Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Subject and Predicate, and supports the standard of producing complete sentences. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display the following sentence fragment: 

Went to the park. 

Ask students: What is this sentence missing? Prompt them to correct it. 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Subject and Predicate topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Arts and Entertainment” or “In Depth.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a BrainPOP-style movie that identifies the simple subject and predicate in a sentence, and explains the difference between them. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying the subjects and predicates of sentences from a favorite book. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a sorting game where players determine whether phrases are subjects or predicates. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about subjects and predicates.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How can you check to make sure your sentences have both a subject and a predicate?
  • How can understanding different parts of a sentence help you to determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word in context? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Subject and Predicate Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Continue exploring conventions of standard English by playing BrainPOP’s Sortify: Parts of Speech game.  

 

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