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Black History Books for Children

Black History Books for Children

Including classroom books that represent and celebrate Black history is essential for fostering inclusivity, understanding, and respect among students. If you're looking to expand your collection, be sure to explore our top picks for black history books for children,...

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Children's Books for Celebrating Hispanic Culture

Children's Books for Celebrating Hispanic Culture

Hola, teachers! Are you looking to add diversity to your classroom library and read aloud collections? Today, we want to embrace and honor the rich and vibrant Hispanic American culture. Here's a list of our favorite children's books on Hispanic culture, perfect for...

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Children's Books for Celebrating Asian American Culture

Children's Books for Celebrating Asian American Culture

Bring diversity to your classroom library and read alouds by highlighting the rich traditions, histories, and contributions of Asian Americans. Here's a list of our favorite Asian American read aloud books for celebrating this culture in primary classrooms. 1- I Am...

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1st & 2nd Grade Friendly Reader's Theater Scripts

1st & 2nd Grade Friendly Reader's Theater Scripts

Are you or your students feeling restless or bored of the same old phonics routine, but you fear skills will be lost if you try something new? We've got good news for you! There is a new phonics routine that practices phonics, decoding, fluency and even comprehension!...

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Celebrate the Extra Day: Leap Year Classroom Activities

Celebrate the Extra Day: Leap Year Classroom Activities

The gift of an extra day is coming your way! Yep, that's right – every four years, we get a bonus day on February 29th. Why let this special day pass by without some classroom fun and learning? In this blog post, we've got the whole day planned, from morning work to...

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Beyond Flashcards: 9 Creative Ways to Use Phonics Cards

Beyond Flashcards: 9 Creative Ways to Use Phonics Cards

Do you use phonics cards to teach spelling patterns? If so, great news! You're aligning with the latest research on effective phonics instruction. SOR-aligned instruction uses phonics cards to help students establish connections between letters and the specific sounds...

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9 Principles for Syllable Division

9 Principles for Syllable Division

By now you have surely heard about the importance of teaching syllables to your young learners. If not, read why right here. However, keeping students engaged in the process of syllable division can be difficult. Teaching syllable breaks is vital to students being...

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Fresh Ideas to Teach Similes and Metaphors

Fresh Ideas to Teach Similes and Metaphors

Teaching is like a roller coaster. Some days you're up, some days you're down. But when it comes to teaching figurative language like similes and metaphors, there's no need to spiral out! When you use these ideas to teach similes and metaphors in your classroom, your...

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Homophone How-To for 2nd Grade

Homophone How-To for 2nd Grade

Have you found yourself in a homophones teaching funk? Are your students just not understanding this important grammar skill? If so, keep reading this post set up as a "homophone how to for 2nd grade", to learn tips, tricks and strategies to launch you and your...

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Teaching Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

Teaching Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

Do you remember memorizing a list of prepositions in grade school? Believe it or not, native English speakers already have a strong understanding of prepositions and prepositional phrases. They are a common part of our everyday language, and play an important role in...

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Verb Tenses

Verb Tenses

By now, your learners have mastered the basic parts of a sentence. As their writing skills continue to grow, they will need to know how to write stories, and reports that tell what happened in the past, present, or future. Let's dive into verb tenses! What is verb...

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15 Fall Read Alouds for 1st & 2nd Graders

15 Fall Read Alouds for 1st & 2nd Graders

Gather around, grab a warm blanket, and bring the wonders of the most colorful season into your1st or 2nd grade classroom! We've got all the autumn themes covered with these 15 kid and teacher-favorite fall read alouds. Jump to your favorite fall theme Fall Leaves...

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The Great 1st Grade Grammar Review!

The Great 1st Grade Grammar Review!

Who needs a great grammar review strategy? Maybe you're a 1st grade teacher who is checking off all the grammar standards. Or maybe you're a 2nd grade teacher reviewing to get your students ready to kick off the new school year. Or maybe you are a teacher who has...

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Teaching Shades of Meaning

Teaching Shades of Meaning

Hello there, you good, great, amazing, fantastic teacher! Are you looking for lesson plans and ideas to teach shades of meaning to your class? Look no further than this full, complete, comprehensive guide to teaching this skill to first and second grade students. What...

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Beginning Consonants Review for 1st Grade

Beginning Consonants Review for 1st Grade

POV: Summer is done, and a new group of students walks through your classroom door. You are excited to start fresh and get these lucky little learners as far as you can this year. However, when you begin your phonics lessons, you see that not all of your students...

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Last Day of School Read Aloud Ideas

Last Day of School Read Aloud Ideas

Believe it or not, the last day of school is approaching. Last day of school chaos is a real thing, and it can be hard to keep students engaged. Here's an idea: try a picture book with a corresponding activity to keep your little learners from running around the room...

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Teach Adverbs!

Teach Adverbs!

