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Classroom Library Organization Ideas

Classroom Library Organization Ideas

Are you ready to learn the BEST way to organize your classroom library? Here’s a little secret: there’s no right or wrong way to do it! No two classrooms are the same, and every teacher has different goals and needs. Experiment to find the system that works best for...

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Let’s Talk About the Classroom Sound Wall

Let’s Talk About the Classroom Sound Wall

Buzz words come and go in education. A phrase that's all over online teacher groups and making headlines right now is the "science of reading" or SoR. This post from Heggerty has a TON of amazing resources if you’d like to learn more about SoR. We all want to be the...

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Grammar Center Activities for 2nd Grade

Grammar Center Activities for 2nd Grade

Grammar: A subject area that can be hard to keep engaging. Good news though! Lucky Little Learners has over 40 standards-based grammar center activities available to keep that grammar slump away! Read below to find out how our grammar center activities keep kids...

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Free No Prep Spelling Worksheets

Free No Prep Spelling Worksheets

Do you find yourself looking for ways to spice up the word workstations and/or spelling practice in your classroom? Better yet...are you looking for ways to do this without having to prep anything? Our spelling activities are the perfect solution. Try out our...

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Free Grammar Toothy Activity!

Free Grammar Toothy Activity!

When it comes time to teach grammar, many teachers feel frustrated. They plan tons of grammar activities in hopes of making the concepts stick, but find grammar activities are often dull and uninteresting for kids. If this sounds familiar, you're in luck! We have the...

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How to Use Directed Drawings in the Classroom

How to Use Directed Drawings in the Classroom

Have you tried directed drawings with your students yet? They are a really fun way to work on following directions, fine motor skills, stamina, and focus. Additionally, most kids love drawing!  Despite our best efforts, there are always students in our class who...

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No Prep 2nd Grade Writing Prompts

No Prep 2nd Grade Writing Prompts

Do your students look at you and say, “I don’t know what to write!” or “I have nothing to write!”? Here at Lucky Little Learners, we've got quite a few great ideas for helping students develop into great writers. A resource we love? These 2nd grade writing prompts!...

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Summer Reading List for Teachers

Summer Reading List for Teachers

Summer is here and it's time to curl up with a nice book- or two or three! Our awesome community of teachers on Facebook had some great ideas for reading material. We've compiled a summer reading list of everything on the spectrum from professional development to fun...

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Phonics Centers for Second Grade

Phonics Centers for Second Grade

Are you tired of searching for engaging phonics centers? This bundle is your answer! These phonics centers for second grade are so versatile! They work perfectly for independent centers, small/intervention groups, and fast finishers. It is easy to implement phonics...

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Free Phonics Toothy Games

Free Phonics Toothy Games

Phonics is such a key component for the little learners in our classrooms. We know that when students are given plenty of phonics instruction and practice they are better able to decode and spell. In addition, a strong grasp of phonics leads to significant improvement...

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Free Phonics Worksheets

Free Phonics Worksheets

Lucky Little Learners has a product that is perfect for helping students learn those all-important phonics sounds: Phonics Mats. AND...you can try them for FREE! Keep reading to snag your set of free phonics worksheets! What's the best way to teach the numerous...

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The Lucky Little Teacher Toolkit

The Lucky Little Teacher Toolkit

Digging through stacks of anchor charts and messy little desks for reference materials is exhausting! The Lucky Little Toolkit has all the tools your students will need. It is a great option for BOTH classroom and distance learning. Think of it like a binder that has...

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Last Week of School Activities

Last Week of School Activities

Phew! The wildest school year is coming to a close. As we wind down it’s time to get some fun last week of school activities planned to celebrate making it through the chaos. Here’s a quick reference list to get the idea juices flowing. When possible there are...

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Best Read Alouds for 2nd Grade

Best Read Alouds for 2nd Grade

We know that reading aloud is crucial to literacy in the classroom. Whether through novel studies or engaging picture books these help us teach our students those literacy standards that are going to help them learn and grow! So, we created a "best read alouds for 2nd...

