A New Way to Celebrate Black History Month

Here is a multi-layered Black History Month project that you can do with your upper elementary/middle school students. Pick the layer you’re comfortable with — or have time for — and go to town. LAYER 1 introduces students to this cream-of-the-crop website, The Undefeated 44, that has portraits and short biographical pieces of prominent African Americans. […]

Take Your Class On A Virtual Field Trip

Snap out of the day-to-day monotony in the classroom by planning a virtual field trip to…anywhere. Virtual field trips are a great way to enhance your curriculum and make learning more engaging. They incorporate 21st century technology in a meaningful way, provide interactive learning experiences, and expose students to places they may never have a […]

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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 […]

What has Dr. Seuss Done? Had Lots of Figurative Language Fun!

Dr. Seuss isn’t just for elementary classes anymore! Do you know what’s happening March 2nd? It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day! Dr. Seuss is one of the most celebrated children’s authors today, and most children have read his books or have had his books read to them. By […]


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 […]

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 […]

Keep Snow Days Educational and Fun! 5 Things to Include in Blizzard Bags this Season

Yes, it is that time of year again—the snow and cold temperatures are coming! While you might already have the required assignments your school district recommends for students’ blizzard bags, why not mix it up with some other fun things they can do as well? Here are 5 recommendations: Turn on the Tube: Public television […]

Counting Kernels Science Activity

Are you looking for a salty snack to go along with your movie or a science project for your classroom? Well, there is one fun treat that is both: POPCORN! This versatile little grain can engage students in a fun and interactive science lab. What makes popcorn pop? How can we change whether or not […]

Socks that Grow!

If you follow us on social media (and if you don’t already, you should) you may have seen that the Simple Solutions team has got socks on the brain! Throughout the month of October Simple Solutions has been participating in Socktober. This event is a worldwide drive to help those in need by collecting and […]