Mentor Sentences Unit 1: Ten Weeks of Lessons for Emergent Readers (K-1)

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Mentor sentences model writing through excellent sentences from your favorite read-aloud books! This unit is just what you need to get started with mentor sentences in your Kindergarten or First Grade classroom. I created these with emergent readers of K & 1 in mind, but they would also be appropriate for ELL students!

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. Your emergent readers WILL BE reading AND writing every week!

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!**

TRY ONE WEEK FOR FREE with The Kissing Hand.

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!

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

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.

Please download the preview file to see the layout!

There is a detailed introduction in this unit with pictures included of how to use mentor sentences (VERY detailed, day-by-day), followed by 10 lessons for the following books:

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
-nouns

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff
-nouns

Poppleton: Neighbors by Cythia Rylant
-verbs

Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian
-verbs

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
-plurals

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

The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
-adjectives

Curious George by H.A. Rey
-adjectives

Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold by James Marshall (or any version)
-antonyms

Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse by Judy Schachner
-antonyms

I have ordered them to get progressively harder, but you could do them in any order you feel necessary.

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!

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WHAT ELSE DO I NEED?

Once you start doing mentor sentences, you won’t want to stop! Make sure to grab the SECOND set, the THIRD set, and the seasonal set for K-1 Emergent Readers.

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!


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DO YOU LOVE TO SAVE MONEY?

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!

Don’t forget to download this Bonus Lesson for the book, The Snow Globe Family!

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HELP ME PLAN!
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.

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WHAT ABOUT OTHER GRADE LEVELS?

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


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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 © 2015 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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Mentor Sentences Unit 1: Ten Weeks of Lessons for Emergent
Mentor Sentences Unit 1: Ten Weeks of Lessons for Emergent
Mentor Sentences Unit 1: Ten Weeks of Lessons for Emergent
Mentor Sentences Unit 1: Ten Weeks of Lessons for Emergent