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# Brenda Kovich

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Thumbs up for capitalization! Instruction begins with a lively, interactive Power Point presentation. After direct instruction, a series of sentences appear on the screen. Students put their thumbs up or down to signal whether a sentence is
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Your students can use this handy grid to find factors, identify prime and composite numbers, explore common factors and the Greatest Common Factor, and more! It provides a great confidence-booster as students learn to reduce fractions to lowest
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Do you want your students to read the whole page - - - not just the text, but the graphics too? This handy little freebie will work with any informational text. Using the graphic organizer, students provide the section title; identify three graphics
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Do your students need practice in finding a theme? This is the activity for you! Students read â€śHow Sun, Moon, and Wind Went Out to Dinnerâ€ť (an Indian fairy tale by Joseph Jacobs that is now in public domain) then use a step-by-step process to
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Shhh! Don't tell them that they're finding pi. Let them discover this special number themselves. This one-page printable sheet asks students to measure the circumference and diameter of ten circular items, record, then divide the circumference by
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Making an inference requires a flying leap! Challenge your students with Mark Twain's classic story, "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." This freebie includes a two-page adaptation of the story (public domain), a one-page inference
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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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This fun freebie asks students to demonstrate their ability to write a multi-digit whole number in standard form, words, and expanded form using their personal numbers. Whatâ€™s a personal number? Everyone has one! Itâ€™s your birthday! This simple
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Try the first week of this comprehensive mechanics unit for free! Daily Mechanics Bundle purposely links parts of speech, capitalization, and punctuation rules; provides daily language sentences for reinforcement and skill building; and uses only
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Enjoy teaching RL.3.7, RL.4.7, and RL.5.7 with â€śThe Tortoise and the Hare.â€ť Students explore connections between text, illustrations, and video. Whatâ€™s Included â€˘ Lesson plans with directions and discussion questions â€˘ One-page text of â€śThe
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Teaching poetry has never been so much fun! Beginning poets love to create their own I Spy pages. Writing simple couplets with four beats sets them up for success. This free file includes a lesson plans, a student sample, and a note for parents. It
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Proverbs are sayings that convey common wisdom. This free two-page set includes 25 proverbs and their interpretations. You can use them to teach English sayings or as a springboard for writing fables. Proverbs and Writing Fables Every great fable
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Prime factorization is the key to finding factors. You can teach prime factorization through factor trees or the ladder method - - - or both! Whatâ€™s Included: â€˘ two-page factor tree worksheet â€˘ two-page ladder method worksheet Would you like
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Creating a virtual filing cabinet is fun and easy. I'll teach you how to do it using Google Sites. Why should you create a virtual filing cabinet? 1. It's free. 2. It's paperless. 3. It's a powerful collaboration tool. 4. It's accessible from work,
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Creating a virtual filing cabinet is fun and easy. I'll teach you how to do it using Google Sites. Why should you create a virtual filing cabinet? 1. It's free. 2. It's paperless. 3. It's a powerful collaboration tool. 4. It's accessible from work,
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Engage your intermediate-grade students with multimedia experiences! Januaryâ€™s Five Fabulous Classroom Clickables feature Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. Links to a close-captioned video chronicling the life of Dr. King, a three-page informational
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Would you like to improve your studentsâ€™ persuasive writing? Just move them through these four steps: structure, ideas, sentences, and words. In this professional development video, master teacher Brenda Kovich discusses how this works in her fourth
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The story arc is essential for summarizing, finding theme, and narrative writing. This short video introduces story elements and a short phrase kids can use to remember them: somebody wanted but then so. The video can be used for professional
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Want a quick and easy way to summarize? Try using a story arc! This short video reviews story elements and models how to use them to summarize a story. The video can be used for professional development or with intermediate level students (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

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)

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)