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, […]

Take Simple Solutions for a Test Drive

Get free materials when you take Simple Solutions for a Test Drive! Free Materials Does this sound familiar? You teach your class a concept, and you’re sure they “got it,” but when the same concept comes up again later in the year, you see a room full of blank stares. We’ve got a solution. Simple Solutions. […]

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 […]

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Common Core Reading Series

This Simple Solutions series aligns with 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.  All items are coded to show alignment with the Common Core State Standards.This includes lessons, quizzes, and the Pre/Post-Test, as […]

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Summer Solutions on Vacation

Gianna and Sofia are going on a beach vacation, so they’ve packed all the essentials for a long car ride, including their Summer Solutions books. Their mom says, “Of course a teacher’s kids would have Summer Solutions in the car!” This smart mom knows that it takes only minutes a day to make sure her […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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April Showers Math

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.  While you demonstrate Common Core Standard 1.NBT.3 on the SMART board.  This standard compares two, two-digit numbers based on meanings of the tens […]

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 […]