Brenda Kovich

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This bundle includes everything you need to teach informational text structure: complete lesson plans, a PowerPoint presentation, worksheets with passages, a test, and a related writing project! Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, this
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This complete unit focuses on steps for finding word meaning: using phrases set off by commas or parentheses, using context clues, using word parts, using related words, and using the dictionary. It includes everything you’ll need for direct
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Engage your students in a variety of biography activities. These choice boards and cards encourage them to practice skills from the Common Core State Standards and use higher order thinking skills. This resource can be used with any biography:
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Do your students need practice identifying text structure? This practice pack is for you! It will help your students discriminate between five informational text structures: description, sequence, compare/contrast, cause/effect, and
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This 30-slide PowerPoint presentation explains the five types of informational text structure: description, sequence, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and problem and solution. Created for fourth and fifth grade students, examples in the
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Facts About the Great Lakes is short research project that results in a polished final product. Kids collect information and record on specially designed sheets to create their own infographics. Individual pages can be bound into a booklet or
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Improve your students’ informational reading by targeting specific strategies for finding word meaning: using phrases set off by commas or parentheses, using context clues, using word parts, and using related words. What’s
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The bird adaptations jigsaw research project asks each student to explore a different adaptation , answer questions, and create a poster. Research corresponds to the Adaptations section of Project Beak, an educational website. You can find it at
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This 36-slide PowerPoint presentation explains and models steps for finding word meaning: using phrases set off by commas or parentheses, using context clues, using word parts, using related words, and using the dictionary. Created for fourth and
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It’s time for some critical thinking! After reading “The Beginning of the Armadillo,” kids check the story’s background information using three websites. They answer questions and evaluate each website on its ability to help them. As culminating
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Learning about paragraph structure is the first step to effectively reading or writing nonfiction text. When kids analyze a text to locate the topic sentence, they will find the main idea. As they consider which sentences directly reinforce the
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Engage your fourth graders with this informational text structures unit. They’ll love learning with passages about castles of the world! Each lesson includes all five structures (description, sequence, compare/contrast, cause/effect, and
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Finding the main idea and summarizing can be fun and easy! Kids read five informative passages that explore commonly-held beliefs. (For example: Is chocolate really good for you?) They find the main idea, written as a thesis statement, in the first
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Claims and evidence in speeches about animals are easy to find �� once students know where to look. Have some fun with these videos and activities while reinforcing the structure of informational speeches (and writing): introduction, main points
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The Nonfiction Choice Board is a flexible instructional tool. How does it work? Simply have your students read an informational text and select an activity. You can ask them to read one book and do one task; read three books and complete activities
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This set of graphic organizers will help your students understand nonfiction text structures, analyze informative texts, and/or organize informational writing. A quick reference guide and five one-page organizers are included. Created by master
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Balance your fourth grade Cinderella unit with literature, informational text, language, writing, speaking and listening. These free lesson plans immerse students in the world of Cinderella and fairy castles. You can use the plans to inspire your
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This Cinderella unit offers two weeks of engaging, balanced ELA instruction. Activities address fourth grade ELA standards for literature, informational text, writing, language, speaking and listening. Lesson plans for your complete 90-minute block
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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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