Free Mentor Sentence & Interactive Activity for Diary of a Worm (2nd Grade)


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This free sample provides a mentor sentence and interactive activity designed to be used over the course of a week with the mentor text, Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. (Book not included.)

Teaching your daily grammar lessons with the mentor sentences routine is the only way students will truly learn to apply grammar and language skills to their writing! No boring worksheets, lectures, sentences filled with mistakes, or rote drills that don’t stick…

Studies have shown that the “traditional method” of grammar workbooks, lectures, and diagramming is not only ineffective but can be detrimental to student writing! Grammar should be taught in context, NOT isolation.

Mentor sentences also help improve craft by revealing fantastic models of figurative language, descriptive words and phrases, and interesting sentence variation that they use as models for their own writing.

Mentor sentences allow students to soak up the language and grammar skills through noticing, conversation, and imitation, which in turn transfers to their writing.

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


There is a Sample Vocabulary Lesson for this book, as well as free Better Than Basal Reading and Writing Activities for this book, if you’d like to try it out.

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.


The yearlong bundle of ready-to-teach mentor sentence lessons will have students working with one sentence from a favorite read-aloud mentor text in a different way each day for just 10-15 minutes!

Teachers who enjoy using mentor texts to cover content and maximize teaching time will love adding these mentor sentence lessons to their toolbox.

For each week’s lesson, you will guide students in discussion of the main focus on one or two grammar and language skills, but they are also exposed to new and previous grammar skills, too! This spiral learning truly makes an impact on their retention of grammar understanding and writing abilities. Students of ANY ability can use mentor sentences; because of the consistency, students know what to expect each day, and the spiral learning keeps those important skills in front of them week after week.

Students will work on revision skills each week. They will also imitate the author’s style and structure. Both of these steps in the mentor sentence routine help cement the transition of grammar, language, and style they’ve learned to their own writing.

Finally, use the formative assessments provided to find out what should be reviewed in future weeks.

You don’t need to be a grammar guru to implement mentor sentences. When you purchase mentor sentences from Ideas by Jivey, you get a “cheat sheet” for all 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 for display
•the student sentence page to glue into notebooks
•a lesson plan page with answers for each day’s routine
•a formative assessment/quiz with answer key (provided in print and digital format) which also includes editing practice

There is a 9-page introduction with pictures included of how I use mentor sentences in my room (VERY detailed, day-by-day) in the FIRST unit.

I have also used handwriting lines on the quiz to help students with proper letter formation.

Here are all of the books and skills in the bundle:
-First Day Jitters By Julie Danneberg
(proper nouns)
-Officer Buckle and Gloria By Peggy Rathmann
(proper nouns)
-Memoirs of a Goldfish By Devin Scillian
(proper nouns)
-Chrysanthemum By Kevin Henkes
(plural nouns, proper nouns)
-Scaredy Squirrel By Melanie Watt
(possessive nouns, proper nouns)
-Skippyjon Jones By Judy Schachner
(possessive nouns, proper nouns)
-If You Give A Mouse A Cookie By Laura Joffe Numeroff
-The Paperboy By Dav Pilkey
-Stellaluna By Janell Cannon
(plural nouns, possessives)
-The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything By Linda Williams
(possessives, contractions)
-The Day The Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt
(plural nouns, change y to i and add -es rule)
-Diary of a Worm By Doreen Cronin
(compound words)
-Diary of a Fly By Doreen Cronin
-‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving By Dav Pilkey
-Snowmen at Night By Caralyn Buehner
(adjectives and nouns)
-Snowmen at Christmas By Caralyn Buehner
(capitalize holidays)
-The Polar Express By Chris Van Allsburg
(compound words)
-Gingerbread Baby By Jan Brett
(vivid verbs-shades of meaning)
-The Three Snow Bears By Jan Brett
(collective nouns)
-Three Cheers for Tacky By Helen Lester
(ending punctuation)
-100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler
(past tense irregular verbs)
-Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller
(past tense irregular verbs)
-Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat
(proper nouns)
-Duck For President by Doreen Cronin
(proper nouns)
-What If You Had Animal Teeth!? by Sandra Markle
(apostrophes in contractions and possessives)
-Sweet Tooth by Margie Palatini
(irregular plural nouns)
-Moosetache by Margie Palatini
(adjectives-shades of meaning)
-Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
(reflexive pronouns)
-The Umbrella by Jan Brett
-Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel
(past tense verbs)
-The Important Book by Margeret Wise Brown
(explain why something is important)
-Parts by Tedd Arnold
-Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
(proper nouns)
-Corduroy by Don Freeman
-Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
-A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams
(irregular verbs)
-Stone Soup by Ann McGovern
-Smelly Socks by Robert Munsch
(plural nouns)
-Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
(vivid verb-shades of meaning)
-Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
(ending punctuation)

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. I chose books that would be in most personal libraries or school media centers.

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*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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