Vocabulary BUNDLE for Just the Basics (grades 3-5)


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Vocabulary must be taught in context for students to truly understand the words and build relationships with them, and then in turn use them in writing and speaking. Move away from lists of vocabulary words and looking up definitions, and teach students how to comprehend with this best practice bundle!


In this Vivid Vocabulary Bundle, I have provided activities designed on researched best practices for use with popular mentor texts to help you maximize your teaching time. These are the same mentor texts used in JUST THE BASICS mentor sentences, interactive activities, and Better Than Basal Reading and Writing Activities.

Click here for UNIT 1:
-Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
-Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna
-The Adventures of Spider: How Spider Got a Thin Waist by Joyce Cooper Arkhurst
-The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
-My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco
-Dear Juno by Soyung Pak
-Fireboat by Maira Kalman
-Saturdays and Teacakes by Lester Laminack
-Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
-When Lightning Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polacco

Click here for UNIT 2:
-Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee
-Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
-Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
-Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
-Titanicat by Marty Crisp
-Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams
-In My Momma’s Kitchen by Jerdine Nolen
-Hey Little Ant! by Phillip M. Hoose
-Verdi by Janell Cannon
-The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor

Click here for UNIT 3:
-Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
-Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
-Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
-If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian
-Animals Nobody Loves by Seymour Simon
-OWLS by Gail Gibbons
-Fireflies! Julie Brinckloe
-The Empty Pot by Demi
-The Memory String by Eve Bunting
-Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne

Click here for UNIT 4:
-My School’s A Zoo! by Stu Smith
-The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
-Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
-Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy
-True Story of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
-I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff
-Postcards from Pluto by Loreen Leedy
-Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema
-Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
-Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco

Please look at the preview to see what is included! Every mentor text “set” of activities includes the “What Do You Think?” page for context application and the “Show What You Know” page to formatively assess students. The other activities vary based on the text and the vocabulary words.

View a free sample set (found in this set as well as Volume 1) to see the layout HERE.

There are open-ended activities and ideas provided that can be used with any words, and I encourage you to incorporate past words in with the current words using these formats for frequent repetition.

★ 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!


There is a Mentor Sentence Bundle with all of the same mentor texts featured in this pack. You can also get the Interactive Language Arts Notebook Companion Bundle for the mentor sentences!

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!

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!

Copyright © 2018 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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