Daily Grammar Mentor Sentence Units Bundle (Grades K-1): 40 Weeks!



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Mentor sentences model writing through excellent sentences from your favorite read-aloud books! This bundle is just what you need to implement mentor sentences in your Kindergarten or First Grade classroom. I created these with emergent readers of K & 1 in mind, but they would also be appropriate for ELL students!

These mentor sentences are part of a balanced literacy approach. Students will listen to you read the mentor text, identify/notice words, punctuation, and parts of a sentence, read the words of the mentor sentence, arrange the words to re-form the sentence, learn about a part of speech and talk about other words that could fit into the sentence, imitate the sentence by writing in their own words, read their sentence, illustrate their sentence, and even create a class book that can be read over and over again. There is also a “quiz” for each week over the skill you worked on. Your emergent readers WILL BE reading AND writing every week!

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

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.

**Watch a video of Mentor Sentences in ACTION with ELL students in Kindergarten!**

**Watch a video of Mentor Sentences in ACTION with first graders!**

TRY ONE WEEK FOR FREE with The Kissing Hand.

Do you have EARLY emergent readers? Check out these units!
Mentor Sentences for Early Emergent ReadersFall and Winter Mini-Unit for Early Emergent Readers!
Snowy Winter Mini-Unit for Early Emergent Readers!

Not sure if you should get the Early Emergent or Emergent Mentor Sentences? Read this post to see which set you should get!


Here are the links to each unit so you can see what is in this bundle:
Ten Weeks of Lessons for Emergent Readers
Unit 2: Ten Weeks of Lessons for Emergent Readers
Unit 3: Ten Weeks of Lessons for Emergent Readers
Ten Weeks of SEASONAL Lessons for Emergent Readers

I walk you through each day’s lesson for 40 weeks- all the work is done! Each lesson includes the teacher sentence page, directions/guidance for each day for the teacher, the student sentence page with words out of order (students cut and glue them back in order), a flap activity for the skill of the week, the sentence frame for the teacher imitation, the student imitation page provided with handwriting assistance and without, a class book cover in color and black and white, and a quiz over the week’s focus skill.

There are 40 lessons for the following books:

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

Poppleton: Neighbors by Cythia Rylant

Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

Curious George by H.A. Rey

Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold by James Marshall (or any version)

Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse by Judy Schachner

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
-adjectives (colors)

My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
-jobs/skills (sentence includes dialogue)

Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch
-plurals (sentence includes dialogue)

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

George and Martha Back in Town (The High Board) by James Marshall

Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
-past tense verbs

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
-time words (past and future)

Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin
-present tense verbs

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
-past/present verbs

Biggest, Strongest, Fastest by Steve Jenkins

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Melanie Watt

Fireflies! by Julie Brinckloe
-prepositional phrases

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
-pronouns/verb agreement

Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
-possessive pronouns

When Sophie Gets Angry by Molly Bang

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
-pronouns and attributes

I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

The Teacher From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
-ordinal numbers

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandra

Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler

Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson

The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler

The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Night Before The 100th Day of School by Natasha Wing

Olive My Love by Vivian Walsh

That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting

Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg

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. If you don’t have them in your personal library, check your school media center!


Grab the NONFICTION Animal Mentor Sentence Pack!

Do you do an author study of Robert Munsch?
Check out the Robert Munsch Mentor Sentences Mini-Unit!

Do you do an author study of Kevin Henkes?
Check out the Kevin Henkes Mentor Sentences Mini-Unit!

You’ll also love to use these mentor texts in reading and writing, too! Make sure to get BETTER THAN BASAL: Complete NO PREP Reading & Writing Units for 40 Popular Mentor Texts!

Do you already have the first set? You can buy just the second, third, and fourth units in a bundle.

There is a BIG bundle with all Emergent K-1 Mentor Sentences, Interactive Activities, and Reading and Writing activities for all 40 books! Check out the Biggest and BEST Bundle for K-1 (Emergent)!

You can also choose to buy all 40 weeks of Mentor Sentences in a Hard Copy Book, which will also come with the digital version!

Don’t forget to download this Bonus Lesson for the book, The Snow Globe Family!

You don’t need to do all of the mentor sentence lessons in the order they come in the units. When I created the numbered units, I put them in an order that progressed in difficulty, so these lessons spiral, but it is not necessary to stay in that order. The seasonal unit was created with holiday-themed books that can be used throughout the year.

There is a free download of the “At-A-Glance” for all 40 books in the Emergent K-1 sets! This download will help you see all of the skills covered in the units if you’d like to “bounce around” within the units.


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
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!

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.*

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