World Food Day ~ October 16, 2019

Food.  It’s something that many of us take for granted. Most of us are fortunate enough to eat two to three meals a day. If we skip a meal, it’s usually because we are too busy, and not because we don’t have access to food. But, that is not the case for all. In fact, […]

Simple Solutions Reading Comprehension K

Writing Task Activity Story mapping is the ability to identify the components of a story—setting and characters, as well as the sequence of the story (beginning, middle, and end). Story mapping is an important skill that contributes to a student’s ability to comprehend what he/she has read. This skill is particularly important when reading narrative […]

Jelly Bean Lesson Ideas

It’s spring, April is coming, and our thoughts turn to—jelly beans! National Jelly Bean Day is April 22. Yay! In spring, however, students often get spring fever. Use jelly-bean fever to help combat this enormous obstacle to learning! You’ll find your students reengaging all over the place when you implement one or more of the […]

Solid Liquid Gas Unit – Math and Science Activities

These math and science activities will have your students exploring time and matter while enjoying a cute puppy theme.  These are extensions to the lessons found in our 2nd grade Simple Solutions Common Core Math and Science books that schools across the country are using.  Keep an eye out for our next blog in which […]

Getting a Grip on Gamification

Everyone loves games – especially students. There is no better way to capture students’ attention than to say, “Who wants to play a game?” Nearly any educational topic, skill, or concept can be transformed into an engaging activity with game-like qualities. Enter gamification. What is gamification?  Gamification is the process of taking principles of a […]

Meet Reading Comprehension Goals for Students in Third Grade

The ability to read impacts all aspects of life, but above all, reading is essential for learning. That’s why schools and districts all over the country set rigorous reading proficiency goals for students in the primary grades. From preschool through third grade, children are learning to read; by fourth grade, they are reading to learn, […]

National Day on Writing

On October 20th, the country will once again celebrate National Day on Writing. This “holiday” came about as an “initiative built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy.” Each year since 2009, National Council of Teachers of English and other collaborators gather at writing events, in classrooms, and online to bring the necessary […]

World Food Day ~ October 16, 2018

Food.  It’s something that many of us take for granted. Most of us are fortunate enough to eat two to three meals a day. If we skip a meal, it’s usually because we are too busy, and not because we don’t have access to food. But, that is not the case for all. In fact, […]