Adding adverbs can easily enhance your writing. It clearly expresses the action to the reader. To find out how to teach adverbs in your class today, keep reading! What is an Adverb? An adverb is a word that modifies a verb or an adjective. What does that mean, to...

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Classroom Easter Egg Hunt: Science of Reading Style!

Classroom Easter Egg Hunt: Science of Reading Style!

Teachers - are you on the hunt for engaging, yet purposeful Easter-themed activities? How about activities that not only bring the fun, but also tackle a standard or two? Exciting news! Our team has created an Easter themed activity that checks off all of these boxes....

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Let's Teach Kids About Nouns!

Let's Teach Kids About Nouns!

Nouns are everywhere! Nouns are one of the easiest (and most fun!) grammar concepts to teach. Because nouns are so concrete, students can really get hands-on with grammar in this unit. Keep reading to find out how to teach nouns in your elementary classroom. I) Songs...

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Fun Activities for Punctuation Practice

Fun Activities for Punctuation Practice

Hello there! Take a look around, and you'll see that punctuation is everywhere. Why is punctuation important? Without it, the reader will not know when to stop, pause, or give emphasis to certain parts of the text. Keep reading to find out how to teach punctuation to...

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Science of Reading Quick Wins for the Classroom

Science of Reading Quick Wins for the Classroom

By now you have heard the words, "Science of Reading" (SoR) uttered a time or two. If you have ever asked yourself, "Just what is SoR, and what are some quick and easy ways to get it into practice in my classroom?", then you are in the right spot! Check out our top...

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Fun Ways to Teach the 4 Types of Sentences

Fun Ways to Teach the 4 Types of Sentences

Are you teaching types of sentences? Look no further than Lucky Little Learners! We have the resources you need to teach the four different sentence types to your first and second grade students. Keep reading for anchor charts, hands-on activities and centers to teach...

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How to Teach Short Vowel Digraphs

How to Teach Short Vowel Digraphs

Short vowel digraphs are a phonics skill that takes practice and exposure for students to master. Surely your students have come up with the question, "What's the difference between the words read and read? " The words look the same, but sound different given the...

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Teaching Long Vowels

Teaching Long Vowels

Your students are growing as readers and writers. Introducing long vowel rules and spelling patterns is a natural next step in their reading journey. Keep reading for lessons, activities, and tips to teach long vowels in the second grade classroom. What are long...

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Tips for Teaching Inflectional Endings

Tips for Teaching Inflectional Endings

Inflectional endings may sound like a complex concept, but it's as easy as adding a few letters to the end of the word. When inflectional endings are added to the end of a word, they change the meaning or quality of the word. Let's take a look at how to teach...

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Teaching Kids About Consonant Blends and Digraphs

Teaching Kids About Consonant Blends and Digraphs

For young readers, blends and digraphs can trip them up while reading. What's up with that jumble of letters at the beginning of a word, anyway? In this post, we will take a closer look at consonant blends and digraphs, and how to teach them to second grade learners....

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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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Busy Binders For the Classroom

Busy Binders For the Classroom

Have you heard the buzz about "busy binders"? Even though most people may think of binders full of activities to keep little ones busy in the car, did you know busy binders are an amazing resource for the classroom as well? This post will take a look at ideas for what...

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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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Teaching Commas in 2nd Grade

Teaching Commas in 2nd Grade

I always get a chuckle out of the "Punctuation saves lives" memes and signs. They usually go something like this: Let's eat, Grandpa! Let's eat Grandpa. It may seem silly, but it is a great example of why proper use of commas in a sentence can make all the difference!...

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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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Quick Guide to Understanding Reading Levels

Quick Guide to Understanding Reading Levels

With so many different types of reading assessments and leveling systems, it can be hard to keep track of which books are just right for your growing readers. Let's take a look at some of the reading level systems to get a better understanding of each, and how they...

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11 Patriot Day Books for the Elementary Classroom

11 Patriot Day Books for the Elementary Classroom

On Patriot Day, we honor and remember the people who lost their lives in the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. We also honor the first responders who risked their lives to help others on that day and beyond. This collection of picture book...

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Beginning of the Year Writing Mini Lessons

Beginning of the Year Writing Mini Lessons

Are you sitting there thinking, "how do I even begin with writing?" For years writing instruction felt like a weakness for me. Maybe it feels like that for you too. If so, let's fix that! In this post, we're talking about simple writing mini lessons that get your...

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Spiral ELA Review Routine Ideas

Spiral ELA Review Routine Ideas

A great way to review skills is to have them spiral throughout the school year. Team Lucky Little Learners has the perfect resource for this, our Spiral ELA Review. Read on for the why and how on using this resource. Benefits of using Spiral ELA Review As teachers we...

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An Easy Way To Set Up Writing Goals In 2nd Grade

An Easy Way To Set Up Writing Goals In 2nd Grade

Teaching 2nd grade writing is SO rewarding because you get to see great writers emerge throughout the year. At the beginning of the year, you're going to find that your students are all over the ability map. Some may still be mastering letter formation while others...

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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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