Brenda Kovich

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This complete theme unit offers two different processes for finding the author’s message. Two PowerPoint presentations, four fables, and effective organizers will get the results you want. To scaffold from moral to theme, kids use connected details.
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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 kids to identify structural elements of poetry, drama, and prose. You'll have everything you need for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment.Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these
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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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This popular PowerPoint presentation explains purpose and structural elements of poetry, prose, and drama (RL.3.5, RL.4.5). Classic nursery tales provide familiar examples for the introductory lesson.Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these
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Opinion writing in five paragraphs is a snap! Students choose a favorite activity and use persuasive writing to get their peers to try it. A clear step-by-step process with corresponding modeling and student sheets guide them. Planning and revising
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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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Get results with this complete, differentiated unit! Students learn to construct responses that describe characters, settings, or events. They find evidence in the text and write powerful paragraphs.Four stories, adapted from Just So Stories, are
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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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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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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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Modeling is a powerful tool! Two versions of the Summarizing PowerPoint provide modeling and guided practice in summarizing literature. Using story elements, kids learn to write effective summaries.The first presentation uses
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These choice boards and cards encourage students to practice skills from the Common Core State Standards and use higher order thinking skills. They can be used with any biography: picture book or chapter book, read-aloud or independently. You may
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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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Two powerful PowerPoint presentations and an activity build understanding of theme. Early learners connect details. When ready, students consider how a character’s actions affect the story’s outcome. How Kids Understand Theme - For students in third
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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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Get the results you want with this theme practice pack. You can scaffold kids’ understanding from connected details to story elements. Four fables and two powerful organizers provide practice in finding theme. After your students have practiced with
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Can your students persuade the principal to cancel school for a snow day? This differentiated winter writing prompt inspires third, fourth, and fifth grade students to create effective persuasive pieces. Specially designed student sheets help them
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Get results with powerful point of view practice. First, address the basics with two worksheets. Then present longer differentiated passages in two formats: multiple choice or constructed response.Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these
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Introduce point of view with this interactive PowerPoint. Kids analyze 11 excerpts from children’s books. If the book is in first person, they hold up one finger. For third person, they hold up three. Finally, they guess the name and author of the
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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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