Daily Grammar Mentor Sentence Units (VOLUME 1) Bundle (Grades 3-5): 40 Weeks!

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I would be completely lost without this mentor sentence package! We use one of these every week and my kids literally transform from the beginning of the year to the end! Thank you!

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    Teaching your daily grammar lessons with the mentor sentences routine is the only way students will truly learn to apply grammar and language skills to their writing! No boring worksheets, lectures, sentences filled with mistakes, or rote drills that don’t stick…

    This yearlong bundle of ready-to-teach mentor sentence lessons will have students working with one sentence from a favorite read-aloud mentor text in a different way each day for just 10-15 minutes!

    Teachers who enjoy using mentor texts to cover content and maximize teaching time will love adding these mentor sentence lessons to their toolbox.

    For each week’s lesson, you will guide students in discussion of the main focus on one or two grammar and language skills, but they are also exposed to new and previous grammar skills, too! This spiral learning truly makes an impact on their retention of grammar understanding and writing abilities. Students of ANY ability can use mentor sentences; because of the consistency, students know what to expect each day, and the spiral learning keeps those important skills in front of them week after week.

    Students will work on revision skills each week. They will also imitate the author’s style and structure. Both of these steps in the mentor sentence routine help cement the transition of grammar, language, and style they’ve learned to their own writing.

    Finally, use the formative assessments provided to find out what should be reviewed in future weeks.



    You don’t need to be a grammar guru to implement mentor sentences. When you purchase mentor sentences from Ideas by Jivey, you get a “cheat sheet” for all 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 for display

    •the student sentence page to glue into notebooks

    •a lesson plan page with answers for each day’s routine

    •a formative assessment/quiz with answer key (provided in print and digital format) which also includes editing practice

    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).

    This download also includes the "At-A-Glance" for all 40 books in Volume 1!

    All of the books and lessons in this bundle are:

    -First Day Jitters By Julie Danneberg

    simple sentences, possessives

    -Enemy Pie By Derek Munson

    adjectives, subjects and predicates

    -Saturdays and Teacakes By Lester Laminack

    proper nouns

    -My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother By Patricia Polacco

    commas in a series, subjects and predicates

    -Fireflies! By Julie Brinckloe

    compound sentences

    -Come On, Rain! By Karen Hesse

    vivid verbs

    -The Man Who Walked Between The Towers By Mordicai Gerstein

    compound sentences, vivid verbs

    -Verdi By Janell Cannon

    comparative/superlative adjectives

    -Stellaluna By Janell Cannon

    apostrophes, quotation marks and dialogue

    -I Need My Monster By Amanda Noll

    quotation marks and dialogue

    -If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian

    simple sentence, adjectives

    -The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg

    conjunctions, compound sentence

    -Knots on a Counting Rope by John Archambault

    similes and personification

    -How Many Days to America? by Eve Bunting

    description for visualization

    -Grandpa’s Teeth by Rod Clement

    complex sentences

    -Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

    compound predicate, possessive pronouns

    -Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

    compound predicate, similes

    -Trouble With Trolls by Jan Brett

    quotation marks, adverbs

    -The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett

    complex sentences

    -Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

    complex sentences

    -Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow

    relative pronouns, compound sentences

    -Olive My Love by Vivian Walsh


    -The True Story of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

    long simple sentences

    -I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff

    contractions vs. possessives

    -I Wanna New Room by Karen Kaufman Orloff

    compound predicates

    -Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

    personification and onomatopoeia

    -Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

    compound predicates

    -My Great Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston

    complex sentences

    -Dandelions by Eve Bunting

    prepositional phrases

    -Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney

    compound sentences

    -Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee


    -Shortcut by Donald Crews

    relative pronouns

    -Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter

    compound sentences

    -Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

    complex sentences

    -Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

    prepositional phrases

    -The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey

    relative adverbs

    -The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin


    -Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting

    compound subjects and predicates, I or me

    -The Raft by Jim LaMarche

    vivid verbs

    -The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

    quotation marks

    I chose books that would be in most personal libraries or school media centers. All of these are personal favorites of mine!



    Studies have shown that the “traditional method” of grammar workbooks, lectures, and diagramming is not only ineffective but can be detrimental to student writing! Grammar should be taught in context, NOT isolation.

    Mentor sentences also help improve craft by revealing fantastic models of figurative language, descriptive words and phrases, and interesting sentence variation that they use as models for their own writing.

    Mentor sentences allow students to soak up the language and grammar skills through noticing, conversation, and imitation, which in turn transfers to their writing.

    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.



    Volume 1 Interactive Language Arts Notebook Companion Bundle: includes an interactive activity for each focus skill in the mentor sentence sets.

    Volume 1 Vivid Vocabulary Companion Bundle: includes vocabulary activities to use the words IN CONTEXT from the same books in all the mentor sentence sets.

    Volume 1 Mentor Sentences Modifications ADD-ON Pack: supports students with disabilities, English as a Second Language, or slow writers.

    ★ You’ll also love to use these mentor texts in reading and writing, too! Make sure to get BETTER THAN BASAL: Complete NO PREP Reading & Writing Units for 40 Popular Mentor Texts!


    ★ Get the BIG bundle with all Volume 1 Mentor Sentences, Interactive Notebooks, Modifications, Vocabulary Activities, and Reading and Writing activities for all 40 mentor texts in the volume! Check out the Biggest and BEST Yearlong Bundle for Volume 1!

    Check out these other separate mentor sentence mini-units to integrate other content!



    You don’t need to do all of the mentor sentence lessons in the order they come in the units. When I created units 1, 2, and 3, I put them in the order I used them in my classroom, so these lessons are in an order that spirals and gets progressively more difficult, but it is not necessary to stay in that order. Unit 4 was created a year later as “extra” lessons with more of my favorite books that I used throughout the year.

    Included in this bundle, there is an "At-A-Glance" document for all 40 books in Volume 1! This download will help you see all of the skills covered in Volume 1 units if you’d like to “bounce around” within the units.



    There is a Volume 2 and a Volume 3 for grades 3-5 to help prevent repetition of mentor sentence lessons among grades in the same school.

    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 © 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.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
    With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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