Explore Our New Reading Comprehension Books for Seventh and Eighth Grade

Reading is the fundamental building block of all learning. Statistics show that the reading habits and achievement levels of students at all levels is in decline.[1] The US ranks 7th in reading literacy among 60 nations in the world.[2] Although this number has improved, more needs to be done. The key to increasing proficient readers […]

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 […]

Middle School

Independent Reading: Five Goals for Middle School

What are your goals for teaching reading to 6th, 7th, or 8th graders, and how do you find the time to achieve these goals? One way to shore up reading skills is to make efficient use of independent study time – that includes homework, bell work, study period, or anytime students work on their own. […]

An Amazing App for Student Authors!

Get Students to Publish Their Writing I had the opportunity to attend OETC (Ohio Educational Technology Conference) in Columbus, Ohio, with my writing team from Simple Solutions. It was exciting to be around teachers who are passionate about their students and what they do every day. For every teacher I met, I know there are […]

Digital Quiz Reports

  Teachers who use Simple Solutions know that the S2TaR Center has some amazing features that are included when a class set of books is purchased.   Not only will they find the Simple Solutions Teacher Editions, but supplemental Resources, a Worksheet Generator, and Digital Quizzes.  Simple Solutions Digital Quizzes are an easy way for a […]

An App for the Ages

It is often said that regular communication between parents and teachers helps improve student success and build positive relationships. With the number of apps out there claiming to be the best, latest, and greatest, it can be overwhelming to know which ones to try. We’re here to narrow the field for you with one of […]

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 […]

Fostering Information Literacy

There are many ways to define Information Literacy. It might best be viewed as the sum of some of its basic components: needing, gathering, evaluating, and using information. One dilemma facing teachers today is guiding students towards reputable, current, and authoritative sources with rich content. To label reporting “fake news” leaves students wondering how to know […]

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 […]