Things to Do (and Not to Do) on the First Day of School

Although it has been a while, I can vividly remember my very first day as a teacher. I was assigned to a class of 21 first graders who may have been as nervous as I was that September morning. I remember looking out into their forgiving faces, as I tried to check off items on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Monarch

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Every year monarch migrate from the mountains of Mexico to the eastern portion of the United States.  They are the only butterflies that make such a massive journey, up to 3,000 miles! Monarch’s are known as one of the most beautiful and graceful butterflies on earth.  Students love learning about this beautiful insect.  A fun […]

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 […]

april showers math

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 […]

Second Grade Common Core ELA

Second Grade Common Core ELA The Simple Solutions approach has been proven to raise test scores, build student confidence, and improve long-term retention. Take a closer look, as we shine the light on Simple Solutions Common Core English Grade 2. Students complete one lesson per day. Every item aligns with a Common Core State Standard and is coded to show its alignment. […]

Thanksgiving Nouns

Thanksgiving Nouns

November has arrived, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner! At Bright Ideas Press, we are thankful for the dedicated teachers, parents, and students who use Simple Solutions. To show how grateful we are, we created a first-grade Thanksgiving noun activity that aligns with the English Common Core Standard L.1.1b. For your older students, here […]

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 […]