Daily Grammar Mentor Sentence (JUST THE BASICS) Bundle (Grades 3-5): 40 Weeks!


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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…

This 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!

All of the lessons in this set cover foundational, basic skills and are compiled from Volumes 1, 2, and 3. I have had requests for this from teachers who teach special education or students with very low grammar and writing skills.


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
-Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna
simple predicates (verbs)
-The Adventures of Spider: How Spider Got a Thin Waist by Joyce Cooper Arkhurst
simple predicates (verbs)
-The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
commas in a series
-My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco
commas in a series, subject/predicate
-Dear Juno by Soyung Pak
adverbs, subject/predicate
-Fireboat by Maira Kalman
proper nouns
-Saturdays and Teacakes by Lester Laminack
proper nouns
-Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
vivid verbs
-When Lightning Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polacco
vivid verbs
-Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee
-Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
verb tenses
-Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
prepositional phrases
-Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
prepositional phrases
-Titanicat by Marty Crisp
prepositional phrases
-Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams
prepositional phrases
-In My Momma’s Kitchen by Jerdine Nolen
conjunctions and proper nouns
-Hey Little Ant! by Phillip M. Hoose
-Verdi by Janell Cannon
comparative/superlative adjectives
-The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor
comparative/superlative adjectives
-Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
-Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
adjectives and subject/predicate
-Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
conjunctions in compound sentences
-If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian
adjectives and simple/compound identification
-Animals Nobody Loves by Seymour Simon
conjunctions in compound sentences
-OWLS by Gail Gibbons
simple/compound identification
-Fireflies! Julie Brinckloe
subjects/predicates in compound sentences
-The Empty Pot by Demi
simple/compound identification
-The Memory String by Eve Bunting
simple/compound identification
-Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne
adjectives and adverbs
-My School’s A Zoo! by Stu Smith
possessive pronouns
-The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
possessive pronouns
-Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
possessive nouns
-Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy
possessive nouns
-True Story of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
-I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff
possessives and contractions
-Postcards from Pluto by Loreen Leedy
possessives and contractions
-Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema
quotation marks
-Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
quotation marks
-Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
quotation marks

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



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!

**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.


★ Just the Basics Interactive Language Arts Notebook Companion Bundle: includes an interactive activity for each focus skill in the mentor sentence sets.

★ Just the Basics Vivid Vocabulary Companion: includes vocabulary activities to use the words IN CONTEXT from the same books in this mentor sentence set.

★ Just the Basics Mentor Sentences Modifications ADD-ON Pack: supports students with disabilities, English as a Second Language, or slow writers.

★ 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!


★ Get the BIG bundle with all Just the Basics 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 Just the Basics!

★ Check out these other separate mentor sentence mini-units to integrate other content!

You don’t need to do all of the mentor sentence lessons in the order they come in the units. When I created units 1, 2, and 3, I put them in the order I used them in my classroom, so these lessons are in an order that spirals and gets progressively more difficult, but it is not necessary to stay in that order. Unit 4 was created a year later as “extra” lessons with more of my favorite books that I used throughout the year.

Included in this bundle, there is an “At-A-Glance” document for all 40 books in the Just the Basics sets. This download will help you see all of the skills covered in the Just the Basics units if you’d like to “bounce around” within the units.


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.*

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All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey.
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