Yearlong Mentor Text Grammar & Reading Curriculum Bundle: Volume 1 Grades 3-5



* Open the preview for more details! *


What is in this GIANT bundle?
All 40 Mentor Sentence Lessons
All 40 Interactive Activities
MODIFICATIONS for Revision and Imitation Days
All 40 Weeks of Vivid Vocabulary
and Better Than Basal: 100+ Reading Activities & 40 Writing Prompts

PLUS: added April 2022, a BONUS mini-unit with five brand new nonfiction books to give you even more choices for your skill practice!

Maximize your teaching time by using the same book for as many skills as possible with this yearlong bundle.

★ ALL activities are also provided as links to Google Slides for Digital Learning! ★

★ Mentor Texts List:
-First Day Jitters By Julie Danneberg
-Enemy Pie By Derek Munson
-Saturdays and Teacakes By Lester Laminack
-My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother By Patricia Polacco
-Fireflies! By Julie Brinckloe
-Come On, Rain! By Karen Hesse
-The Man Who Walked Between The Towers By Mordicai Gerstein
-Verdi By Janell Cannon
-Stellaluna By Janell Cannon
-I Need My Monster By Amanda Noll
-If You Find a Rock By Peggy Christian
-The Wretched Stone By Chris Van Allsburg
-Knots on a Counting Rope By John Archambault
-How Many Days to America? By Eve Bunting
-Grandpa’s Teeth By Rod Clement
-Owl Moon By Jane Yolen
-Polar Express By Chris Van Allsburg
-Trouble With Trolls By Jan Brett
-The Three Snow Bears By Jan Brett
-Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs By Judi Barrett
-Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow
-Olive My Love by Vivian Walsh
-The True Story of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
-I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff
-I Wanna New Room by Karen Kaufman Orloff
-Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
-Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
-My Great Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston
-Dandelions by Eve Bunting
-Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney
-Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee
-Shortcut by Donald Crews
-Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter
-Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
-Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
-The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
-The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
-Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
-The Raft by Jim LaMarche
-The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco


-Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez
-Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
-The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz
-The Leaf Detective by Heather Lang
-Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews



Mentor sentences are the perfect way to teach grammar and author’s craft through examples of excellent sentences from your favorite read-aloud books!

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

**Watch a video of Mentor Sentences in ACTION!**

If you need more proof that the numerous volumes of mentor sentence curricula created by Ideas by Jivey are a best practice in the classroom, download the case study! The download presents the data collected over the 2016-2017 school year in the form of a case study.

There is a 9-page introduction in the FIRST unit with pictures included of how I use mentor sentences in my room (VERY detailed, day-by-day). In each unit, I walk you through each day’s lesson for 40 weeks- all the work is done! I’ve even done all the thinking for you when it comes to revising and imitating!

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. ★

FIRST Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit
SECOND Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit
THIRD Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit
FOURTH Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit


This will help your students who need extra support. These students might include those with disabilities, English as a Second Language, or just slow writers. Some of your students may struggle to complete the lesson on revision and imitation days for several reasons. They might be slow writers and struggle to get the sentence rewritten. They may have a hard time “seeing” the structure to imitate. Or, they may get overly descriptive and lose focus on the sentence. These modified sentence frames provide a way to help scaffold for your students. After showing the class your example of the revised or imitated sentence and discussing it, provide the sentence frames to the students who need extra support. These modified sentences are not meant for all students – you want students who can think more creatively to be allowed to do so!

Volume 1 Modifications


The interactive language activities, provided in DIGITAL AND PRINTABLE formats, give extra reinforcement of the focus skill during mentor sentences.

Interactive Language Arts Notebook for FIRST Mentor Sentence Unit
Interactive Language Arts Notebook for SECOND Mentor Sentence Unit
Interactive Language Arts Notebook for THIRD Mentor Sentence Unit
Interactive Language Arts Notebook for FOURTH Mentor Sentence Unit


Vocabulary must be taught in context for students to truly understand the words and build relationships with them, and then in turn use them in writing and speaking. Move away from lists of vocabulary words and looking up definitions, and teach students how to comprehend with this best practice bundle! I have provided activities designed on researched best practices for use with popular mentor texts to help you maximize your teaching time. There are open-ended activities and ideas provided that can be used with any words, and I encourage you to incorporate past words in with the current words using these formats for frequent repetition.

Vivid Vocabulary UNIT 1
Vivid Vocabulary UNIT 2
Vivid Vocabulary UNIT 3
Vivid Vocabulary UNIT 4


This product is JAM-PACKED with Common Core aligned lesson ideas, activities, graphic organizers, and writing prompts for 40 of your favorite mentor texts to use in grades 3-5! With over 100 graphic organizers WITH answer keys, you’ll be set for the year (and years after that, too)! It also includes the generic versions of the graphic organizers so you can use them with any book! Activities cover skills such as:
Using evidence to describe, infer, and draw conclusions
Identifying and supporting theme
Identifying and supporting character traits
Explaining figurative language
Identifying vivid language
Supporting opinions
Comparing characters
Comparing texts to media and other texts
Defining words using context clues
…and more!

There is also a writing prompt for every book that ties to the theme, idea, or topic of the book.

Complete NO PREP Reading & Writing Units for 40 Popular Mentor Texts

This download also includes the “At-A-Glance” document for all 40 books in Volume 1! This will help you plan by skill.


There is a Volume 2 and a Volume 3 for grades 3-5 to help prevent repetition of mentor sentence lessons among grades in the same school.

Check out what’s in Volume 2!
Check out what’s in Volume 3!

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

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 © 2014-2020 Ideas By Jivey, LLC
All rights reserved by author.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Not for public display.

Leave feedback to earn credits for future purchases! Become a follower to receive updates about future mentor sentence units as well!

Loader Loading...
EAD Logo Taking too long?

Reload Reload document
| Open Open in new tab