Volume 1 for Grades 3-5

40 Weeks of Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading, and Writing Activities

Although the listing says this is a "course," please note, this is not a course, but the following downloadable curriculum:

You don’t need to do all of the lessons in the order they come in the units, although you can do 1-3 in order if you'd like. 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.

There is a 9-page introduction with pictures included of how I use mentor sentences in my room (VERY detailed, day-by-day). In each unit, I walk you through each day's lesson for 40 weeks- all the work is done! I've even done all the thinking for you when it comes to revising and imitating! :)

All of the books and lessons in this bundle are:
-First Day Jitters By Julie Danneberg
simple sentences, possessives
-Enemy Pie By Derek Munson
adjectives, subjects and predicates
-Saturdays and Teacakes By Lester Laminack
proper nouns
-My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother By Patricia Polacco
commas in a series, subjects and predicates
-Fireflies! By Julie Brinckloe
compound sentences
-Come On, Rain! By Karen Hesse
vivid verbs
-The Man Who Walked Between The Towers By Mordicai Gerstein
compound sentences, vivid verbs
-Verdi By Janell Cannon
comparative/superlative adjectives
-Stellaluna By Janell Cannon
apostrophes, quotation marks and dialogue
-I Need My Monster By Amanda Noll
quotation marks and dialogue
-If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian
simple sentence, adjectives
-The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg
conjunctions, compound sentence
-Knots on a Counting Rope by John Archambault
similes and personification
-How Many Days to America? by Eve Bunting
description for visualization
-Grandpa’s Teeth by Rod Clement
complex sentences
-Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
compound predicate, possessive pronouns
-Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
compound predicate, similes
-Trouble With Trolls by Jan Brett
quotation marks, adverbs
-The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
complex sentences
-Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
complex sentences
-Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow
relative pronouns, compound sentences
-Olive My Love by Vivian Walsh
-The True Story of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
long simple sentences
-I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff
contractions vs. possessives
-I Wanna New Room by Karen Kaufman Orloff
compound predicates
-Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
personification and onomatopoeia
-Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
compound predicates
-My Great Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston
complex sentences
-Dandelions by Eve Bunting
prepositional phrases
-Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney
compound sentences
-Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee
-Shortcut by Donald Crews
relative pronouns
-Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter
compound sentences
-Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
complex sentences
-Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
prepositional phrases
-The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
relative adverbs
-The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
-Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
compound subjects and predicates, I or me
-The Raft by Jim LaMarche
vivid verbs
-The Junkyard Wonders 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!

This will help your students who need extra support. These students might include those with disabilities, English as a Second Language, or just slow writers. Some of your students may struggle to complete the lesson on revision and imitation days for several reasons. They might be slow writers and struggle to get the sentence rewritten. They may have a hard time “seeing” the structure to imitate. Or, they may get overly descriptive and lose focus on the sentence. These modified sentence frames provide a way to help scaffold for your students. After showing the class your example of the revised or imitated sentence and discussing it, provide the sentence frames to the students who need extra support. These modified sentences are not meant for all students – you want students who can think more creatively to be allowed to do so!

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! I have provided activities designed on researched best practices for use with popular mentor texts to help you maximize your teaching time. 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.

Better Than Basal
This product is JAM-PACKED with Common Core aligned lesson ideas, activities, graphic organizers, and writing prompts for 40 of your favorite mentor texts to use in grades 3-5! (See the book list below!) With over 100 graphic organizers WITH answer keys, you'll be set for the year (and years after that, too)! It also includes the generic versions of the graphic organizers so you can use them with any book!

Activities cover skills such as:
Using evidence to describe, infer, and draw conclusions
Identifying and supporting theme
Identifying and supporting character traits
Explaining figurative language
Identifying vivid language
Supporting opinions
Comparing characters
Comparing texts to media and other texts
Defining words using context clues
...and more!

There is also a writing prompt for every book that ties to the theme, idea, or topic of the book.

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