baseball

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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It’s Derby Day!

It’s known as “The Run for the Roses” and “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” In 2018, the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby falls on May 5. Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, will see a field of the finest Thoroughbred horses in the world compete for the first jewel in the Triple Crown. […]

Family Road Trips

I grew up in a family with five siblings and parents who were both educators. That being the case, our family vacations often consisted of our loaded station wagon making stops at historical sites in our home state of Ohio. The destinations were close enough, so overnight stays were never required. By the time I […]

Arbor Day

Arbor Day Activity: Celebrate trees with your students!

Arbor Day   Arbor Day is a day to celebrate trees. The day you celebrate Arbor Day depends on where you live. Check out this interactive map to find out when Arbor Day will be celebrated in your state. Arbor Day is a wonderful reason to teach children about the importance of trees, and the […]

Earth Day 2017: Science Activity

Earth Day  Earth Day is April 22. These days, many communities support programs that raise awareness about the need to protect our natural environment, and children are more aware than ever of the importance of keeping Earth healthy. This Earth Day activity defines “environment” and gives students an opportunity to investigate the causes and effects […]

What’s the Buzz About Cicadas?

A cicada craze is taking hold at Simple Solutions! Why?  It happens somewhere almost every year, and this year it’s happening in our home state! Any day now, the 17-year cicadas (Brood V) will most likely be arriving in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. (If you don’t live in any of these states, […]

Mental Math

Mental Math Your little leprechauns will love to work on this mental math activity based on Common Core Standard 3.OA.9.  To achieve mastery, students must be able to identify patterns in sums of basic facts.  Students must also be able to explain mathematical patterns, such as why the sum of two even or two odd […]

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Read at a Playground

Where will a book take you this summer? Take a book on a trip to the playground!  You will find a lot of places to read there.  You can read while gently swaying on a swing or while sitting high above the ground on a slide. (Just be sure no one is behind you!)  You […]

Read Tree

Read Under a Tree

Where will a book take you this summer? Take a book outside and read under a tree!  After reading use the picture of the tree and fill out the title, author, setting, summary, and main character.  You can also draw a picture of yourself reading under the tree.  If you read with a friend be […]

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April Showers Math

April The month of April brings a lot of rain to northeast Ohio where the Simple Solutions and Summer Solutions office is located. These rainy days inspired our “April Showers” first-grade math activity. Students can follow along on the attached worksheet while you demonstrate Common Core Standard 1.NBT.3 on the SMART board. This standard compares two-digit numbers based on meanings of the tens and […]