Food for Thought

What food experts are telling us harkens back to the dinner table maxim about not wasting food (see Thinking Beyond the Plate and Avenues to Aid). On a macro level, food that is not harvested is thrown away, or wasted, by a variety of players in the food industry. Myriad organizations delineate a difference between […]

Avenues to Aid

The last blog introduced the recent surge in the overwhelming demand on food banks. This blog briefly explores the different types of food-assistance agencies. It is important to know that each of us can do something to alleviate suffering. There are a variety of ways food gets to hungry people in the United States. Soup […]

Thinking Beyond the Plate

Perhaps you were told by a parent or grandparent as they scowled at the untouched food on your plate, “Don’t waste that!” We often associate that phrase with folks who lived a long time ago, or through a war or famine, when communities sacrificed what little they had to help a cause. Nothing was wasted. […]

The Liberty Bell: An American Symbol of Freedom.

Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof. That, as you might recognize, is the inscription on our 2,080-pound national treasure, the Liberty Bell. There are many myths and misconceptions in US history, some of which involve this famous symbol. According to the National Park Service, the State House bell, as it […]

Why Flashcards Work

When I was in elementary school, my favorite activity was whole-class flashcard races. I already had the longing to become a teacher and couldn’t wait to get my own set of tall, buff-colored flashcards for every math operation. When I had my own classroom, I used flashcards in a less competitive way. My students made […]

Printing Simple Solutions: Easy as Pi

Add our free download to your measurement and “Pi Day” activities. Ever wonder how Simple Solutions and Summer Solutions are made? Well, we’re lucky to have our own print team here in Beachwood, Ohio, that prints and binds our perfect bound books. At BIP Printing Solutions, Joe, Dave, Matt, and Dashi produce more than 450,000 […]

How to Find More Classroom Time for New Learning

More classroom time can be devoted to introducing new material when the teacher is not required to continually reteach old skills and concepts. We love how this short Edutopia video explains practice testing. (HINT: It’s not the typical kind of testing!) Low-stakes testing is a form of retrieval practice, a strategy that boosts long-term retention […]

A Flurry of Math

Snow is starting to fall in Northeast Ohio and to celebrate we’ve created a “Flurry of Math” to keep your students’ math skills sharp.  The worksheet for each grade is coded with the Common Core State Standard that it reinforces. social media Follow Simple Solutions!

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 […]

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. […]