September 2015 - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom
I can't believe October is upon us!! The authors of The Primary Peach want to make your life easier and help you plan this month! I am sharing some fabulous resources for teaching multiplication in third and fourth grade. The best part: many of them are freebies or ideas from blog posts! Click either of the images below to download the PDF. Once you are on the PDF, click around on all of the images to visit the resources!
Fabulous resources for teaching multiplication with Ideas by Jivey
Fabulous resources for teaching multiplication with Ideas by Jivey
Make sure to visit The Primary Peach to see other posts sharing amazing resources!

After a few hundred hours of work, this bad boy is finally complete! Just like Volume 1 Better Than Basal, the Volume 2 Better Than Basal is jam-packed with tons of awesome Common Core aligned lesson ideas, activities, graphic organizers, and themed writing prompts, all great for grades 3-5! All of the books in the unit are the same ones in the Volume 2 Mentor Sentence Units.

You can try a unit for free with the book, When Lightning Comes in a Jar! There is also a free mentor sentence lesson and interactive activity to go along with this book!
But wait! If you buy this gigantic pack of activities by OCTOBER 6th, you can also receive the **soon to be updated** Nonfiction Companion for FREE! There is a link on the table of contents page in the digital download to the form you will fill out to receive the free Nonfiction Companion. ON OCTOBER 7 (not before), I will email the file to everyone that fills out the form by the end of the day October 6. Currently, the nonfiction companion has five of the books also used in Volume 2, Unit 4 Mentor Sentences. It will be updated to include all ten! Currently, the nonfiction unit is $5, but the price will go up to reflect the additional books. (If you already own the nonfiction companion, be looking for a revised update on your "my purchases" page October 7!)

Were you holding out for the Biggest and BEST Bundle with all the mentor sentences, interactive notebook activities, and reading and writing activities? The price has been lowered to include the free Nonfiction Companion until October 7! :)

Or maybe you are a hard copy, print-my-book-so-I-don't-have-to teacher! You can get the printed version of Volume 2 Better Than Basal and receive the digital version of the nonfiction companion for free, too!

It's a win-win-win for everyone!

Thanks so much for being awesome followers! I hope you love this newest pack!

Not too long ago, I overheard a conversation between teachers about whether it was appropriate to use picture books in 5th and 6th grade... I was totally eavesdropping, and if that wasn't already rude enough, it would have been super rude to butt into their conversation and scream, "YES!!! USE PICTURE BOOKS!!!!!!!" So, I held my tongue there, but I don't have to hold it here. :)

Who DOESN'T love to read picture books? I know I still do as an adult... I am, after all, a self-proclaimed bookaholic. A cute, catchy cover will get me every time!

I had a "books of the month" shelf in my 4th grade classroom that I would fill with seasonal picture books- all of my students (higher and lower level readers alike) LOVED to visit that shelf! That is one reason I include seasonal books in my mentor sentence units. As if you needed an excuse to read a fun book like Polar Express or I Need My Monster, right?

But besides that, here are FOUR great reasons you should be using mentor texts in your room:
Picture Books are for everyone with Ideas by Jivey

1. The story is usually done in 32 pages. When you refer to parts of the story in your lessons, most likely, students are going to remember. You can read a great picture book one day, and then use it for various lessons for days after that! Often times, you can teach SEVERAL standards with one picture book! (That is, after all, why Better Than Basal Volume 1 and Volume 2 was born!) They make great examples when writing memoirs, too. Patricia Polacco has some awesome books to demonstrate small moment writing, like My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother.
2. Picture books hold students' attention with illustrations and vivid language throughout. Seriously- some of the BEST examples I've found of figurative language, vivid verbs, and sensory details come from picture books. Books like Firefly Mountain, Twilight Comes Twice, and Come On Rain are some great ones that come to mind.
3. There are so many amazing historical fiction books, science fiction texts, and even math literature! Teaching about explorers or Christopher Columbus? Try Encounter. Teaching the American Revolution? Katie's Trunk is awesome! If you are teaching about weather, Cloud Dance and Water Dance are excellent additions! I even have an entire set of Mentor Sentences for Math Literature! We know there isn't enough time in the school day to read a book before every lesson (as much as we'd like to) so spread that book as much as you can!
4. Before you start throwing things at me through the computer screen, please do not think I'm saying to never read a novel with your students again. Chapter books, extended texts, novels... whatever you want to call them... are still so important! Students have to build stamina and stick with a story that really builds- I totally agree. But students also need to see, hear, and understand so many different styles to become better readers and writers. What better way than to read mentor texts all year long?

