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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

As my profile states, I am a Cleveland Indians fan. Inhabitants of Northeast Ohio understand what that means. You see, we have witnessed a lot of exciting baseball in our town, and we have come REALLY close to winning it ALL. But it’s been 70 years since we’ve won a World Series. My 88-year-old mother […]

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Harry Potter: A Rich Source of Descriptive Language

A recent trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios had me thinking back to my first Harry Potter memory and the treasure trove of descriptive language found in the series. Do you have an early Harry Potter memory? Mine was the summer of ‘99. I heard Oprah Winfrey talking about a […]

It’s January! Time to Celebrate Snow!

Not every part of the country gets to celebrate snow with sledding, snowman building, and other outdoor activities, but everyone can catch the winter spirit with stories, lessons, and crafts. The possibilities are endless. Here, if you will, is the tip of the, uh-hem, iceberg. SNOW GLOBE CRAFT You may not know just how affordable […]

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 […]

What does Summer Solutions offer?

Looking for a way to make sure your child’s math and language skills stay sharp this summer? Summer Solutions is the answer. “The summer slide,” “summer learning loss,” “summer brain drain”—these are all names for a phenomenon parents and teachers know all too well. Over summer break, students can forget as much as two months’ […]

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 […]

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Sarah E. Goode Lesson and Inventing Activity

  According to US Census records, Sarah E. Goode was born in Ohio. However, other details of her early life are hazy, and reports are conflicting. One thing is for sure: Goode made history in 1885 by being the first (or possibly second) African-American woman to receive a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark […]

6 ways to keep your children engaged over summer break

It is well-known that if children don’t continue some form of academic engagement over the summer break, they will forget a lot of what they’ve learned during the previous school year. This is often known as the “summer slide.” Unfortunately, because of the “summer slide,” many teachers agree that they often get stuck spending the […]

Encouraging Boys to Read

Recently, we discovered a great website, Guys Read, that has excellent recommendations to peak boys’ interest in reading. An obvious, but overlooked idea, is to find interesting material. This website is so helpful! The books are categorized by theme. For example, books that deal with pirates, traveling, robots, and sports are just a few of […]

Celebrate the Birthday of Dr. Seuss in Your Classroom

Look here; look there; find Dr. Seuss fun everywhere! Get excited everyone! Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America Day are celebrated on March 2nd! Dr. Seuss’ catchy rhymes and fun illustrations never go out of style—they continue to amuse children and adults, year after year. To delight your students this year, the Simple Solutions […]