Hey there, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teachers! School starts soon, and if you’re like a lot of my friends, you’re looking for ways to “do more with less.” Okay, I’m not a fan of that euphemism either. Too often, teachers are told “there is no budget” for the high-quality instructional materials they need. Yet, […]
Summer Solutions Books The Simple Solutions Approach–solid instruction, daily distributed practice, and ongoing assessment–is a proven strategy that promotes mastery and ensures long-term retention. Summer Solutions provides review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break but for a lifetime. Grades 2–3 Summer Solutions […]
Spinning into Math Facts! Fidget Spinners- the new fad that had both teachers going dizzy over the classroom annoyance. The principal at the local STEM school posted his frustration about them on his personal Social Media page: “Word of warning to parents buying spinners for ‘concentration’, the spinner’s days are NUMBERED. I hope they run […]
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 […]
Young readers sometimes need a little motivation to pick up a book. One way to keep your child interested in reading is to find a favorite book series. Introducing your child to a series provides a chance for him or her to fall in love with characters and explore the characters’ worlds over and over […]
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, the fire is so delightful, and since you’ve no place to go—the kids will need something to do! Perhaps having your child curl up with a good book is the answer! But what to have them read? Whether you’re looking for a mystery, a fairy tale, a work of […]
Are you looking for a salty snack to go along with your movie or a science project for your classroom? Well, there is one fun treat that is both: POPCORN! This versatile little grain can engage students in a fun and interactive science lab. What makes popcorn pop? How can we change whether or not […]
If you follow us on social media (and if you don’t already, you should) you may have seen that the Simple Solutions team has got socks on the brain! Throughout the month of October Simple Solutions has been participating in Socktober. This event is a worldwide drive to help those in need by collecting and […]
A few months ago, over 3,000 schools across the country received examination copies of Simple Solutions Common Core English Grammar & Mechanics for one semester of grade 3. These books are fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards. They are available for Grades K through 8, and can be previewed and ordered now. […]
Celebrate Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year provides many cross-curricular opportunities for students to learn about Chinese culture. Below, you’ll find links to crafts and lesson plans to help you celebrate. We have also included a printable color-by-number Chinese lantern. Instruct students to solve the subtraction equations near the bottom of the page and color the drawing by using the difference that corresponds with each color. (For example, 9 – 8 = 1 , and 1 is black, so all the spaces with a 1 should be colored black.) Once students have completed the math and done the coloring, use the lanterns to decorate for your celebration!
- National Geographic Kids: Chinese Horoscopes: Find Your Birth Year Animal!
- One World Nations Online: Chinese New Year Celebrations
- Ancient China Lessons Plans and Activities
- Scholastic: Chinese New Year Activity Ideas