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.
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!
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.”
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 Applesson 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 WordSearchfor English, Crossword Puzzlesfor readingand NumberNudgefor math.
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
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.