Mentor Sentences NONFICTION Unit: Ten Weeks of Animal Mentor Texts (K-2)

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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 kindergartners and first 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 nonfiction unit is just what you need to continue mentor sentences in your Kindergarten, First Grade, or Second Grade classroom while studying nonfiction and/or animals. The lessons provided are great for emergent readers, but second grade teachers, you can adapt this to your mentor sentence time as well by having students do more independently in their notebook instead of on the provided pages. (Read more here about mentor sentences in second grade.)

These mentor sentences are part of a balanced literacy approach. Students will listen to you read the mentor text, identify/notice words, punctuation, and parts of a sentence, read the words of the mentor sentence, arrange the words to re-form the sentence, learn about a part of speech and talk about other words that could fit into the sentence, imitate the sentence by writing in their own words, read their sentence, illustrate their sentence, and even create a class book that can be read over and over again. There is also a "quiz" for each week over the skill you worked on (two versions provided: one for emergent students and one for second graders). Your emergent readers WILL BE reading AND writing every week! DON'T FORGET to grab the NONFICTION Animals Better Than Basal Companion for this set!

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

**Watch a video of Mentor Sentences in ACTION with ELL students in Kindergarten!**

**Watch a video of Mentor Sentences in ACTION with first graders!**

Do you have EARLY emergent readers? Check out these units!
Mentor Sentences for Early Emergent Readers
Fall and Winter Mini-Unit for Early Emergent Readers!
Snowy Winter Mini-Unit for Early Emergent Readers!

Not sure if you should get the Early Emergent or Emergent Mentor Sentences? Read this post to see which set you should get!


I walk you through each day's lesson for 10 weeks- all the work is done! Each lesson includes the teacher sentence page, directions/guidance for each day for the teacher, the student sentence page with words out of order (students cut and glue them back in order), a flap activity for the skill of the week, the sentence frame for the teacher imitation, the student imitation page provided with handwriting assistance and without, a class book cover in color and black and white, and a quiz over the week's focus skill (two versions provided: one for emergent students and one for second graders).

Please download the preview file to see the layout!

There are 10 lessons for the following books:

Never Smile At A Monkey by Steve Jenkins

What Do You Do When Something Wants To Eat You? by Steve Jenkins

Chickens Aren’t The Only Ones by Ruth Heller

Owls by Gail Gibbons

Spiders by Gail Gibbons

Bats by Gail Gibbons

One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies

The Moonflower by Peter and Jean Loewer

What If You Had Animal Ears!? by Sandra Markle

What If You Had Animal Hair!? by Sandra Markle

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. If you don't have them in your personal library, check your school media center!


DON'T FORGET to grab the NONFICTION Animals Better Than Basal Companion for this set!

Make sure to grab the FIRST set for K-1 Emergent Readers, complete with detailed directions and pictures.

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!


If you want to get all of the sets now to save money, you can buy the BUNDLE FOR THE WHOLE YEAR!

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!

You don’t need to do all of the mentor sentence lessons in the order they come in the units. When I created the numbered units, 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 seasonal unit was created with holiday-themed books that can be used throughout the year.

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


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 (Emergent Readers)
Second Grade

There are TWO volumes for grades 3-5 to help prevent repetition of lessons and books within the same school:
Volume 1 for Grades 3-5
Volume 2 for Grades 3-5

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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All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey.
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Mentor Sentences NONFICTION Unit: Ten Weeks of Animal Ment
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Mentor Sentences NONFICTION Unit: Ten Weeks of Animal Ment
Mentor Sentences NONFICTION Unit: Ten Weeks of Animal Ment