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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
There is also a SEASONAL mini-unit available!
For more ideas about mentor sentences, follow my Pinterest board!