Back to School. A time of year when teachers get all the feels. Excited to start a new year with new students. Nervous for that first day of school! Sadness watching the last few sunny summer days slip away. This year adds in a new level of feelings. Covid-19 has rocked the education world. Educators around the world are having to reorganize their classrooms, reboot their lessons and rethink their learning activities. In the name of safety, group activities and supply sharing are out and individual activities and supplies are in. How to still allow valuable (and oh so important) hands-on practice and keep it consistent? Let us introduce the Lucky Little Toolkit. This may be our favorite resource! What is the Lucky Little Toolkit and why should you use it? Let’s break it up to show you all the amazingness of this resource AND of course there is a freebie!
What is the toolkit?
This resource is a one stop shop for your students. It includes:
- Math-paper manipulative for hands-on practice (and germ free)
- ELA graphic organizers for whole group, small group or individual practice
- Math templates to practice problem solving
- Writing-prompts for the entire school year (2 per month) and several layouts for each prompt
- Math & ELA Anchor Charts
- Reading strategy bookmarks
- Black and white versions of everything
- Full color versions of everything
- Digital format available
- And MORE!
This resource is designed to travel with your students so whether you are in person, hybrid, or teaching virtually, your students will have all these resources with them! Teachers, with their own copy of the toolkit, can model activities, teach lessons, and lead discussions and each student will have their own resources to follow along. (No sharing of materials needed!)
Let’s look inside!
Included in this resource:
- Addition & Subtraction Mats
- Addition & Subtraction Strategy Anchor Charts
- Base Ten Blocks
- Before and After Mat
- Coin Identification Chart
- Comparing Numbers Mat
- Days of the Week
- Dice Cards
- Fact Families
- Fraction Mat
- Hundreds Chart & 120 Chart
- Money Mat
- Months of the Year
- Number Bond Mats
- Number Cards (with & without ten frames)
- Number Lines (open & closed)
- Number of the Day Activities
- Number Paths
- Number Spinners
- Number Words
- Part Part Whole Mat
- Pattern Blocks
- Pattern Anchor Chart
- Place Value Chips
- Place Value Mat
- Plus & Minus 1 & 10 Mat
- Shape Cards
- Ten Frames
- Unifix Cubes
- 5 Finger Rule Anchor Chart
- Close Reading Sheets
- Comprehension Bookmarks
- Comprehension Strategies Anchor Chart
- Reading Log
- ELA Spinners
- Grammar & Parts of Speech Anchor Chart
- Letter Formation
- “Magnetic” Letter Tiles
- Making Connections Anchor Chart
- Monthly Writing Prompts
- Open-Ended Reading Questions
- Phonics Sounds Charts
- Punctuation Anchor Chart
- Reading Apps List
- Reading Graphic Organizers
- Reading Journal Templates
- Reading Questions
- Sentence Checklist Anchor Chart
- Sight Words List
- Six Syllable Types Anchor Chart
- Sound Boxes
- Text Features Anchor Chart
- Types of Sentences Anchor Chart
- Word Attack Strategies Anchor Chart
- Writing Checklists
- Writing Organizers/Templates
- Writing Prompts
- Binder Covers
- Binder Section Dividers (editable file included)
- Binder Spine Labels
- Class Information Sheets (editable file included)
How to prep the toolkits?
Most teachers prepping this resource have been putting it into individual binders for their students, sectioning it into Math, ELA, and Writing sections, but folders would work great too!
Teachers in our Facebook group suggested putting two folders in the toolkit binder. In the folders (by subject) you would put worksheets/organizers to be used in the future. It would be very helpful to walk through everything in the binders with students during the first week of school. That way, during lessons, teachers can simply pull out the resource they wish to use and students will be able to quickly find it in their folders. If your school is starting face to face, you will have the luxury of teaching your students about the toolkit live, but it could easily be done virtually as well! Big rule to teach: only use the pages when instructed! This will help the toolkits stay organized and prevent students losing resources. (Hopefully!)
- You can also include baggies or zipper pouches to hold all of their manipulatives!
PRO TIP: Have the students cut out their own manipulatives as you get to them!
- Sheet protectors help a resource become multi use! You might have to show kids how to use these the right way!
Starting the year off virtual teaching, or just prefer doing things digitally? Never fear! The Lucky Little Toolkit is available in a digital format as well! Ideas for use:
- Screen share graphic organizer or math problem templates for whole group lessons
- Have students complete activities on your school’s chosen digital platform
- Use the virtual manipulatives in whole or small math group!
- Teachers can use the digital format while students follow along in their hard copy toolkit
In Summary, the Lucky Little Toolkit is a valuable resource to help teachers and students navigate ever changing school formats. With hands-on activities, organizers, anchor charts, manipulatives and games it is sure to keep students engaged, organized and learning. (And healthy!) Teachers can feel prepared knowing their students have all the resources they need to navigate virtual learning if that is the path their district takes.
Free Sound Charts
Would you like to give a few of our anchor charts a try for free? You can hang them up in your classroom, add them to student binders, or even place them in your writing area for your students to reference when they write.
Remember, together we are better. Especially this year.