Brenda Kovich

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Third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade students love reading mysteries and writing mysteries. When you add secret codes, fingerprinting, invisible ink, they’re really hooked! This 82-page set of mystery activities is guaranteed to motivate your
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This three-minute video tutorial teaches fourth graders to summarize and find a theme. Students learn to include character, situation, problem, reaction, and outcome in their summaries. Using the character’s reaction and the outcome, they determine
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This three-minute video tutorial teaches fourth graders to construct responses. Students learn to find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, cite, support with detail sentences, and conclude. Fourteen pages of support materials provide
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At last! You’ve found a writing workshop unit with high quality, differentiated mentor texts. Six excerpts from The Wind in the Willows illustrate effective narrative writing techniques. Students read, discuss, and then apply those techniques in
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Eight no-prep activities provide hours of independent learning for fourth and fifth grade students. This September Independent Learning Module includes a 16-page student booklet, answer keys, rubric and an interactive website. Kids engage in
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Inspire your students with this Apollo astronaut research project. An astronaut research sheet guides student exploration. For more depth, kids think critically about the man’s greatest lifetime achievement and consider preparation, character
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This click and go resource provides links to videos and helpful sites, a student information booklet, eight information sheets, seven solar eclipse 2017 activities, and more! All are stored in one handy website. Just click the solar eclipse teaching
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Would you like to improve your students’ persuasive writing? Just move them through these four steps: structure, ideas, sentences, and words. In this professional development video, master teacher Brenda Kovich discusses how this works in her fourth
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Energize your study of sound and light with hands-on science activities and corresponding websites! Lesson plans, lab sheets, companion websites, flash cards, review sheet, and assessment are all included in this bundle of two popular units.
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Five inference activities and five short mystery stories help kids build close reading and critical thinking skills. These materials are great additions to any mystery unit. They can also be used as stand-alone reading comprehension
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Add some writing to your mystery unit (or some mystery to your narrative writing unit)! Choose from three fun projects: (1) a crafty mystery picture activity, (2) a choose-your-own-clues paper bag mystery, or (3) a traditional mapped mystery. Your
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Support your students as they tackle The Westing Game, a complex puzzle piece mystery. A detective’s journal, discussion guide, character cards, and support material help kids piece together clues (and improve comprehension). What’s
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Let your little detectives uncover the clues in The Maze of Bones. This detective’s journal, discussion guide, and character cards will help kids crack the case (and improve comprehension!) Hook them on Book 1 of The 39 Clues Series - and soon
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Eight no-prep activities provide hours of independent learning for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. This May Independent Learning Module includes a 12-page student booklet, answer keys, rubric and an interactive website. Kids engage in
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Add some fun activities to your mystery unit! Your kids will love decoding secret messages, analyzing fingerprints, trying different types of invisible ink, playing observation games, and working logic puzzles. Mystery Activities Included: Secret
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Eight no-prep activities provide hours of independent learning for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. This April Independent Learning Module includes a 14-page student booklet, answer keys, rubric and an interactive website. Kids engage in
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Add a little drama to your class! Seven fables are written as plays. You can use them for reader’s theater, short skits, or full-blown performances with costumes and props. This product is also available as part of my Fables Bundle. No need to buy
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Introducing the ultimate reading and writing fables unit for third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade students! Now bigger kids can use these timeless tales for a complete reading, writing, speaking and listening experience. Everything you need
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Eight no-prep activities provide hours of independent learning for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. This March Independent Learning Module includes a 13-page student booklet, answer keys, rubric and an interactive website. Kids engage in
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The bird adaptations jigsaw research project asks each student to explore a different bird adaptation, answer questions, and create a poster. Research corresponds to the Adaptations section of Project Beak, an educational website. You can find it at
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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)

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