Need to build up your library? Check out this post about Buying Books on a Budget!

Mentor sentences for emergent readers with Ideas by Jivey
Upper grades had them first, then second and first grade teachers got them... I couldn't leave out my kinder friends, now could I?? Mentor sentences for emergent readers look VERY different than the other grades, so I'd like to take some time to talk about them in this post. These are perfect to use whole group or small group (if you have only some students who need it)- and are ideal for any student who is still in the emergent reader phase... not just kindergarten!

In this post, I had two fabulous teachers share how they are using these mentor sentences in their classroom through pictures. They are using two different books/lessons, but you'll still get the idea of each activity. :)

There is also a video of me teaching mentor sentences to Kindergarten ELL students at the end of this post, as well as a freebie for you to try! I hope you enjoy learning how to implement these in your own classroom!

Mentor Sentences for Kindergarten take more of a balanced literacy approach than the other grades. There is still a time to notice and a time to imitate, but students are also practicing reading along with writing. To begin, students will listen to you read a book- fun books like Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus and Very Hungry Caterpillar are included in the first set. Then you will display a sentence from the book and practice reading it together.
Mentor sentences for emergent readers with Ideas by Jivey
Students should tell you what they notice in the sentence- they might see specific letters or words they recognize... they might tell you which words are the shortest or longest... maybe even what punctuation they see. You can ask questions to prompt them if needed. As the year progresses, of course, they will notice more. Reading the sentence every day, multiple times, will help in their word recognition! Several sentences in the first set repeat some of those important sight words they need to learn.

To further help them with word recognition, students will complete a cut and paste activity where they will read the words mixed up and put them back in the correct order of the sentence. You may want to cut apart the words to ensure they stay in one piece, or to speed things along.
Mentor sentences for emergent readers with Ideas by Jivey
Again- lots of reading and re-reading of the sentence!
Mentor sentences for emergent readers with Ideas by Jivey
Once they have better recognition of the words, they should connect with the topic of the sentence. In this case, they would connect with vehicles or "things that take you places." I have provided picture cards with words that help students connect with the sentence. Then it's time for shared writing! They get to practice imitating the sentence with you!
Mentor sentences for emergent readers with Ideas by Jivey
After practice with you, they can imitate on the activity I provided, which has a blank in the sentence. You might want them to use one of the picture cards to help them spell their word, or you may need to write the word for them.
Mentor sentences for emergent readers with Ideas by Jivey
Students will cut out the words of their own sentence (or again, you may want to do it for them). Then, they should practice putting the sentence back in order! You might want to keep them in a baggy so they can practice reading and ordering the words without losing pieces.

Mentor sentences for emergent readers with Ideas by Jivey
Then of course, the best part of all- students get to illustrate their sentence!
Mentor sentences for emergent readers with Ideas by Jivey

Mentor sentences for emergent readers with Ideas by Jivey
How cute are these?!

If your students have moved out of the "EARLY" emergent reader phase, you can check out Mentor Sentences for Emergent Readers (K-1)! To see a side-by-side comparison of the Kindergarten and Kinder-First sets, check this post out!

If you'd like to see Mentor Sentences for Kindergarten in action, watch this video:

And if you'd like to try them out in your own classroom, grab this freebie from my TPT store!
Mentor sentences for emergent readers Freebie with Ideas by Jivey

There is also a SEASONAL mini-unit available!
Mini Unit Mentor sentences for emergent readers with Ideas by Jivey

If you want even more IN-DEPTH step-by-step help with implementing mentor sentences, check out my courses!

For more ideas about mentor sentences, follow my Pinterest board!
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