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Great Trick for Identifying Subjects and Verbs in a Sentence PowerPoint

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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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L.3.1a, L.3.1, L.4.1, L.4.1b, L.4.1c, L.4.1e, L.5.1, L.5.1a, L.5.1b
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This engaging PowerPoint is designed to teach students to easily identify the subject and verb of a sentence. The entertaining lesson contains animations, cartoon characters, and humorous dialogue.

This PPT can be used alone, or as an introduction for the companion product, Identifying Subjects & Verbs; Easy Mastery Using Prepositions & Prep. Phrases .

Students learn about a "trick" for identifying subjects and verbs. The key to the "trick" is learning how to eliminate prepositional phrases from the sentence. Any student with a basic understanding of nouns and verbs will enjoy success with this approach.

Here's how it works. In the following sentence only three words remain once you remove all the prepositional phrases.

**Across the bridge and through the field, to Nana's house we go.**

One of the three remaining words-- "and"-- is a conjunction. That leaves "we" and "go." "We" is the subject, and "go" is the verb.

This PowerPoint introduces students to prepositions, prepositional phrases, and objects of the preposition. Each term is thoroughly explained with many examples and practice. Ongoing interaction keeps students engaged. Success builds upon success, until students build confidence in their ability to independently use the "trick" to find the subject and verb of a final set of sentences.

The end slides contain two handouts that can be printed for students to use before, during, and/or after the lesson, as determined by the teacher-- a list of common prepositions and a practice worksheet. The worksheet can help teachers determine what additional instruction may be necessary. Once students realize how well this system works, they're ready to learn more about using prepositional phrases to find the subject and verb of a sentence.

The PowerPoint in this download is a companion product to Identifying Subjects & Verbs; Easy Mastery Using Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases. The companion product includes 43 reproducible pages (plus answer keys) that introduce, teach, and reinforce this skill.

Within a few weeks, the print-and-go, easy-to-use set of printables will help students:
1- identify up to 48 common prepositions,
2- locate and cross out all prepositional phrases in a sentence, thus eliminating all words that make up a prepositional phrase as the subject or verb,
3- scan the remaining words to identify the subject and verb.

I've been teaching for over twenty years and this is the fastest, easiest way I've found to help students determine the simple subject and verb of a sentence. Once students master this technique, learning more complex skills is relatively painless.

Identifying subjects and verbs is a foundational skill that will stick with your students their entire educational career. This program is complete, easy, and it works! Really. I know because I successfully use it year after year with students of all ability levels.

If I can do it, so can you!

This product relates to the following CCSS standard(s). Please note that this list may represent only a partial list of all standards and/or strands that apply.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1a Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1b Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking) verb tenses.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1c Use modal auxiliaries (e.g., can, may, must) to convey various conditions.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1e Form and use prepositional phrases.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1a Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1b Form and use the perfect (e.g., I had walked; I have walked; I will have walked) verb tenses.

IMPORTANT NOTE! This zipped file download contains both the '97-2003 and 2007 versions of the PowerPoint Great Trick for Identifying Subjects and Verbs. Please make sure your system is able to "unzip" compressed files.

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You might also like to check out these other ELA products:
Identifying Subjects & Verbs; Easy Mastery Using Prepositions & Prep. Phrases
Helping Verbs: Quick Mastery
Making Inferences Using Pictures
Persuasive/Opinion Paragraph Packet

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On  January 30, 2014TheRoomMom (TpT Seller) asked:
I teach prep, verbs, and subjects the same way. This product caught my attention. I took a look through your preview and noticed around slide 30 you call the object of the preposition a direct object a few times. Thought I would let you know, so you can review it. I don't think it is possible to ever call that noun at the end of a prep phrase a direct object- isn't it always an object of the preposition? Caitlin
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Great Trick for Identifying Subjects and Verbs in a Senten
Great Trick for Identifying Subjects and Verbs in a Senten
Great Trick for Identifying Subjects and Verbs in a Senten
Great Trick for Identifying Subjects and Verbs in a Senten