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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Compare and contrast folklore with three PowerPoint presentations, 10 stories, tables, Venn diagrams, and more! This complete differentiated unit teaches students to identify characters, setting, plot, and theme; find similarities and differences in
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This complete unit teaches students the structures of prose, drama, and poetry then asks them to identify each type of literature. You’ll have everything you need for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment. BONUS:
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This complete, differentiated unit provides point of view passages, activities, writing, and assessment. Kids learn to determine point of view, defend it with evidence from the text, and consider alternative perspectives. You can choose from two
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The Common Core State Standards ask third and fourth graders to refer to structural elements of poems, drama, and prose and explain their differences (RL.3.5 and RL.4.5). This Power Point presentation explains structures common to each type of
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Who has hair of snakes and eyes that can turn you to stone? Medusa, of course! You can spice up your mythology unit or The Lightning Thief novel study (Percy Jackson series) with these engaging literature activities. Grab your students’ attention
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Engage your students with “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” First, a lively PowerPoint presentation teaches them about rhythm, rhyme, and figurative language. Then they identify similes in the poem and analyze two famous Christmas songs written in
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Mythology characters research and coloring sheets ignite students’ interest in Greek myths! These popular pages now come in two more formats: lined research sheets and themed writing paper. Click on Preview for examples of each format. Mythology
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Five 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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This complete, differentiated unit teaches students to construct responses that describe characters, settings, or events. Students learn to find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, support with detail sentences, cite, and conclude. Students
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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. Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these
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Compare and contrast legends of the headless horseman with this engaging set of lesson plans. These scary stories are great for Halloween - or anytime! Students read two or more legends from different cultures, summarize characteristics, compare and
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Classic literature inspires student writing. This narrative writing unit begins with analysis of three Just So Stories, which are included. Rudyard Kipling’s lively style encourages kids to experiment with word choice, repetition, and voices of the
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Assess your students’ ability to answer questions and construct responses with this short, age-appropriate story and beginning of the year reading test. You can use it to sample student skills early in the year, to guide instruction, or as a test
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Discover forty – yes, 40! – words and phrases originating from characters in Greek myths. This bundle includes lesson plans, a word list, a PowerPoint presentation, posters, cards, games, and an assessment. Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich,
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This powerful PowerPoint presentation uses a familiar tale, “The Three Little Pigs,” to help students understand theme. It models two processes: connecting details in a story to find a theme and writing a paragraph to express that theme. The
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Assess your students' ability to construct responses with this short, age-appropriate story and seven questions. You can use it as a tool to sample student skills at the beginning of the year, to guide instruction, or as a test prep activity. This
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Two versions of this Summarizing Power Point presentation provide modeling and guided practice in summarizing a story. The first presentation uses “Somebody Wanted But Then So” to introduce early learners to the summary process. The second scaffolds
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Four summarizing graphic organizers, two PowerPoint presentations, a video link, five summarizing passages, and rubrics – everything you need to teach your students how to summarize literature. A variety of options are available: summarizing with a
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This complete, differentiated unit teaches students to construct responses to explaining and inferring questions. Students learn to find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, support with detail sentences, cite, and conclude. Six engaging
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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)

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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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