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Vocabulary & Context Clues Second Grade Reading Passages

Vocabulary & Context Clues Second Grade Reading Passages

Have you checked out the Second-Grade Reading Passages Bundle? The newest additions to this fantastic collection of reading passages focus on using context clues to determine the meaning of new vocabulary words.  As students move through second grade they begin...

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Top Teaching Strategies: Story Structure

Top Teaching Strategies: Story Structure

The time has come to teach story structure! This can be a FUN and engaging comprehension skill to teach! Plus, teaching this skill helps with reading comprehension, close reading skills and story writing skills! What is story structure? Story structure is how a story...

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Free Sight Word Activities

Free Sight Word Activities

Sight words make up 50%-75% of the words in children's books. Wow! No wonder they are important for kids to know. Sight words are words that children need to memorize. Typically, they are not words that can be "sounded out" but instead must be learned by sight....

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No Prep Daily Grammar Practice in 2nd Grade

No Prep Daily Grammar Practice in 2nd Grade

Squeezing in daily grammar practice can be a struggle for teachers. Ideally, grammar skills should be practiced every day. This allows the students to retain the information and skills they are learning. Grammar Day by Day is a great option for teachers who want...

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Introducing Our New Early Finisher Packets

Introducing Our New Early Finisher Packets

Whenever it comes to our speedy students who finish early we are always looking for a way to help them keep learning. Whether you want to bulk up your activities for early finishers or have a great packet for summer review, this bundle of resources will help keep your...

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Tips For Teaching Point of View

Tips For Teaching Point of View

Point of view is a skill that can be viewed as overwhelming. How can you make sure your students retain the standard all while having fun? We've got tips for teaching, practicing, and assessing point of view that will make this concept simplified for you and your...

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End of the Year Memory Book

End of the Year Memory Book

We made it! Let’s say it louder because, after the hurricane of chaos that we all experienced in 2020, it’s deserved. WE MADE IT! This year has been the toughest year that many of us have experienced as educators. So, let’s end the year on a high note. What better way...

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Top Teaching Strategies: Nonfiction Text Structure

Top Teaching Strategies: Nonfiction Text Structure

Trying to spice up your reading instruction by using more nonfiction? Instruction in nonfiction can be the missing piece for many readers. One skill to work on is Nonfiction Text Structures! Why teach this skill? Teaching nonfiction text structure helps readers set a...

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Earth Day Classroom Transformation!

Earth Day Classroom Transformation!

What a school year! It is hard to believe Earth Day (April 22nd) is already approaching! Earth day can be a fun day in the classroom. One way to make it even more fun - an Earth Day Classroom Transformation! Bring this important holiday to life by turning your...

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Teaching Sequencing

Teaching Sequencing

Sequencing may seem obvious to adults but for young students, it can be challenging to master. Teaching sequencing is vital because sequencing taps into higher-order thinking skills and helps our students more fully comprehend what they are reading. As our little...

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Teaching Summarizing With Fiction

Teaching Summarizing With Fiction

When it comes to teaching summarizing, we often find our students looking at us with blank stares. Summarization is a literacy skill we use for every stage of our educational journey, but how can we teach summarizing in a way that our students truly understand it?...

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2nd Grade ELA Activities Round-Up

2nd Grade ELA Activities Round-Up

Looking for some fun 2nd grade ELA activities that work on important skills and keep your students engaged? Look no further! Here’s a roundup of some of our great bundles and activity packs to incorporate into your reading and writing block. These resources are sure...

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Set Your Sights on These Sight Words Activities

Set Your Sights on These Sight Words Activities

When it comes to sight words, we all pour over all the latest Pinterest activities to make centers or lessons really come alive and pop! Why? Because we know that sight words are crucial to growing our student's comprehension and fluency rates. So, while we know it's...

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Inferencing Center Ideas

Inferencing Center Ideas

Teaching students to make inferences can be a chore but it doesn’t have to be! There are some seriously fun ways to introduce and practice the important comprehension skill of inferencing. Below is a list of both low prep activities and some that require a bit of...

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Top Teaching Strategies: Making Inferences

Top Teaching Strategies: Making Inferences

Making inferences is an abstract skill. It requires students to take what they already know (in their schema, or what we like to call their 'mental filing cabinet') and add it to what they hear and see in a story to figure out what the author is NOT saying. It takes...

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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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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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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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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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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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