It’s spring, April is coming, and our thoughts turn to—jelly beans! National Jelly Bean Day is April 22. Yay! In spring, however, students often get spring fever. Use jelly-bean fever to help combat this enormous obstacle to learning! You’ll find your students reengaging all over the place when you implement one or more of the […]
Simple Solutions Worksheet Generator Differentiation. It’s a buzzword in education that is not going to disappear. Many teachers have mixed emotions about the word. Teachers know differentiation is vital to solid instruction and for student success, and they WANT to use it in their classrooms. They know it’s a best practice. They know it helps […]
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 […]
Let’s talk about poetry! World Poetry Day is March 21st! We know that poetry isn’t always students’ (or teachers’) favorite subject. Oftentimes, poetry can seem difficult to explain or difficult for students to fully understand, especially when dealing with more contemporary poetic forms—those that don’t rhyme or follow easy patterns. But don’t let these […]
Thousands of visitors from across the country will gather on January 20th in Washington, D.C. to see Donald J. Trump, the 45th United States President, sworn into office. The inauguration celebration will include a parade and a formal ball. In today’s world of technology, there are many opportunities to see this historic event live—either on […]
Where will a book take you this summer? Dive into a good book this summer! Many people like to read at the pool, and reading can be a fun way to pass the time while taking a break. When you’re done with your book, fill in the picture. Write the title, author, and a brief […]
Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit East Woods School where my daughters, Megan and Emma, attend 4th grade. I was there as a “visiting professor” to teach the 4th grade students in Mrs. Antes and Mrs. DeLeo’s classes about my career as a workbook author at Bright Ideas Press, LLC. During my […]
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
- 10 Ideas for Chinese New Year
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 […]
Snow is starting to fall in Northeast Ohio, and to celebrate we’ve created a “Flurry of Math” to keep your students’ math skills sharp. The worksheet for each grade is coded with the Common Core State Standard that it reinforces. If you’re looking for more ideas to address the CCSS in Math, be […]