shark week

Test-Taking Skills

 Practice test-taking skills this summer! For some middle school kids, taking a test is as scary as facing a shark. One way to ease those fears is to practice test-taking strategies. Our Summer Solutions Study Skills books provide students with note-taking and test-taking strategies that will help them once school starts again in the fall.   […]

Exploring How Poetry Works

Let’s talk about poetry! World Poetry Day is March 21st! We know that poetry isn’t always students’ (or teachers’) favorite subject. Oftentimes, poetry can seem difficult to explain or difficult for students to fully understand, especially when dealing with more contemporary poetic forms—those that don’t rhyme or follow easy patterns.   But don’t let these […]

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Sarah E. Goode Lesson and Inventing Activity

  According to US Census records, Sarah E. Goode was born in Ohio. However, other details of her early life are hazy, and reports are conflicting. One thing is for sure: Goode made history in 1885 by being the first (or possibly second) African-American woman to receive a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark […]

Encouraging Boys to Read

Recently, we discovered a great website, Guys Read, that has excellent recommendations to peak boys’ interest in reading. An obvious, but overlooked idea, is to find interesting material. This website is so helpful! The books are categorized by theme. For example, books that deal with pirates, traveling, robots, and sports are just a few of […]

Celebrate the Birthday of Dr. Seuss in Your Classroom

Look here; look there; find Dr. Seuss fun everywhere! Get excited everyone! Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America Day are celebrated on March 2nd! Dr. Seuss’ catchy rhymes and fun illustrations never go out of style—they continue to amuse children and adults, year after year. To delight your students this year, the Simple Solutions […]

presidential

Your Presidential Timeline Activity

Presidential While a child may know all about George Washington’s incident with a cherry tree, students often struggle to put historical events into the context of their world. To these children, George Washington is a distant figure who wore a powdered wig and lived in a house without electricity. But children do understand the context […]

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Presidential Pets Informational Research Activity / Writing Informational Text

Presidential families are just like us—they love their pets! Most of our presidents have had pets living with them at the White House. Their pets have included all kinds of animals! From President Benjamin Harrison’s pet goat named Whiskers, to Theodore Roosevelt’s pet pony named Algonquin, all were beloved pets! For this informational research activity, […]

New from Simple Solutions: Simple Solutions Ohio Studies (Available Spring 2017)

Hey, Ohio 4th Grade Teachers! At last, there’s a workbook that uses daily distributed practice to help students learn and retain important information about Ohio. We know you’ll just love Simple Solutions Ohio Studies! The lessons cover all 24 of Ohio’s New Learning Standards for Social Studies in Grade 4, so your students will learn […]

Get Students’ Notes Organized Using the Cornell Note-Taking System

Watching how your students take notes can sometimes be troublesome, especially if they have no organizational method whatsoever. This doesn’t have to be the case. Teach your students to use the Cornell Note-Taking System.  Developed by Dr. Walter Pauk in the 1950s at Cornell University, these notes provide a structure for students to review and […]

5 Chapter Books Series for Beginning Readers

Young readers sometimes need a little motivation to pick up a book. One way to keep your child interested in reading is to find a favorite book series. Introducing your child to a series provides a chance for him or her to fall in love with characters and explore the characters’ worlds over and over […]