This is a quick and easy manipulative activity for reinforcement of simple sentences. This resource includes all items needed to print for the activity, as well as an instruction sheet with tips and variations listed.
Though simple sentences are originally taught at the early elementary level, reviewing and reinforcement is always smart before tackling (and retackling!) compound and complex sentence structures in the upper elementary and middle school grade levels!
**This activity was originally intended for students to do in pairs, but it can of course be done as an independent activity if desired.
1. Simply cut out the subjects and predicates into strips and place all strips into the same envelope. **Laminating and/or printing on card stock will help to keep the strips in great shape for all classes!
2. Pair students up, and have them take out the strips and categorize as either being a subject or predicate. I recommend setting a timer for a 1 or 2 minute time period in order to keep students on track and lend a little energy to the start of the activity! (Example: "You've got one minute to sort the subjects from the predicates--Go!!")
3. Next, have students combine subject strips with an appropriate predicate strips to make sentences.
**When I did this activity with my classes, I had students paste their sentences onto large sheets of paper. Students then enjoyed taking a few minutes after the activity to share some of their more humorous sentences with the class. It was fun! :)
**Another idea is to have students draw a line down the center of one of their desks using a dry erase marker, label the left side as SUBJECT and the right side of the line as PREDICATE. This visually reinforces even more about how a simple sentence is composed of both a subject and predicate, and no messy glue or paper is needed!)
**For a slightly different twist on the activity, and to add a bit more rigor, print the subjects and/or predicates, and have students randomly pull a few from a bag. For any subject strips that they pull, they are to come up with a predicate to form a unique sentence. For any predicate strips that they pull, they are to come up with a subject to form a unique sentence. Challenge them to come up with humorous sentences or sentences that use that week's newly learned vocabulary!
Need quick reinforcement or a exit ticket idea? Have each student simply pull one strip from the bag and orally create a simple sentence on the spot for you or a classmate on their way out! Quick and easy!