Brenda Kovich

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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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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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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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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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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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Motivate students to learn which words to capitalize in titles! Start off with an interactive PowerPoint presentation featuring titles of holiday movies. Kids learn capitalization rules then practice with a lively thumbs up/thumbs down session.
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Your students will love writing dialogue with these fun Halloween riddles! You can use them to introduce or practice punctuating and capitalizing dialogue. Kids read a riddle then write the response as a quoted sentence. For example: What did the
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Math Facts Baseball Game is a proven method for motivating students to learn their math facts. Divide your class into two teams and let the competition begin. Batter up! Each inning of the game consists of four 36-problem timed tests: addition,
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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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Challenge your students to think more deeply about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. In this set of English Language Arts activities, students read a three-page chronology of Dr. King’s life, create a related timeline, explore causes and effects,
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Eight no-prep holiday activities provide hours of independent learning for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. This December Independent Learning Module includes a 10-page student booklet, answer keys, rubric, and an interactive website. It’s a
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Eight no prep Halloween activities provide hours of independent learning for third, fourth, and grade students. This October Independent Learning Module includes an 11-page student booklet, answer keys, and an interactive website. Kids engage in
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Help Santa figure out some perimeter and area problems! Two packets of problems (beginning and challenging) make differentiation a snap. Kids will love these real-world Christmas math activities. Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these
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Eight no-prep activities provide hours of independent learning for third grade, fourth grade, or fifth grade students. This November Independent Learning Module includes a 10-page student booklet, answer keys, rubric and an interactive website. Kids
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Eight no-prep winter activities provide hours of independent learning for third grade, fourth grade, or fifth grade students. This January Independent Learning Module includes an 11-page student booklet, answer keys, rubric, and an interactive
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Take graphing to a whole new level! This powerful sequence of activities asks students to complete a human graph, picture graph, and bar graph of birthdays in the classroom. They explore vocabulary and graph purpose - - - and have loads of fun!
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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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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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