Simple Solutions Resource Center

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Welcome to the Simple Solutions Teacher Editions and Resource Center!

The Simple Solutions S2TaR Center is more than just the convenience of digital teacher editions.  It is the other half of the Simple Solutions approach to help raise test scores, build student confidence, and improve long-term retention while saving valuable class time.   Access to the S2TaR Center is provided free of charge to schools that have purchased Simple Solutions workbooks for the current school year.

What you will find in the S2TaR center:

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  • View your Teacher Editions from home or school, all titles in one location.
  • Access quizzes and answer keys.
  • Display lesson answers from a computer directly to SMART board.
  • Conveniently print; never lose pages!
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  • Common Core Standards have been extensively “unwrapped” and presented in an easy-to-read format.
  • Memory games, word cards, decodable books, printable Phonics pages, etc. are included.
  • Reading games, Tier II and III word lists, writing activities, resource packets, and graphic organizers for English, Science, and Social Studies are available to use immediately in the classroom.

 

Worksheet Generator iconWorksheet Generator:

  • Create customized worksheets for review, practice, and/or assessment.
  • Tailor each 12-item worksheet to meet the specific needs of your students (answer key(s) included).
  • Available for Common Core Math levels 2 – 8, and Original Math levels 2 – Algebra I.
Digital quizes iconDigital Quizzes:

  • Use for extra practice, review, or assessment.
  • Receive instant graded feedback.
  • Get quiz reports on standards students have mastered or ones students need additional practice with.
  • Available for Common Core Math levels 1 – 8, and Common Core English levels 4 – 8.

You don’t have to be “techie” to use the S2TaR Center because our user-friendly display makes it easy to click your way around.  Feel free to email us at tech@simplesoltuions.com or call 877-382-7537 if you should ever have any questions. We want you and your students to get the most out of all the S2TaR Center has to offer!

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Submit a photo and vote for a chance to win!

Submit a photo and vote for a chance to win!

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Submit a photo of your child having fun and learning! (You may need to log into Facebook.) Then, encourage your friends and family to vote for your photo. The top three photos with the most votes by 11:59pm EDT on May 30th will be our winners!

What’s the Buzz About Cicadas?

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Cicada

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, perhaps the cicadas visited you last year, or they will arrive in your home state within the next year or so.)

Whether you’re likely to see any cicadas this year or not, download these free activities, and use them for reading comprehension, science, writing, or math. If you want to make more worksheets specific to the standard you are teaching, be sure to check out our new Worksheet Generator!  It is packed with problems sorted by standard to create a personalized lesson for your students.

Enjoy this free Cicada unit from Simple Solutions!  Click on the thumbnails to download the full worksheet.  You can use it to supplement reading, science, social studies, writing, and math lessons.

Cicada Reading

  • Magicicada, 2016: They’re Back! (passage suitable for students in grades 4-6)
  • Question Worksheet (with answers and CCSS codes)

 

 

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Writing Prompts and Activities

 

 

 

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Crossword Puzzle (for reviewing Tier II and Tier III vocabulary)

 

 

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Cicada Math Worksheet

 

 

 

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Learn more about Summer Solutions and Smart-EZE for your students, and encourage life long learning!

Mental Math

Mental Math

Mental Math

Your little leprechauns will love to work on this mental math activity based on Common Core Standard 3.OA.9.  To achieve mastery, students must be able to identify patterns in sums of basic facts.  Students must also be able to explain mathematical patterns, such as why the sum of two even or two odd numbers is always an even number.

This free activity has two parts, the first has students answer the addition problems using mental math.  If the answer is even, color the space green; if the answer is odd color the space orange.  After the shamrock appears, students will complete the second part of the activity.  Using what they discovered, students will answer the questions to help them see the mathematical patterns.

Learn more about Simple Solutions, our classroom series used in hundreds of classrooms throughout the United States.  Parents can order Summer Solutions  or download our app, Smart-EZE, for their children to work on over summer vacation to help prevent summer learning loss!

Need more practice on this standard?  Make custom worksheets using our Worksheet Generator.

Color Shamrock With Numbers
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Color Shamrock Key
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Find The Pattern
Find The Pattern
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Find The Pattern Answer
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Smart-EZE Summer App

Smart-EZE Summer App!

First lady Michelle Obama has a message for young people: Don’t waste your summer!

