The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! Free Mentor Sentence Lesson – Early Emergent Readers


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Mentor sentences model writing through excellent sentences from your favorite read-aloud books! This freebie will help you try out a lesson to see how it works in your class. I created this with kindergartners in mind, but they would also be appropriate for early emergent readers in first grade, or even ELL students!

These mentor sentences are part of a balanced literacy approach. Students will listen to you read the mentor text, identify/notice letters, words, and parts of a sentence, read the words of the mentor sentence, arrange the words to re-form the sentence, learn other words that could fit into the sentence, imitate the sentence by writing in their own words, read their sentence, illustrate their sentence, and even create a class book that can be read over and over again. Your emergent readers WILL BE reading AND writing every week!

This is a sample lesson you can try out in your classroom for the book The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! By Mo Willems.

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

**Watch a video of Mentor Sentences in ACTION with ELL students in Kindergarten!**

Are your readers past the EARLY emergent stage? Check out these units for Emergent Readers (K-1)!

Try one week for free with The Kissing Hand!

Ten Weeks of Lessons for Emergent Readers
Unit 2: Ten Weeks of Lessons for Emergent Readers
Unit 3: Ten Weeks of Lessons for Emergent Readers
Ten Weeks of SEASONAL Lessons for Emergent Readers

Not sure if you should get the Early Emergent or Emergent Mentor Sentences? Read this post to see which set you should get!


Get a full ten weeks of mentor sentences for early emergent readers that can be used any time!There is also a set of Fall/Winter Holiday themed lessons as well as a set of Snow/Winter lessons!

You don’t need to do all of the mentor sentence lessons in the order they come in the units. When I created the units, I put them in an order that progressed in difficulty, so these lessons spiral, but it is not necessary to stay in that order.


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

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!


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