BIGGEST & BEST Yearlong Bundle: JUST THE BASICS for Grades 3-5

BIGGEST & BEST Yearlong Bundle: JUST THE BASICS for Grades 3-5
BIGGEST & BEST Yearlong Bundle: JUST THE BASICS for Grades 3-5
BIGGEST & BEST Yearlong Bundle: JUST THE BASICS for Grades 3-5
BIGGEST & BEST Yearlong Bundle: JUST THE BASICS for Grades 3-5
BIGGEST & BEST Yearlong Bundle: JUST THE BASICS for Grades 3-5
BIGGEST & BEST Yearlong Bundle: JUST THE BASICS for Grades 3-5
BIGGEST & BEST Yearlong Bundle: JUST THE BASICS for Grades 3-5
BIGGEST & BEST Yearlong Bundle: JUST THE BASICS for Grades 3-5
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    All Just the Basics Activities Arranged By Mentor Text

    Bundle Description

    What is in this GIANT bundle?

    All FOUR Mentor Sentence Units

    All FOUR Interactive Activity Units

    MODIFICATIONS for Revision and Imitation Days

    All FOUR Vivid Vocabulary Companions

    plus the Better Than Basal Reading & Writing Units for 40 Popular Mentor Texts!

    Are you a 1:1 teacher using Google Classroom? You'll also want to add the digital add-on for Better Than Basal to your cart!

    ★ Mentor Texts List:

    Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

    Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna

    The Adventures of Spider: How Spider Got a Thin Waist by Joyce Cooper Arkhurst

    The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

    My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco

    Dear Juno by Soyung Pak

    Fireboat by Maira Kalman

    Saturdays and Teacakes by Lester Laminack

    Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse

    When Lightning Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polacco

    Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

    Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

    Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

    Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

    Titanicat by Marty Crisp

    Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams

    In My Momma’s Kitchen by Jerdine Nolen

    Hey Little Ant! by Phillip M. Hoose

    Verdi by Janell Cannon

    The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor

    Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli

    Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

    Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

    If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian

    Animals Nobody Loves by Seymour Simon

    OWLS by Gail Gibbons

    Fireflies! Julie Brinckloe

    The Empty Pot by Demi

    The Memory String by Eve Bunting

    Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne

    My School’s A Zoo! by Stu Smith

    The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter

    Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

    Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy

    True Story of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

    I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff

    Postcards from Pluto by Loreen Leedy

    Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema

    Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

    Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco



    Mentor sentences are the perfect way to teach grammar and author's craft through examples of excellent sentences from your favorite read-aloud books! This unit is just what you need if you have upper grade students without grammar background knowledge.

    All of the lessons in this set cover foundational, basic skills and are compiled from Volumes 1, 2, and 3. I have had requests for this from teachers who teach special education or students with very low grammar and writing skills.


    Not familiar with mentor sentences? Read all about them here!

    **Watch a video of Mentor Sentences in ACTION!**

    If you need more proof that the numerous volumes of mentor sentence curricula created by Ideas by Jivey are a best practice in the classroom, download the case study! The download presents the data collected over the 2016-2017 school year in the form of a case study.

    There is a 9-page introduction in the FIRST unit with pictures included of how I use mentor sentences in my room (VERY detailed, day-by-day). In each unit, I walk you through each day's lesson for 40 weeks- all the work is done! I've even done all the thinking for you when it comes to revising and imitating!

    Each lesson includes the teacher sentence page, the student sentence page, a lesson plan page with possibilities for all 4 days, and a quiz aligned with CCSS with answer key. ★ The quizzes are included as printables and also digital-classroom-ready, provided as Google Slides. ★

    Just the Basics Set 1

    Just the Basics Set 2

    Just the Basics Set 3

    Just the Basics Set 4


    This will help your students who need extra support. These students might include those with disabilities, English as a Second Language, or just slow writers. Some of your students may struggle to complete the lesson on revision and imitation days for several reasons. They might be slow writers and struggle to get the sentence rewritten. They may have a hard time “seeing” the structure to imitate. Or, they may get overly descriptive and lose focus on the sentence. These modified sentence frames provide a way to help scaffold for your students. After showing the class your example of the revised or imitated sentence and discussing it, provide the sentence frames to the students who need extra support. These modified sentences are not meant for all students – you want students who can think more creatively to be allowed to do so!

    Just the Basics Modifications


    The interactive language activities provide extra reinforcement of the focus skill during mentor sentences.

    First Ten Weeks Companion (Just the Basics)

    Second Ten Weeks Companion (Just the Basics)

    Third Ten Weeks Companion (Just the Basics)

    Fourth Ten Weeks Companion (Just the Basics)


    Vocabulary must be taught in context for students to truly understand the words and build relationships with them, and then in turn use them in writing and speaking. Move away from lists of vocabulary words and looking up definitions, and teach students how to comprehend with this best practice bundle! I have provided activities designed on researched best practices for use with popular mentor texts to help you maximize your teaching time. There are open-ended activities and ideas provided that can be used with any words, and I encourage you to incorporate past words in with the current words using these formats for frequent repetition.

    Vivid Vocabulary UNIT 1

    Vivid Vocabulary UNIT 2

    Vivid Vocabulary UNIT 3

    Vivid Vocabulary UNIT 4


    This product is JAM-PACKED with Common Core aligned lesson ideas, activities, graphic organizers, and writing prompts for 40 of your favorite mentor texts to use in grades 3-5! With over 100 graphic organizers WITH answer keys, you'll be set for the year (and years after that, too)! It also includes the generic versions of the graphic organizers so you can use them with any book! Activities cover skills such as:

    Using evidence to describe, infer, and draw conclusions


    Identifying and supporting theme

    Identifying and supporting character traits

    Explaining figurative language

    Identifying vivid language


    Supporting opinions

    Comparing characters

    Comparing texts to media and other texts

    Defining words using context clues

    ...and more!

    There is also a writing prompt for every book that ties to the theme, idea, or topic of the book.

    Better Than Basal Reading and Writing Units

    This download also includes the "At-A-Glance" document for all 40 books in the Just the Basics Sets! This will help you plan by skill.



    There are three volumes for grades 3-5 to help prevent repetition of mentor sentence lessons among grades in the same school.

    Check out what’s in Volume 1!

    Check out what’s in Volume 2!

    Check out what’s in Volume 3!

    Mentor Sentences can be done in ALL grades! Please tell your teacher friends about mentor sentences for their grade:

    Kindergarten & ELL (Early Emergent Readers)

    First Grade

    Second Grade


    Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Please use the 'additional license' purchase if more than one teacher will be using it. Thank you!

    *The mentor sentence lessons I have created are adapted from the ideas of Jeff Anderson. These lessons were born from the routine that worked well in my classroom, and the demos and examples I present are variations of Jeff Anderson's methods. This is not the only way to "do" mentor sentences in your classroom.*

    Copyright © 2013-2018 Ideas By Jivey, LLC

    All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey.

    Permission to copy for single classroom use only.

    Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.

    Not for public display.

    Leave feedback to earn credits for future purchases! Become a follower to receive updates about future mentor sentence units as well!

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    1 Year
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