and Activities for Teachers

Teachers and students are experimenting with TONS of websites, platforms, games and apps during this season of distance learning. Throughout all of this, one platform seems to be finding its way to the top of many teachers' favorite tech tool lists. What is this...

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Christmas in the Classroom: Ideas for ELA and Math

Christmas in the Classroom: Ideas for ELA and Math

Children’s’ eyes light up during the holiday season - especially when they get to engage in special holiday activities at school. But, these days, many teachers are feeling the pressure to continue with regular standards-based instruction.  Guess what? You can...

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Google Sheets Tips for Teachers

Google Sheets Tips for Teachers

Have you discovered the power of Google Sheets in your classroom? Google Sheets is one of my favorite yet often under-utilized products in Google Suite for Education. Check out some of these Google Sheets Tips for Teachers to get you started using Sheets! Change the...

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Digital Math and Literacy Centers on SeeSaw

Digital Math and Literacy Centers on SeeSaw

Using digital Math and Literacy centers with your lucky little learners helps them practice skills related to reading, writing, number sense, basic skills, and more! How can you make your digital Math and Literacy centers even more engaging for your students? Add them...

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Using the Q&A Feature on Google Slides

Using the Q&A Feature on Google Slides

Google Slides has a feature that makes it easy for you to get responses from every student in your class, even the ones that struggle to speak out. The Q&A feature on Google Slides has so many practical uses for students, even in primary grades. Here's how to get...

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Activities for Practicing Two-Digit Addition

Activities for Practicing Two-Digit Addition

Two-digit addition is a tough concept for second graders. All of a sudden, there are multiple steps and numbers to keep straight, and the concept of addition can go from simple to complicated when kids are first learning this skill.  For this reason, students...

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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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