Brenda Kovich

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Brenda Kovich
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This complete theme unit offers two different processes for finding the author’s message. Two PowerPoint presentations, four fables, and effective organizers will get the results you want. To scaffold from moral to theme, kids use connected details.
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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 third and fourth grade students the structural elements of poetry, prose, and drama then asks them to identify each type of literature. You’ll have everything you need for direct instruction, guided practice, independent
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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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This Power Point presentation explains purpose and structural elements of poetry, prose, and drama (RL.3.5 and RL.4.5). Classic nursery tales provide familiar examples for the introductory lesson.Overview:1. Part One: Prose – Basic structures of
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Five inference activities and five short mystery stories help kids in grades 3, 4, and 5 build close reading and critical thinking skills. These materials are great additions to any mystery genre study. They can also be used as stand-alone reading
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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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Add some fun activities to your mystery genre study! Your kids will love decoding secret messages, analyzing fingerprints, trying different types of invisible ink, playing observation games, and working logic puzzles. Created by master teacher
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This set of 38 mythology characters research sheets ignite kids’ interest in Greek myths! Fourth grade and fifth grade students love finding information on their favorite Greek gods and goddesses. This bundle also includes lined research sheets and
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Have some fun with Cinderella folklore and parody! Kids (and teachers) in Grades 3, 4, and 5 will enjoy comparing and contrasting a variety of stories, looking for common elements, and more. Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these activities
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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.Four
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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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Modeling is a powerful tool! Two versions of the Summarizing PowerPoint provide modeling and guided practice in summarizing literature. Using story elements, kids learn to write effective summaries.The first presentation uses
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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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Discover forty – yes, 40! – allusions to Greek mythology. Lesson plans, a list of 40 words from myths, a PowerPoint presentation, posters, cards, games, and an assessment will help your students learn these terms. Created by master teacher Brenda
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Two powerful PowerPoint presentations and an activity build understanding of theme. Early learners connect details. When ready, students consider how a character’s actions affect the story’s outcome. How Kids Understand Theme - For students in third
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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

Every day in the classroom, I strive to engage each student in challenging, meaningful work. To accomplish this, I use differentiated texts and activities. My students love digging into science experiments and websites, connecting ideas, and exploring with independent learning modules.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I'm proud to be a National Board Certified Teacher (Middle Childhood Generalist) and have received three special awards: Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow, Crystal Apple Award Winner, and Lake Central Teacher of the Year.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received a B.A. in Elementary Education, an M.S. in Elementary Education, a Gifted and Talented Endorsement - all from Purdue University.

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