Close Reading of America the Beautiful

Memorial Day Activity: Close Reading of America the Beautiful Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have lost their lives while serving our country in the armed forces. It is important for children to understand that this is the day when the nation mourns the loss of soldiers who died fighting for our […]

common core reading

Common Core Reading Series

This Simple Solutions series aligns with Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Writing, and English Language. As recommended by the CCSS, the student book contains a 50/50 ratio of literary and informational text.  All items are coded to show alignment with the Common Core State Standards.This includes lessons, quizzes, and the Pre/Post-Test, as […]

Common Core ELA

First Grade Common Core ELA

L.1.2a – L.1.2b  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. The items in each Simple Solutions lesson are aligned directly with the CCSS. Teachers always know which standard is being addressed. The Topic Guide shows the order in which the standards are introduced. Students are assessed weekly. The results provide important feedback that […]

Second Grade Common Core ELA

RF.2.3d  Decode words with suffixes. The items in each Simple Solutions lesson are aligned directly with the CCSS. Teachers always know which standard is being addressed. The Topic Guide shows the order in which the standards are introduced. Students are assessed weekly. The results provide important feedback that drives further instruction.  The Help Pages are like having a teacher at home! […]

Simple Solutions Common Core English Grade Three

  A few months ago, over 3,000 schools across the country received examination copies of Simple Solutions Common Core English Grammar & Mechanics for one semester of grade 3.  These books are fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards. They are available for Grades K through 8, and can be previewed and ordered now. […]

Thanksgiving Nouns

Thanksgiving Nouns

November has arrived, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner! At Bright Ideas Press, we are thankful for the dedicated teachers, parents, and students who use Simple Solutions. To show how grateful we are, we created a first-grade Thanksgiving noun activity that aligns with the English Common Core Standard L.1.1b. For your older students, here […]

Pablo Picasso Monsters

Pablo Picasso

This week’s activity combines Pablo Picasso’s birthday (October 25th), Halloween, and an English Common Core activity all in one lesson!  There is a lot of information about Pablo Picasso on the internet, and we highly recommend previewing any sites your students will use.  Some of Picasso’s work may not be appropriate for elementary aged children. […]

Kindergarten Common Core English

Putting the Pieces Together! Can you believe today is the first day of October?  Hopefully, your year has gotten off to a great start!  As a teacher, I always looked forward to October when my students had finally adjusted to following schedules, getting up early, and doing homework on a daily basis.  This year many […]

“I Spy” at an Art Museum

The summer weather may force you to find indoor activities.  Playing a game of “I Spy” in an art museum might be the perfect solution.  Whether the temperatures outside are too hot or too chilly, the kids will really enjoy walking around an art museum looking at all of the works of art on display.  […]

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Activity

  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., pointed out the need for people to speak out against injustice.  His words are still true today.  Many schools, for example, find bullying an issue in their walls.  “Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power. Most often, it is repeated over time.”1 Dr. […]