An Amazing App for Student Authors!

Get Students to Publish Their Writing I had the opportunity to attend OETC (Ohio Educational Technology Conference) in Columbus, Ohio, with my writing team from Simple Solutions. It was exciting to be around teachers who are passionate about their students and what they do every day. For every teacher I met, I know there are […]

Meet Reading Comprehension Goals for Students in Third Grade

The ability to read impacts all aspects of life, but above all, reading is essential for learning. That’s why schools and districts all over the country set rigorous reading proficiency goals for students in the primary grades. From preschool through third grade, children are learning to read; by fourth grade, they are reading to learn, […]

National Day on Writing

Tomorrow, October 20th, is the National Day on Writing. This “holiday” came about as an “initiative built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy.” Each year since 2009, NCTE and other collaborators gather at writing events, in classrooms, and online to bring the necessary attention to such an important conversation. Here are a […]

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

As my profile states, I am a Cleveland Indians fan. Inhabitants of Northeast Ohio understand what that means. You see, we have witnessed a lot of exciting baseball in our town, and we have come REALLY close to winning it ALL. But it’s been 70 years since we’ve won a World Series. My 88-year-old mother […]

A New Way to Celebrate Black History Month

Here is a multi-layered Black History Month project that you can do with your upper elementary/middle school students. Pick the layer you’re comfortable with — or have time for — and go to town. LAYER 1 introduces students to this cream-of-the-crop website, The Undefeated 44, that has portraits and short biographical pieces of prominent African Americans. […]

Celebrate the Birthday of Dr. Seuss in Your Classroom

Look here; look there; find Dr. Seuss fun everywhere! Get excited everyone! Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America Day are celebrated on March 2nd! Dr. Seuss’ catchy rhymes and fun illustrations never go out of style—they continue to amuse children and adults, year after year. To delight your students this year, the Simple Solutions […]

“I Have a Dream” MLK Day Classroom Activity

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with your students by encouraging them to express their own dreams for a peaceful world. Dr. King’s well-known speech—delivered during the March on Washington, August 28, 1963—has become a source of inspiration to people around the world. During this activity, you’ll discuss some facts about Dr. King and […]

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 […]

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Thank You!

I drive my son to school every morning.  As we turn into the school entrance I am greeted by the kindest school crossing guard I have ever seen.  No matter the temperature or weather condition, he stands there smiling, talking to the middle school kids and waving at the parents that drive by.  Those few […]

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. […]