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Volume 3 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:

MENTOR SENTENCES & INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES
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 to have “extra” lessons with more of my favorite books to use 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:
-Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
used as first lesson; adjectives
-Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna
predicates
-The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
commas in a series
-The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
possessive pronouns
-Dear Juno by Soyung Pak
adverbs
-Fireboat by Maira Kalman
proper nouns
-In My Momma’s Kitchen by Jerdine Nolen
compound sentence
-Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant
abstract nouns
-Encounter by Jane Yolen
similes
-Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher
personification
-The Empty Pot by Demi
compound sentence
-Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People’s Ears by Verna Aardema
quotation marks
-Thank You, Sarah by Laura Halse Anderson
plural and imperative sentence
-A Wish To Be A Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
vivid verbs
-The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
prepositional phrases
-Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
complex sentences
-Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
possessive nouns
-Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
subject/verb agreement
-Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams
prepositional phrases
-The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
interrogative sentence
-Salt In His Shoes by Deloris Jordan
correlative conjunctions
-Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
adjectives
-Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
ordering adjectives
-Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
vivid verbs
-Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
compound predicates
-Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman
figurative vs. literal language
-The Royal Bee by Frances and Ginger Park
adverbs
-Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose
interjections
-My Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Gray
compound adjectives
-Up North at the Cabin by Marsha Wilson Chall
metaphors and similes
-Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
dialogue
-Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting
relative pronouns
-Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements
complex sentences
-Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
complex sentences
-Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
relative adverbs
-Cindy Ellen by Susan Lowell
superlative adjectives
-Gleam and Glow by Eve Bunting
similes
-Bigmama’s by Donald Crews
inverted subject/verb
-When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
compound sentence with three clauses
-The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley
vivid verbs

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


Modifications
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
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
Summarizing
Identifying and supporting theme
Identifying and supporting character traits
Explaining figurative language
Identifying vivid language
Visualizing
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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