Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Two for Tuesday- Back to School Mentor Texts {The Name Jar and Officer Buckle and Gloria}

Happy Tuesday! :) and Happy July!
I am excited to share a HALF OFF Deal for y'all! Well, actually 2 HALF OFF Deals! That's right, these units are 50% OFF!

I've created 2 units based around 2 FANTASTIC Back to School Mentor Texts- The Name Jar and Officer Buckle and Gloria.  I actually just finished the Name Jar Unit, so I am really eager to use it with my kiddos in August.

This unit is centered around the mentor text The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi. This is a fabulous book to dive into with your students. It is great for close reading, and the text dependent questions will help your students think carefully and deeply about the text.

Included in this download are activities centered around Common Core Skills: 
*Pre-reading Activity
*Vocabulary Chart
*Comprehension Assessment
*Text Dependent Discussion Questions
*Text Dependent Writing Prompts
*Literary Elements Graphic Organizer
*Character Traits Graphic Organizer
*Letter to Grandma Writing Activity
*Nouns and Verbs Printable
*Verb Tenses Printable
*Adjectives Printable
*Quotation Marks Printable
*Synonyms Printable
*My Name is Special Writing Prompt
*Name Poster Activity
*Answer Keys

The second unit is centered around the mentor text Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. 

This mentor text unit is a great way to welcome students back to school and prepare them for a successful year in your classroom! 

After reading the adorable book Officer Buckle and Gloria, use the activities and printables included in this unit to discuss classroom rules, review literary elements and more!
*Literary elements printable
*Comprehension assessment
*Safety tips writing activity
*Writing about rules activity
*I broke a rule writing activity
*Only 1 rule printable
*My favorite part of the story printable
*We stick together writing activity using text evidence
*Classroom rules papers and posters {including a candy themed classroom rules poster your students will love!}

I hope these deals can work for you and your students! Please check out all of the other deals at The Teaching Tribune

Also, please stop by our friend Christy's blog for her huge giveaway!!!

Have a great day! :)


  1. LOVE, LOVE LOVE!!! I am going to check them out :)
    - Mariela
    Learning With Mrs. S

  2. What grade level(s) would these two books be appropriate for?

  3. I always do the Name Jar at the beginning of the year and will have to snag this unit!!!

    Fourth Grade Lemonade

  4. Great products for the beginning of the year! Thanks so much!
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  5. The Name Jar is new to me but looks great for the beginning of the year! Thanks! :)


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