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 […]

Open House

  Open House: Nothing can bring such a mix of emotions to a teacher as those words… well, except conferences, but that will be the subject of a later blog post…  As a teacher, Open House is so important.  You have a short amount of time to accomplish a number of goals, all while looking […]

shark week

Test-Taking Skills

 Practice test-taking skills this summer! For some middle school kids, taking a test is as scary as facing a shark. One way to ease those fears is to practice test-taking strategies. Our Summer Solutions Study Skills books provide students with note-taking and test-taking strategies that will help them once school starts again in the fall.   […]

Election Day

Election Day is right around the corner and with it comes some great learning opportunities! Even though your students are probably aware of the upcoming event, and they have almost certainly heard about this year’s presidential candidates, there may be some elements of the election that they do not understand. What better way to help […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fifth Grade Activity- The Three Brothers

The story of “The Three Brothers” is a folktale about three men who leave home to make their way in the world and prove their worthiness to their father. Each not only learns a trade, but also develops a superpower to show off back home. This free fifth grade activity includes questions and writing activities based […]

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 […]

test prep

Don’t Sweat the Test

It is that time of year again, the time when you hope the little darlings in your care since September will be able to show what they know—to the state, the school, and their parents. This is their chance to prove that they’ve mastered grade level material or even surpassed expectations. It all comes down […]