Summer Routines: Tips and Tricks

Check out these tips and tricks to help keep you and your child organized and productive this summer, while still having fun! Does this sound familiar? Summer starts off great, but by mid-June, the house always seems to be a mess; the kids are forgetting what they learned in school; and boredom is beginning to […]

5 Winter Songs Appropriate for Just About Any Classroom

The holiday season is quickly approaching! If you have turned on the radio or strolled through the mall lately, you’ve probably noticed that the airwaves are full of songs about snow, holly, and pine trees. But, for many teachers, finding music appropriate for singing at school can be a challenge. Songs that hint at a […]

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 […]

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. […]

Eighth Grade Common Core Math

Simple Solutions Shines the light on Eighth Grade Common Core Math!

  The items in each Simple Solutions lesson are aligned directly with the CCSS. Teachers always know which standard is being addressed. The Topic Guide shows the order in which the standards are introduced. The At-A-Glance pages are written by teachers for teachers. These pages deconstruct each standard and present it in an easy-to-understand format. Teachers know EXACTLY what students […]

New Year New Me

New Year, New Me!

As 2017 begins, students should start thinking about what the New Year will bring. Resolutions give us a chance to be daring and try new things, and this week’s free download can help with that.  Students can use the graphic organizer to brainstorm ideas for new games, new books, new activities and new foods to […]

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 […]

Pablo Picasso

This week’s activity combines Pablo Picasso’s birthday (October 25th), Halloween, and an English Common Core activity all in one lesson!  There is a lot of information about Pablo Picasso on the internet, and we highly recommend previewing any sites your students will use.  Some of Picasso’s work may not be appropriate for elementary aged children. […]