Interactive Language Arts Activities Companion: Just the Basics Bundle



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These DIGITAL AND PRINTABLE interactive language arts notebooks are a companion to my Mentor Sentence Units, but they can be used without completing the Mentor Sentences as well because they cover Common Core language arts skills.

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.


There is ONE activity for each week to help you work with the focus skill in the mentor sentence lesson and apply it to writing, and each one is provided in printable and Google Slides formats.

Please look at the preview for a completed example of each of the activities!
The activities provided are:

companion to Do Unto Otters

Subjects and Predicates
companion to Mr. Peabody’s Apples

Missing Predicates
companion to How Spider Got a Thin Waist

Commas in a Series
companion to The Keeping Quilt

Subjects and Predicates
companion to My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

companion to Dear Juno

Proper Nouns
companion to Fireboat

Common and Proper Nouns
companion to Saturdays and Teacakes

Vivid Verb Raindrops
companion to Come On, Rain!

Vivid Verbs Jar
companion to When Lightning Comes in a Jar

companion to Roller Coaster

Subject/Verb Agreement
companion to Over and Under the Snow

Prepositional Phrases
companion to Our Tree Named Steve

Create Prepositional Phrases
companion to Martin’s Big Words

Prepositional Phrases
companion to Titanicat

Prepositional Phrases
companion to Cherries and Cherry Pits

Missing Conjunctions
companion to In My Momma’s Kitchen

companion to Hey, Little Ant

Comparative & Superlative Adjectives
companion to Verdi

Comparative/Superlative Adjectives
companion to Snow Globe Family

companion to Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Adjective Pie
companion to Enemy Pie

Missing Conjunctions
companion to Those Shoes

Simple & Compound Sentences
companion to If You Find a Rock

companion to Animals Nobody Loves

Compound Subjects and Predicates
companion to OWLS

Compound Sentences Jar
companion to Fireflies!

Compound Sentences
companion to The Empty Pot

Compound Sentence Creations
companion to The Memory String

Adjective and Adverb Sort
companion to Voices in the Park

Possessive Pronouns
companion to My School’s a Zoo!

Possessive Pronouns
companion to The Boy Who Loved Words

Possessive Nouns
companion to Each Kindness

Possessive Nouns Sort
companion to Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun

Facts & Opinions in Simple Sentences
companion to The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Contraction or Possessive
companion to I Wanna Iguana

Contraction or Possessive
companion to Postcards from Pluto

Quotation Marks
companion to Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People’s Ears

Quotation Marks
companion to Last Stop on Market Street

Quotation Marks
companion to Chicken Sunday

All of the books in this bundle also have mentor sentence lessons you can find HERE in the Just the Basics Bundle.

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

**Watch a video of Mentor Sentences in ACTION!**


If you are going to buy all of the mentor sentences and interactive activities for the year, you definitely want to take a look at the Entire Yearlong Just the Basics Curriculum. For just $45 more, you’ll also get several reading activities, a writing prompt, and a week of vocabulary activities for ALL 40 BOOKS in the Basics Sets! You’ll be able to integrate the mentor text into all areas of ELA!


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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