Brenda Kovich

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Who has hair of snakes and eyes that can turn you to stone? Medusa, of course! You can spice up your mythology unit or The Lightning Thief novel study (Percy Jackson series) with these engaging literature activities. Grab your students’ attention
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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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Customary measurement practice can be fun! Take your students on a mathematical adventure with Jack and the Beanstalk. As the fairy tale unfolds, situations involving customary measurement must be solved. Students will encounter problems involving
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Five classic children’s tales provide practice in identifying prose, drama, and poetry. Each one-page story contains instances of each literary form. To fulfill Common Core State Standards RL.3.5 and RL.4.5, students label each type of literature
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Have some fun with Cinderella folklore and parody! Kids (and teachers) of all ages will enjoy comparing and contrasting a variety of Cinderella stories, looking for common elements, and more. Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these
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Compare and contrast legends of the headless horseman with this engaging set of lesson plans. These scary stories are great for Halloween - or anytime! Students read two or more legends from different cultures, summarize characteristics, compare and
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Cells in seven days! This brief, engaging set of articles, activities, and assessments focuses on basic organelles found in animal and/or plant cells. What’s Included: • suggested schedule • materials list for each day • plant and animal cells
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Can your students find Brian using information from the book? Based on Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, this simulation presents three possible scenarios. You choose the one that's right for your class. 1. You Are Brian - Students take the role of Brian
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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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Thumbs up for capitalization! Instruction begins with a lively, interactive PowerPoint presentation. After direct instruction, a series of titles appear on the screen. Students put their thumbs up or down to signal whether a title is capitalized
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Assess your students’ ability to answer questions and construct responses with this short, age-appropriate story and beginning of the year reading test. You can use it to sample student skills early in the year, to guide instruction, or as a test
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Assess your students' ability to construct responses with this short, age-appropriate story and seven questions. You can use it as a tool to sample student skills at the beginning of the year, to guide instruction, or as a test prep activity. This
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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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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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Thumbs up for capitalization! Instruction begins with a lively, interactive Power Point presentation. After direct instruction, a series of time periods, historical events, documents, and laws appear on the screen. Students put their thumbs up or
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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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Practice possessive nouns with these Halloween printables! Kids tackle singular possessive nouns and plural possessive nouns before trying mixed practice. As a grand finale, they apply their skills in a fun-filled Halloween coloring book. The entire
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Assess your students’ ability to answer questions and construct responses with this short, age-appropriate story and corresponding standards-based reading questions. You can also use them to sample student skills, to guide instruction, or as a test
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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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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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