Brenda Kovich
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Theme can be fun and easy to teach! This complete unit shows fourth grade students how to find a theme and explain it in a literary response. Students learn to identify connected details, translate those details into a theme, and write a constructed
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Comparing and contrasting folklore creates a dynamic and fun learning opportunity! In this complete unit, students identify characters, setting, plot, and theme; find similarities and differences in these elements; and write a paragraph to compare
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Point of view can be fun and easy to teach! This complete, differentiated unit teaches students to identify first-, second-, and third-person pronouns; discriminate between literature written in first person and third person; and write paragraphs to
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This complete unit teaches students the structures of prose, drama, and poetry then asks them to discriminate between the types of literature. You’ll have everything you need for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and
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Who has hair of snakes and eyes that can turn you to stone? Medusa, of course! Grab your students’ attention with two different views of this alluring mythological creature. “Medusa,” a humorous poem told in first person, characterizes the Gorgon as
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Hatchet Unit - This comprehensive novel unit for Hatchet, written by Gary Paulsen, has problem-based learning, a collaborative theme activity, questions, and vocabulary - everything you need! Hatchet PBL (W.4.9, W.5.9, W.6.9, and W.7.9) - Can your
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Common Core State Standards RL.3.5 and RL.4.5 ask students to know differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to structural elements. This PowerPoint presentation explains structures of common to each type of literature. Classic nursery
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Energize your study of light with five sets of hands-on science activities. Lesson plans, lab sheets, website, flash cards, review sheet, and assessment are all included in this light unit. Concepts Explored: • How Does Light Travel? • Which
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Energize your study of sound with six sets of hands-on science activities. Lesson plans, lab sheets, related website, flash cards, review sheet, and assessment are all included in this sound unit. Concepts Explored: *What Is a Sound? *How Does
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Persuasive writing in five paragraphs is a snap! Students choose a favorite activity and persuade their peers to try it. A clear step-by-step process with corresponding modeling and student sheets guide them. Planning and revising a five-paragraph
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Three classic children’s tales provide practice in identifying prose, drama, and poetry. Each one-page story contains instances of each literary form. To fulfill Common Core State Standards RL.3.5 and RL.4.5, students label each type of literature
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“Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a timeless classic written by Clement C. Moore, provides a perfect opportunity to teach structure and simile used in poetry. What’s included? • A17-slide animated PowerPoint presentation • Teachers Notes that
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If there’s one genre that every middle grade classroom needs, it’s fables. These brief narratives provide great opportunities for age-appropriate writing activities. Using fables from Aesop, this five-part lesson teaches third, fourth, and fifth
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Mythology research and coloring sheets will ignite students’ interest in Greek myths! Each of the 38 mythology research and coloring sheets features a blackline illustration (created by Educlips), Greek and Roman names, and simple fill-in-the-blank
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Have some fun with Halloween writing! Each student will explain how to carve a pumpkin. The step-by-step nature of a familiar topic makes writing a how-to paragraph a snap! This activity focuses on writing good beginnings and endings, word choice,
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This complete, differentiated unit teaches students to construct responses that describe characters. Students learn to find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, support with detail sentences, cite, and conclude. Texts for direct instruction,
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Have some fun with Cinderella folklore and parody! Kids (and teachers) of all ages will enjoy comparing and contrasting a variety of Cinderella stories, looking for common elements, and more. Press the PREVIEW button above to get a peek at the
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This bundle includes everything you need to teach informational text structure and reinforce the reading-writing connection: complete lesson plans with worksheets and test, PowerPoint presentation, and a writing project! Lesson Plans - A
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Customary measurement practice can be fun! Take your students on a mathematical adventure with Jack and the Beanstalk. As the fairy tale unfolds, situations involving customary measurement must be solved. Students will encounter problems involving
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This complete unit focuses on steps for finding word meaning: using phrases set off by commas or parentheses, using context clues, using word parts, using related words, and using the dictionary. It includes everything you’ll need for direct
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Time flies when you're having fun! I've taught fourth grade for more than 30 years and love it more now than ever. My mission is to create enjoyable, engaging, standards-based materials for my classroom and yours.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Enjoy teaching! How? Engage students in challenging, meaningful work. My students enjoy exploring, digging deeper, and connecting content to big ideas. Technology tools, such as PowerPoint presentations, Internet sites, and You Tube videos, make learning fun. For specific ideas, visit my blog, Enjoy Teaching.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow (1989) National Board Certified Teacher, Middle Childhood Generalist (1996 and 2006) Crystal Apple Award Winner (1999) Lake Central Teacher of the Year (2012)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in Elementary Education, Purdue University (1981) M.S. in Elementary Education, Purdue University Calumet (1987) Gifted and Talented Endorsement, Purdue University (1988)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Indiana State Curriculum Map Writer, Grade 5 Math (2010) Indiana High Ability Curriculum Project, Literacy Grade 4 (2011) LearnZillion Dream Team, Constructed Response Grades 3-5 (2012) Teachers pay Teachers (2013-present)