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 […]

Apple Investigation

Apple season is here! But apples aren’t just for the lunch room anymore! The classroom activities are endless. Whether you are looking for an engaging writing project, an interactive science lesson, or a cross-curricular unit, Simple Solutions has got you covered.  Below are some possibilities to help you “harvest” the most from your class this […]

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, […]

Simple Solutions Reading Sampler

  Check out a digital reading sampler of Simple Solutions Common Core Reading Comprehension that is free to download.  This series aligns with the Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Writing, and English Language. As recommended by the CCSS, the student book contains a 50/50 ratio of literary and informational text. Each unit is accompanied by a certified Lexile […]

Summer Solutions Order Today!

We launched our FIRST EVER web only special!  Use coupon code:  WEB20 to get 20% off all of your Summer Solutions books.  There are a few weeks of summer left, use that time to get your child ready for the upcoming school year.  The code is only good until July 26, 2015 so don’t wait to […]

Foolish Franz – A Play for Two Readers

The story of “Foolish Franz” is based on a tale called “Clever Hans” by the Brothers Grimm. The play has just two characters, Franz and his mother, and therefore lends itself to a paired or choral reading. This free lesson includes instructions for both paired reading and choral reading activities, as well as questions and […]

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade Common Core ELA

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.4.B Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph). The items in each Simple Solutions lesson are aligned directly with the fourth grade CSS. Teachers always know which standard is being addressed. The Topic Guide shows the order in which the standards are introduced. Students […]

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.     If you’re looking for more ideas to address the CCSS in Math, be […]

Halloween Geometry PDF

Halloween Geometry

Halloween Geometry I’m not sure what it is about Halloween, but it always makes me think about geometry.  To some people, geometry is scarier than a ghost.  But for a math teacher, Halloween is an opportunity to review the basics of geometry, with a fun and spooky twist.  This year’s Halloween activity is based on […]

Football Math

    Are you ready for some football?  You and your students don’t have to wait until Sunday; you can play football any day of the week with Simple Solutions Football Math.  Upper-level students will use what they’ve learned in CCSS 4.MD.3 to covert yards, feet, and inches to find the perimeter and area of a […]