Brenda Kovich

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Write an informative paragraph while creating a hamburger writing craft! Your students will love using this sandwich analogy to build a better paragraph. As they move through the writing process, kids write topic, detail, and concluding sentences
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Have some fun with this pumpkin writing activity! Third grade and fourth grade students explain how to make a jack-o-lantern. The step-by-step nature of a familiar topic makes writing a how-to paragraph a snap! This activity focuses on writing good
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Do you want to improve student writing? This video - with eleven supporting handouts and six posters - models how to write better informative paragraphs. You can use these materials for instruction and/or professional development. For more than
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Opinion writing in five paragraphs is a snap! Students choose a favorite activity and use persuasive writing to get their peers to try it. A clear step-by-step process with corresponding modeling and student sheets guide them. Planning and revising
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Are you looking for age-appropriate narrative writing? Try this fables writing activity! The five-part lesson teaches third, fourth, and fifth grade students to write narratives using effective technique, clear event sequences, and dialogue between
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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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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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Pique your students’ interest in the abolition movement! Working independently or in pairs, intermediate-grade learners conduct research to explore the lives of journalists, runaway slaves, ministers, politicians, and others who acted as catalysts
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Let your students’ imaginations run wild as they describe and narrate their experiences with "the best-dressed witch." Guided imagery and purposefully planned prewriting activities will help your students build effective writing techniques, gather
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Can your students persuade the principal to cancel school for a snow day? This winter writing activity takes students through a step-by-step process to write effective one-paragraph persuasive letters. Step One – Introducing/Reviewing Structure and
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Celebrate the lives of women who made a difference! First, students research contributions of famous women. Second, they use themed stationery to present their findings. Third, you create a beautiful display for your classroom or hallway wall.
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Which character from Greek mythology would you like to invite to dinner? Which would make the best President? Kids love writing about their favorite mythological characters! This product includes an opinion writing prompt and a persuasive writing
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Looking for a fun and effective winter writing activity? Ask your students to explain how to build a snowman. The step-by-step nature of this familiar topic makes writing a how-to paragraph a breeze! It focuses on writing good beginnings and
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Groundhog Day is the perfect time for persuasive writing! Can your students influence Punxsutawney Phil to see or not see his shadow? Let them try with this fun (and educational) Groundhog Day opinion writing activity. After reading a short
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With the right tools, integrating writing and science is a snap! These simple strategies and structures will help your students write amazing informational texts. This product provides you with the following tools: • Cultivating Informative
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Can your students persuade the principal to cancel school for a snow day? This winter writing activity takes students through the following steps to write effective persuasive five-paragraph letters: Introducing/Reviewing Structure and Strategies
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Which book character would you like to invite to dinner? Which would make the best President? Kids love writing opinion and persuasive paragraphs about their favorite characters! You’ll have everything to need to help your students write opinion
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Get your students up, moving, and improving writing! In this holiday writing activity, students scoot through eight stations where they employ simple strategies to improve a narrative text (“Alyssa the Elf” or “Alex the Elf”). Themed cards explain
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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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Just what you’ve been waiting for: tried and true strategies to improve your students’ narrative writing! This set of posters (8-1/2 x 11 inches) and cards (4 x 5 inches) come in three versions: simple, detailed, and examples. Click on PREVIEW to
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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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