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Category: Phonics
Tips and Tricks for Teaching Short Vowels

Tips and Tricks for Teaching Short Vowels

Teaching short vowels is a fundamental early literacy skill that students will continue to build on in second grade. Keep reading for lessons, activities, and tips to teach short vowels in the second grade classroom. What are short vowels? The short vowel sound of...

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Science of Reading: Easy At Home Phonics Practice

Science of Reading: Easy At Home Phonics Practice

The Science of Reading (SoR) is THE hot topic in literacy. SoR is not another one of those educational fads that will come in and out. It is years of extensive research that proves which pedagogical methods and practices are effective in teaching students to read. Now...

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How to Teach Silent Letters

How to Teach Silent Letters

Do your students know how to read and write silent letter words? There's no doubt that your students will master this fascinating fact of the English Language with these silent letter teaching tips and highlights! This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. What is a...

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How to Teach an Explicit Phonics Lesson

How to Teach an Explicit Phonics Lesson

New and experienced teachers alike are diving deep into explicit phonics instruction. According to one of our Lucky 2nd grade teachers, "I am learning that explicit phonics instruction is important but it's SO much - it's going to take me hours to plan and prepare -...

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5 Creative Ways to Teach Diphthongs

5 Creative Ways to Teach Diphthongs

There are few phonics words that will elicit more giggles in the classroom than diphthongs. But what exactly is a diphthong, and why is it important for students to learn? Keep reading for resources and strategies to teach this essential phonics skill. What are...

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Using Phonics Ladders in the Classroom

Using Phonics Ladders in the Classroom

Looking for a new way to introduce or reinforce phonics skills in the classroom? Look no further than our Phonics Ladders. This activity will have students climbing their way to phonics success! What are Phonics Ladders? Also known as word chains or word ladders, they...

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ABC Order: An Important Skill for 2nd Grade

ABC Order: An Important Skill for 2nd Grade

Your second grade students have been singing their ABCs since they were toddlers. Now that they are growing readers and writers, teaching ABC order is an important literacy and life skill. Did you know that when kids can alphabetize words, they not only improve...

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The Impact of English Word Origins on Modern Spelling

The Impact of English Word Origins on Modern Spelling

The English language is filled with some delightful sounding words. Melody. Precipitation. Choreography. Surprise - these words originated from other languages! Many of the words in our contemporary English language are influenced by centuries of oral and written...

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15 Fun Literacy Activities For 2nd Grade

15 Fun Literacy Activities For 2nd Grade

We all know there are SO many ways to engage students in literacy lessons. This post is a round up of our favorite fun literacy activities for 2nd grade. AND we wanted to show you exactly how to do these activities, so read on for a look into a fun literacy classroom!...

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