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Summer Solutions

Summer Solutions

We launched our FIRST EVER web only special!  Use coupon code:  WEB20 to get 20% off all of your Summer Solutions books.  There are a few weeks of summer left, use that time to get your child ready for the upcoming school year.  The code is only good until July 26, 2015 so don’t wait to order!

Educators and parents agree that, without some form of academic engagement over the summer break, children will forget much of what they learned in school during the previous year. Research shows that students tend to score lower on reading and math achievement tests at the end of summer than they did just before summer break. This phenomenon is what is sometimes called “summer learning loss”.

Summer Solutions helps to prevent summer learning loss by providing the necessary review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break, but also for a lifetime. Each Summer Solutions practice book contains 30 lessons, along with Help Pages and an answer key for self-checking.

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Test-Taking Skills

Practice test-taking skills this summer!

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For some middle school kids, taking a test is as scary as facing a shark. One way to ease those fears is to practice test-taking strategies. Our Summer Solutions Study Skills books provide students with note-taking and test-taking strategies that will help them once school starts again in the fall.

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Download this sample lesson from our 6th grade Summer Solutions Study Skills book for your middle school child. It provides them with the opportunity to read a passage for context clues and to practice their test-taking skills—all while learning about great white sharks and megalodons!

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Smart-EZE is now available on iTunes!

Smart-EZE is now available on iTunes!
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Minutes a Day – Mastery for a Lifetime. Smart-EZE apps are designed for review of Math, English Grammar, and Reading Comprehension materials for grades 1-5. Smart-EZE provides the necessary interactive review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break, but for their entire lives!

Based on the award winning Summer Solutions Workbooks, the first Smart-EZE lesson is free for a single subject and grade level.

Features include:

  • Comprehensive lessons for Math, English Grammar, and Reading, grades 1- 5
  • Over 400 interactive questions per subject and grade level
  • First subject and grade are FREE
  • Capability for parents to track their children’s progress
  • Student progress reports can be viewed by parents
  • Animated feedback as the student progresses through lessons
  • Supports all learning standards including traditional and common core
  • Flexibility—each lesson can be used by up to 5 family members
  • Over 1,200 interactive questions for each grade

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Smart-EZE for Android is here!



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Smart-EZE – New App Helps Children Retain Math, English, and Reading Skills

Minutes a Day – Mastery for a Lifetime

We are excited to announce the release of our new app, Smart-EZE: Minutes a Day – Math, English, and Reading Comprehension Review. Smart-EZE contains an enhanced, interactive, digital version of our award-winning Summer Solutions workbooks. The app provides the necessary review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break, but for a lifetime!

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The first Smart-EZE lesson in any subject and grade level is FREE. Additional lessons are available for purchase. Smart-EZE for Android can be downloaded today, with iOS to follow shortly.

Features:

  • Comprehensive lessons for Math, English Grammar, and Reading, grades 1–5
  • Over 400 interactive questions per subject and grade level
  • Capability for parents to track their child’s progress
  • Student progress reports can be viewed by parents
  • Animated feedback as the student progresses through lessons
  • Supports all learning standards, including traditional as well as Common Core
  • Each lesson can be used by up to 5 family members.

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To learn more or register your email for iOS, please visit GetSmartEZE.com.
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Foolish Franz – A Play for Two Readers

Foolish Franz – A Play for Two Readersplay 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 writing activities based on the Common Core State Standards for ELA. The play also includes an optional activity, which is to compare the story of “Foolish Franz” with Aesop’s fable “The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey.” This can be a discussion and/or a writing assignment.

This reading activity is similar to the lessons in our Simple Solutions reading series. This series aligns with Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Writing, and English Language.

Foolish Franz - Teacher Instructions
Foolish Franz - Teacher Instructions
01 - Reading Blog Activity - Teacher Instructions.pdf
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 Foolish Franz- A Play For Two Readers
Foolish Franz- A Play For Two Readers
02 - Reading Blog Activity - Foolish Franz- A Play for Two Readers.pdf
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Foolish Franz - Student Questions
Foolish Franz - Student Questions
03 - Reading Blog Activity - Student Questions.pdf
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Common Core Reading Lesson

Reading

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This Simple Solutions series aligns with Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Writing, and English Language.

  • 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.

To get you started, we have created a second and third grade Common Core Reading lesson for you to use in your classroom right now!

Simple Solutions Reading - Sample Lessons
Simple Solutions Reading - Sample Lessons
Simple Solutions Reading - Sample Lessons for Blog.pdf
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Simple Solutions Reading - Sample Lesson Answers
Simple Solutions Reading - Sample Lesson Answers
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Common Core Reading

Fourth Grade Common Core ELA

Fourth Grade Common Core ELA

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.4.B

Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph).

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  • The items in each Simple Solutions lesson are aligned directly with the fourth grade CSS. Teachers always know which standard is being addressed.
  • The Topic Guide shows the order in which the standards are introduced.
  • Students are assessed weekly. The results provide important feedback that drives further instruction.
  • The Help Pages are like having a teacher at home! Students can refer to them whenever a question arises.

To get you started, we have created a fourth grade Common Core ELA lesson for you to use in your classroom right now!

 

 
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First Grade Common Core ELA

First Grade Common Core ELA

L.1.2a – L.1.2b  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Common Core ELA

To get you started, we have created a first grade Common Core ELA activity for you to use in your classroom right now! Click on the links below to find ways of introducing standard L.1.2a and L.1.2b

Getting Ready for a New School Year

New School Year

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We just received this wonderful picture of our Common Core Math 6th Grade book. Gianna  (you may recognize her from our Summer Solutions post) is getting ready for a new school year by covering all of her soft cover books.

At Simple Solutions, we’re getting ready for a new school year by sending our books to schools all across the country. Each book is carefully packed and shipped for a student who will spend minutes-a-day and achieve mastery for a lifetime.

 

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Books waiting to be shipped to a school near you!

Here are some past blogs for starting the school year:

 

 

 

 

Summer Solutions on Vacation

Summer Solutions on Vacation

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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 children remember the important skills and concepts they’ve learned, and that the lessons won’t interfere with kids’ vacation fun. When they return to school, these girls will be refreshed and ready to learn. Thank you for sending us this picture!

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