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
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Foolish Franz - Student Questions
Foolish Franz - Student Questions
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Common Core Reading Lesson

Reading

common core reading

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
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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).

Fourth Grade

  • 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!

Do you have pictures to share?  Snap a quick photo and post it on our Facebook wall @MinutesADay.  Tell us where YOU do Summer Solutions!

 

Read at the Pool

Read at the Pool

Where will a book take you this summer?

Pool

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 pool picture. Write the title, author, and a brief summary; then, draw the characters of the book swimming in the pool.

Once you return home, hang your drawing in your house, have a parent take a picture of it, and post it on our Facebook wall:  @MinutesADay #getoutandread.

Come back soon to find out where a book will take you next!

Summer Solutions at the Dance Studio

Summer Solutions at the Dance Studio

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Ella and Nadia are great Hip Hop dancers.  During the summer, they spend hours each week at dance classes practicing their technique.  The dance instructor knows that these summer classes are extremely important.  When the girls begin new classes in the fall, they won’t have to waste valuable time re-learning old dance combinations, and the instructors will be able to start with new routines right away.  By the time the first dance competition rolls around, their routine will be award-winning!

Ella’s and Nadia’s parents know that the same principle applies to their academics.  During the summer, the girls work on the 3rd Grade Summer Solutions book to practice the math skills they learned during the past school year.  Unlike dance, it does not take hours a week; they spend just minutes a day doing each lesson.  When they return to school, Ella and Nadia will not need to spend the first few weeks reviewing old material but will be ready to jump right into the challenges of fourth grade!  These girls even find time between dance classes to work on their lessons!!  They are not only talented, but smart too!!

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4th of July

4th of July

July

The 4th of July is full of picnics, parties, family, and fun.  On that date, in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed and the United States of America was born.  To remind kids why we are celebrating, we created a reading comprehension activity from a passage in our 5th Grade Simple Solutions Social Studies book.  Kids can read about why the Declaration of Independence was written and answer a few comprehension questions about the passage.  This activity is a great way to learn about the birthday of our country and practice reading comprehension skills at the same time!

Another fun way to learn more about the signing of the Declaration of Independence is to watch the School House Rock video, Fireworks! This video does a fantastic job at giving the details of this historic event in a 3 minute video.   If you aren’t careful, you will be singing the catchy tune the rest of the day!

We have created other American History activities in past blogs.  Check out these links while preparing for your 4th of July celebrations!

Read At a Playground

Read At a Playground

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Where will a book take you this summer?

Take a book on a trip to the playground!  You will find a lot of places to read there.  You can read while gently swaying on a swing or while sitting high above the ground on a slide. (Just be sure no one is behind you!)  You might even find a friend to share a park bench and read with you. After you are done reading, fill in the playground picture.  Draw yourself in the picture as well!

Once you return home, hang your drawing in your house, have a parent take a picture of it, and post it on our Facebook wall:  @MinutesADay #getoutandread.

Come back soon to find out where a book will take you next!