My class was struggling with the conventions of writing! Surprising, right?! So, I wanted to go back to basics and practice the essential parts that make a complete sentence. This led to a study of subjects and predicates. Common Core requires our students to be authentic writers, but I don’t know about you, but my students aren’t quite ready to write at the level of the new curriculum. So, this resource could be used in upper elementary as a back to basics review or in lower elementary as an introductory tool.
This set includes 13 sentences split into 26 cards. Give each student a card and have those who have subjects find their predicates. This helps your kinesthetic learners as they are up and about, and is great for UDL. Next, there is a similar activity to be completed individually. Students cut the sentence parts and glue the subjects and predicates to create complete sentences. This assesses knowledge of the basic foundations of sentences without assessing spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. The last activity asks students to write the sentences themselves. This provides students an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned and you may then also assess other conventions besides a complete subject and predicate. The three activities build upon one another and it was very helpful for my class. I hope it is a help to your class as well!