Brenda Kovich

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Theme can be fun and easy to teach! This complete unit shows fourth grade students how to find a theme and explain it in a literary response. Students learn to identify connected details, translate those details into a theme, and write a constructed
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Compare and contrast folklore with three PowerPoint presentations, 10 stories, tables, Venn diagrams, and more! This complete differentiated unit teaches students to identify characters, setting, plot, and theme; find similarities and differences in
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This complete unit teaches students the structures of prose, drama, and poetry then asks them to identify each type of literature. You’ll have everything you need for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment. BONUS:
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This complete, differentiated unit provides point of view passages, activities, writing, and assessment. Kids learn to determine point of view, defend it with evidence from the text, and consider alternative perspectives. You can choose from two
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The Common Core State Standards ask third and fourth graders to refer to structural elements of poems, drama, and prose and explain their differences (RL.3.5 and RL.4.5). This Power Point presentation explains structures common to each type of
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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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This bundle includes everything you need to teach informational text structure and reinforce the reading-writing connection: complete lesson plans with worksheets and test, PowerPoint presentation, and a writing project! Created by master teacher
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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
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Teach kids to write dialogue with cartoons! An interactive PowerPoint presentation and student sheets explain direct quotes and indirect quotes, dialogue tags, and punctuation rules for quotes at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence. Created
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This complete, differentiated unit teaches students to construct responses that describe characters, settings, or events. Students learn to find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, support with detail sentences, cite, and conclude. Students
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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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Do you need a powerful introduction to the scientific method for your third, fourth, or fifth grade classroom? You’ve found it! This set of lesson plans, PowerPoint presentation, and posters explain the Scientific Method and immerse students in
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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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This powerful PowerPoint presentation uses a familiar tale, “The Three Little Pigs,” to help students understand theme. It models two processes: connecting details in a story to find a theme and writing a paragraph to express that theme. The
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Theme for fifth graders! This complete unit teaches fifth grade students to use standards-based strategies to find a theme and explain it in a literary response. First, students analyze characters’ challenges and responses to identify a theme. Then
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Two versions of this Summarizing Power Point presentation provide modeling and guided practice in summarizing a story. The first presentation uses “Somebody Wanted But Then So” to introduce early learners to the summary process. The second scaffolds
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Four summarizing graphic organizers, two PowerPoint presentations, a video link, five summarizing passages, and rubrics – everything you need to teach your students how to summarize literature. A variety of options are available: summarizing with a
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This complete, differentiated unit teaches students to construct responses to explaining and inferring questions. Students learn to find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, support with detail sentences, cite, and conclude. Six engaging
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Give your fourth grade reading curriculum a boost! Nine standards-based literature units provide everything you need: differentiated reading passages, PowerPoint presentations for direct instruction, student activity pages, assessments, and
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Help your third grade, fourth grade, or fifth grade students determine a story's perspective with this lively point of view Power Point presentation and two point of view worksheets. The presentation opens with a discussion of pronouns in first,
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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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