Family

Family Tales and a Simple Graphic Organizer

Remember When? Family Tales and a Simple Graphic Organizer Get kids involved by having them write a favorite family story they can share with others this holiday season. Here’s a way to use the holiday tradition of storytelling to get your students writing and give them an opportunity to connect with family members, near and […]

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 […]

presidential

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 […]

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Presidential Pets Informational Research Activity / Writing Informational Text

Presidential families are just like us—they love their pets! Most of our presidents have had pets living with them at the White House. Their pets have included all kinds of animals! From President Benjamin Harrison’s pet goat named Whiskers, to Theodore Roosevelt’s pet pony named Algonquin, all were beloved pets! For this informational research activity, […]

“I Have a Dream” MLK Day Classroom Activity

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with your students by encouraging them to express their own dreams for a peaceful world. Dr. King’s well-known speech—delivered during the March on Washington, August 28, 1963—has become a source of inspiration to people around the world. During this activity, you’ll discuss some facts about Dr. King and […]

What is Lexile? Important information to know!

There’s a good chance you’ve heard the term Lexile mentioned by teachers, administrators, and maybe even your child. What exactly is Lexile? Why is it important? What does it mean for my child or my students? Don’t worry! The Simple Solutions team is here to help you understand the ins-and-outs of Lexile measures. What is […]

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 […]

Thank You

Thank You!

I drive my son to school every morning.  As we turn into the school entrance I am greeted by the kindest school crossing guard I have ever seen.  No matter the temperature or weather condition, he stands there smiling, talking to the middle school kids and waving at the parents that drive by.  Those few […]

Summer Solutions Kindergarten: Special Edition

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit East Woods School where my daughters, Megan and Emma, attend 4th grade.  I was there as a “visiting professor” to teach the 4th grade students in Mrs. Antes and Mrs. DeLeo’s classes about my career as a workbook author at Bright Ideas Press, LLC. During my […]