Free Mentor Sentence & Interactive Activity for Each Kindness (grades 3-5)


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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, Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. (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 in the FIRST unit with pictures included of how I use mentor sentences in my room (VERY detailed, day-by-day).

All of the books and lessons in this bundle are:
-Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
used as first lesson; adjectives
-Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna
-The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
commas in a series
-The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
possessive pronouns
-Dear Juno by Soyung Pak
-Fireboat by Maira Kalman
proper nouns
-In My Momma’s Kitchen by Jerdine Nolen
compound sentence
-Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant
abstract nouns
-Encounter by Jane Yolen
-Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher
-The Empty Pot by Demi
compound sentence
-Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People’s Ears by Verna Aardema
quotation marks
-Thank You, Sarah by Laura Halse Anderson
plural and imperative sentence
-A Wish To Be A Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
vivid verbs
-The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
prepositional phrases
-Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
complex sentences
-Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
possessive nouns
-Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
subject/verb agreement
-Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams
prepositional phrases
-The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
interrogative sentence
-Salt In His Shoes by Deloris Jordan
correlative conjunctions
-Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
-Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
ordering adjectives
-Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
vivid verbs
-Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
compound predicates
-Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman
figurative vs. literal language
-The Royal Bee by Frances and Ginger Park
-Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose
-My Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Gray
compound adjectives
-Up North at the Cabin by Marsha Wilson Chall
metaphors and similes
-Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
-Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting
relative pronouns
-Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements
complex sentences
-Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
complex sentences
-Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
relative adverbs
-Cindy Ellen by Susan Lowell
superlative adjectives
-Gleam and Glow by Eve Bunting
-Bigmama’s by Donald Crews
inverted subject/verb
-When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
compound sentence with three clauses
-The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley
vivid verbs

I chose books that would be in most personal libraries or school media centers. All of these are personal favorites of mine!

★ Get the BIG bundle with all Volume 3 Mentor Sentences, Interactive Notebooks, Modifications, Vocabulary Activities, and Reading and Writing activities for all 40 mentor texts in the volume! Check out the Biggest and BEST Yearlong Bundle for Volume 3!


*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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