Gail Gibbons Mentor Sentences & Interactive Activities Mini-Unit (Grades 3-5)


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

This unit will be a great way to use mentor sentences during your science integration with Gail Gibbons’s books!

It does not include explicit directions of how to implement mentor sentences in your room- these directions are in the Volume 1, FIRST Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence UnitVolume 2, FIRST Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit, or Volume 3, FIRST Ten Weeks: Mentor Sentence Unit products for sale.

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

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


I walk you through each day’s lesson for 6 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, an interactive activity with the focus skill, and a quiz aligned with CCSS with answer key.

Please download the preview file to see the layout. There are 6 lessons for the following books:

complex sentences

-The Moon Book
prepositional phrases

commas in a series *provided with & without Oxford Comma

compound predicate with vivid verbs

relative adverbs

comparative and superlative adjectives

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


Do you love to INTEGRATE science into your language arts time? Check out these paired texts sets that cover the same topics included in the mentor sentences lessons in this pack!
Bats, Owls, and Spiders Paired Texts [DIGITAL VERSION]
Bats, Owls, and Spiders Paired Texts
Natural Disasters Paired Texts [DIGITAL VERSION]
Natural Disasters Paired Texts

Get more nonfiction mentor sentences in this ten week unit.

Check out the other Mentor Sentences MINI-UNITS to integrate content!


There are three volumes for grades 3-5 to help prevent repetition of mentor sentence lessons among grades in the same school.
Check out what’s in Volume 1!
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 © 2017 Ideas By Jivey, LLC
All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Not for public display.

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