A great game to play with the kids to review subject/predicate with tons of ways to play! Copy onto cardstock, or print on regular paper and glue onto 3x5 notecards (the boxes are already sized to 3x5), laminate if you choose, then get ready to play – and laugh at the hilarious sentences these cards create! There are 26 cards total – 13 pairs of subjects/predicates. I play this game every year with my students and they LOVE it because of the random way it pieces together the subjects and predicates - it's always good for a laugh! Then you open the door to discuss how good writing needs to have coherent thoughts. It makes a great brain-break to get the kids up and moving while still learning. My students ASK to play this game over and over again, and it's rarely the same way twice! You could also use these as sentence starters or story starters, in a center, as flashcards - the possibilities are endless!
***Here are some ideas that may help you use this game at a more advanced level, if the original way becomes too easy!
-Have the kids write an "Expansion Pack" or sorts: cards with prepositional phrases or subordinate clauses to add an additional element to the game
-Have kids play the game again, but this time they have to diagram the sentence they create and look for the certain parts of speech
-Use it in a writing center as a set of short writing prompts
-Use it as a warm up for class (similar to the writing center suggestion above) where you give them one portion of the sentence and they must create the missing part
-Explore the possibilities of making compound sentences with the cards (compound subject, compound predicate, both)
-Students could use this game as a basis for creating a similar game for younger grades and then go teach the game to younger students in your building
-Use it as a short transition game while you wait for the next class - students must identify the portion of the sentence you're holding up/reading aloud as a subject or predicate
-Use it as a chance to teach inverted sentence structures where the predicate comes first (also connects with passive vs. active voice this way)