“If you’ve got big dreams and I know you all do, if you want to go to college, want to get a good job, want to make the most of your potential—then summer can’t just be a vacation. This is really a time to try and get ahead.”

(Michelle Obama as quoted in Education Week June 20, 2014)

With Smart-EZE Summer App and Summer Solutions, you can prevent summer learning loss in just minutes a day and without sacrificing summer fun.

By the way, your first Smart-EZE Summer App lesson is FREE! Go ahead and try each subject and grade level. You can order more lessons by subject. Or, save money by getting a bundle. Because it’s rewards-based, the App gives kids incentives for finishing their work. They get trophies and games, like WordSearch for English, Crossword Puzzles for reading and NumberNudge for math.

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Benefits for Students:

  • Interactive, fun, and engaging — animated characters provide feedback
  • Comprehensive Math, English Grammar, and Reading lessons for grades 1-5
  • Over 400 interactive items per subject and grade level (over 4500 in all)
  • Grade-level Incentives (rewards & games) for each subject

 

Benefits for Parents:

  • Ability to track a child’s progress
  • Student progress reports can be viewed by both parents and students
  • Supports learning standards, including traditional and Common Core
  • Flexible and cost-effective — each lesson can be used by up to 5 family members
  • Over 1,200 interactive items per grade
  • First lesson in any subject, any grade is FREE!

 

 

Don’t let summer go to waste!  Download Smart-EZE here!

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Take Simple Solutions for a Test Drive

Get free materials when you take Simple Solutions for a Test Drive!

Free Materials

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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.

 

Simple Solutions is a review strategy for math, English and reading you can make part of your daily routine. It helps kids remember what they’ve learned—not just for the test—forever!

 

 

Try out Simple Solutions for yourself with a free six-week test drive. You’ll get the daily lessons plus a teacher’s edition and training!

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We are always improving!

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You spoke, we listened!

You told us the end of the school year can get a bit crazy. We heard you! We
wanted to help. So this year, you can have the Summer Solutions books
shipped directly to students’ homes.

Check out our new option!

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You Choose – Everyone’s a Winner!

Contact:Judy at 1-877-382-7537 or email her at  judy@simplesolutions.org to set up your school with Summer Solutions!

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Also check out our new Worksheet Generator!

Simple Solutions Math Worksheet Generator

The Worksheet Generator allows you to create and print customized worksheets for review, practice, and/or assessment. With thousands of items to choose from, you can tailor each 12-item worksheet to meet the specific needs of your students. Each worksheet comes with a corresponding answer key.

  • Focus on a single topic, or choose up to three topics per worksheet.
  • Select each math problem from a large list of items within a topic. Or, allow the generator to randomly select items for you, based on the topics you’ve chosen.

Reading

Simple Solutions Reading Sampler

Simple Solutions Reading Sampler

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Reading 1-6 Sampler
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Above is a digital reading sampler of Simple Solutions Common Core Reading Comprehension that is free to download.

This series aligns with the 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. Each unit is accompanied by a certified Lexile measure. Grades 2, 3, & 4 are available now. Grades 1, 5, & 6 are due to be released in spring 2016.

Click here to see all the books in this series!

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Fifth Grade Activity- The Three Brothers

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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 on the Common Core State Standards for ELA. It also includes a SMART board activity that links to a version of Aesop’s Fable, “The Bundle of Sticks,” as well as a different version on You Tube. The text and video can be used with the writing activities suggested in the teacher’s guide.

This reading activity is similar to the lessons in our Simple Solutions reading series. The 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 well as Writing Tasks. The Student Edition contains 108 lessons and 18 quizzes.
  • Common Core aligned Writing Tasks provide practice with evidence-based writing.
  • Complete lesson plans and student handouts are included in the Teacher’s Edition. Writing Tasks include pre-writing activities and address argument/opinion, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing.

Click on the image to download the files:

PDF of the lesson:

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SMART board story:

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SMART board questions:

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SMART board extension questions: 

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Simple Solutions  Worksheet Generator

The Worksheet Generator allows you to create and print customized worksheets for review, practice, and/or assessment. With thousands of items to choose from, you can tailor each 12-item worksheet to meet the specific needs of your students. All items are coded to show their Common Core alignment, and each worksheet comes with a corresponding answer key.

  • Focus on a single Common Core State Standard, or choose up to three Standards per worksheet.
  • Select each math problem from a large list of items within a Common Core State Standard. Or, allow the generator to randomly select items for you, based on the Standards you’ve chosen.

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