Mentor Sentence Units Bundle (Grade 2): 40 Weeks!

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Mentor sentences are the perfect way to teach grammar and author's craft through examples of excellent sentences from your favorite read-aloud books! Mentor sentences can absolutely be done with first and second graders, too! Teachers will just need to provide a lot more scaffolding and guidance in the lower grades than they would with the upper grades. This bundle is just what you need to implement mentor sentences in your classroom all year. I created these with second graders in mind, but it has been successful with first graders as well!

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

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I have bundled ALL FOUR of my Second Grade Mentor Sentence Units, saving you $6 if you buy the bundle! You'll be set for the whole school year! Here are the links to each unit so you can see what is in this bundle: FIRST Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit, SECOND Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit, THIRD Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit and FOURTH Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit.

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

There is a 9-page introduction with pictures included of how I use mentor sentences in my room (VERY detailed, day-by-day) in the FIRST unit. In all units, I walk you through each day's lesson 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! :) Just think, what a deal- less than $1 per week! 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. ★

I have also used handwriting lines on the quiz to help students with proper letter formation.

Here are all of the books and skills in the bundle:

-First Day Jitters By Julie Danneberg

(proper nouns)

-Officer Buckle and Gloria By Peggy Rathmann

(proper nouns)

-Memoirs of a Goldfish By Devin Scillian

(proper nouns)

-Chrysanthemum By Kevin Henkes

(plural nouns, proper nouns)

-Scaredy Squirrel By Melanie Watt

(possessive nouns, proper nouns)

-Skippyjon Jones By Judy Schachner

(possessive nouns, proper nouns)

-If You Give A Mouse A Cookie By Laura Joffe Numeroff


-The Paperboy By Dav Pilkey


-Stellaluna By Janell Cannon

(plural nouns, possessives)

-The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything By Linda Williams

(possessives, contractions)

-The Day The Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt

(plural nouns, change y to i and add -es rule)

-Diary of a Worm By Doreen Cronin

(compound words)

-Diary of a Fly By Doreen Cronin


-‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving By Dav Pilkey


-Snowmen at Night By Caralyn Buehner

(adjectives and nouns)

-Snowmen at Christmas By Caralyn Buehner

(capitalize holidays)

-The Polar Express By Chris Van Allsburg

(compound words)

-Gingerbread Baby By Jan Brett

(vivid verbs-shades of meaning)

-The Three Snow Bears By Jan Brett

(collective nouns)

-Three Cheers for Tacky By Helen Lester

(ending punctuation)

-100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler

(past tense irregular verbs)

-Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller

(past tense irregular verbs)

-Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat

(proper nouns)

-Duck For President by Doreen Cronin

(proper nouns)

-What If You Had Animal Teeth!? by Sandra Markle

(apostrophes in contractions and possessives)

-Sweet Tooth by Margie Palatini

(irregular plural nouns)

-Moosetache by Margie Palatini

(adjectives-shades of meaning)

-Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

(reflexive pronouns)

-The Umbrella by Jan Brett


-Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel

(past tense verbs)

-The Important Book by Margeret Wise Brown

(explain why something is important)

-Parts by Tedd Arnold


-Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

(proper nouns)

-Corduroy by Don Freeman


-Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin


-A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams

(irregular verbs)

-Stone Soup by Ann McGovern


-Smelly Socks by Robert Munsch

(plural nouns)

-Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

(vivid verb-shades of meaning)

-Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

(ending punctuation)

As a former first and second grade teacher, I used to LOVE reading these books, so I know many of you do, too! They are definitely some of my favorites. I chose books that would be in most personal libraries or school media centers.



There is a BUNDLE of Interactive Language Arts Notebook Companions! These sets includes an interactive activity for each focus skill in the mentor sentence sets. Every mentor sentence unit has a companion interactive notebook to help you teach and/or review the skill for the week!

You might also be interested in the Second Grade Mentor Sentences Modifications ADD-ON Pack which will support 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 in Grade 2!

Grab the NONFICTION Animal Mentor Sentence Pack!

Do you do an author study of Robert Munsch?

Check out the Robert Munsch Mentor Sentences Mini-Unit!

Do you do an author study of Kevin Henkes?

Check out the Kevin Henkes Mentor Sentences Mini-Unit!



Do you already own the first set? There is a bundle with the second, third, and fourth units only!

You can also choose to buy all 40 weeks of Mentor Sentences in a Hard Copy Book, which will also come with the digital version!

There is also now a BIG bundle with all Mentor Sentences, Modifications for Revising and Imitating, Language Arts Interactive Notebooks, Reading Activities, Writing Prompts, and the Vivid Vocabulary Companions for all 40 books! Check out the Biggest and BEST Yearlong Bundle for Second Grade!



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 an order that progressed in difficulty, so these lessons spiral, but it is not necessary to stay in that order. The first three units are more seasonally appropriate for beginning, middle, and end of the year, and then Unit 4 was created with “anytime” books that can be used throughout the year.

There is a free download of the "At-A-Glance" for all 40 books in Second Grade! This download will help you see all of the skills covered in the units if you’d like to “bounce around” within them.



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

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!


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.*

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