Brenda Kovich

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By Brenda Kovich
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Printables
CCSS:
W.3.2, W.3.5, W.4.2, W.4.5, W.5.2, W.5.5
$7.00
119 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Handouts, Posters
CCSS:
W.3.2, W.4.2, W.5.2
$8.00
87 ratings
3.9
Video & Supporting Document
Duration: 11:40
By Brenda Kovich
Have some fun with this Halloween writing activity! Students 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
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Halloween, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.3.2, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.5, L.3.1, L.3.2, L.3.3, L.4.1, L.4.2...
$5.00
75 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Rubrics
CCSS:
W.3.3, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.4.3, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.5.3, W.5.4, W.5.5
$8.00
43 ratings
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By Brenda Kovich
This set of 33 Greek mythology character research sheets ignite kids’ interest in Greek myths! Fourth and fifth grade students love finding information on their favorite Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, creatures, and other characters. It’s a great
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.3, RL.5.3, W.4.7, W.5.7
$8.00
58 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
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
Subjects:
Writing, Writing-Essays, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Test Prep, Printables
$5.00
51 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
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
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Literature, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), GATE, Printables
CCSS:
W.4.3, W.5.3
$6.00
28 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (3.29 MB)
By Brenda Kovich
Can your students persuade the principal to cancel school for a snow day? This differentiated winter writing activity inspires third, fourth, and fifth grade students to create effective persuasive pieces. Specially designed student sheets help them
Subjects:
Writing, Winter, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.3.1, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.4.1, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.5.1, W.5.4, W.5.5
$6.00
36 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
This Abolitionist Research Project will pique your students’ interest! Working independently or in pairs, intermediate-grade learners conduct research to explore the lives of journalists, runaway slaves, ministers, politicians, and others who acted
Subjects:
English Language Arts, U.S. History, Writing-Essays
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Projects, Printables
CCSS:
W.4.2, W.4.7, W.4.8, W.5.2, W.5.7, W.5.8, W.6.2, W.6.7, W.6.8
$5.00
26 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
Celebrate Women’s History Month with a Women in History research project. Students research contributions of famous women and present findings on themed templates. Just hang for a beautiful bulletin board or display. What’s IncludedLesson plansLink
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Women's History Month
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Projects, Printables
CCSS:
W.4.2, W.4.7, W.4.8, W.5.2, W.5.7, W.5.8, W.6.2, W.6.7, W.6.8
$5.00
24 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
In this Halloween writing activity, 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
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Halloween
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.3.3, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.4.3, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.5.3, W.5.4, W.5.5
$4.00
23 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
Add some writing to your mystery genre study (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.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.3.3, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.4.3, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.5.3, W.5.4, W.5.5
$6.00
9 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
Introducing the ultimate fables unit! It includes 10 one-page fables with questions, 7 fables plays, a fables writing activity, and more. It's a complete reading, writing, speaking and listening experience.Everything you need is included! You can
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Drama, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Internet Activities
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.3.9, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4...
$17.00
$14.00
9 ratings
3.9
Bundle
By Brenda Kovich
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Activities
CCSS:
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1
$4.00
13 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
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
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Writing-Essays, Winter
Grades:
4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Test Prep
CCSS:
W.4.1, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.5.1, W.5.4, W.5.5
$5.00
22 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
Can your students influence the Punxsutawney Phil to see or not see his shadow? This differentiated Groundhog Day writing activity inspires third, fourth, and fifth grade students to create effective persuasive paragraphs. Specially designed student
Subjects:
Writing, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.3.1, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.4.1, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.5.1, W.5.4, W.5.5
$6.00
20 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (11.08 MB)
By Brenda Kovich
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
Subjects:
Writing, Winter, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.3.2, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.5, L.3.1, L.3.2, L.3.3, L.3.5, L.4.1...
$4.00
9 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
Get your students up, moving, and improving writing! For these Christmas writing activities, students scoot through eight stations where they employ simple strategies to improve a narrative text (“Alyssa the Elf” or “Alex the Elf”). Themed cards
Subjects:
Writing, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.3.5, W.4.5, W.5.5
$3.00
15 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
Which character from children’s literature should be president? This differentiated writing prompt asks third, fourth, and fifth grade students to persuade others to vote for their favorite book character. Specially designed student sheets help them
Subjects:
Writing, Writing-Essays, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.3.1, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.4.1, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.5.1, W.5.4, W.5.5
$6.00
9 ratings
4.0
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By Brenda Kovich
Can your students convince Santa to hire them as elves? This Christmas persuasive writing activity provides lots of support for students who are writing their first five-paragraph essays. A mentor text is also included.Created by master teacher
Subjects:
Writing-Essays, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.4.1, W.5.1
$5.00
6 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (6.42 MB)
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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.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

If you'd like to know a little more about me, click here for a short bio.

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