This packet contains resources to teach third grade Common Core Language Standards using aspects from Jeff Anderson’s book Mechanically Inclined.
This purchase includes:
-A scenario video to introduce the students to the format of the curriculum
-24 “missions” each focusing on a different CCSS language standard
-A “Top Secret Mission” folder with standard being taught (great for a focus wall)
-A poster for each mission highlighting the part of speech with a definition, when to use, and several examples
-48 mentor sentences to use as “invitations to notice” (one from a fiction book, one from a nonfiction book for each mission)*
-Optional cut and paste pieces to use in interactive notebooks
-Sentence Spy award for students whose sentences have been chosen as the “sentence of the week”
-Visual Game board students can move pieces on to see their progress with the Sentence Spies Program
-Certified Sentence Spy badge for students who complete the program
NEW: Cut, Color & Paste Notebook Covers to glue on Sentence Spy Notebooks. 3 to choose from!
This curriculum works best in a writer’s workshop, but can easily be modified to other programs. It is quick and can be done in just a few minutes each day. Each of the missions should typically be explored over one week. Day 1 will probably take the longest, as you will be introducing the concept to the students and giving examples of the proper way to implement the grammatical rule in writing.
During the other days of the week, you may have students copy the mentor sentence into their writer’s notebooks (use cut and paste tags on pgs. 103-105 if you’d like) and then spend time using that particular rule in their writing for the day, or searching for examples of the rule in their independent reading times.
The program is very flexible, and though you may use the same methods each week, each particular grammar rule may lend itself to be taught and explored just a little bit differently.
For a little fun, you may want to blow up the game board (pg. 107) and “case solved” pieces (pg. 108) and cover the mission with the piece when you’ve completed it. At the end of the 24 missions, provide students with the Certified Sentence Spy badges (pg. 109). If you are using other portions of Jeff Anderson’s, (and I HIGHLY recommend that you do!) you may also want to use the blue ribbon on page 106 to award students whose sentences are selected to be displayed for exhibiting excellent use of the grammar skill being covered.