Friday, July 31, 2015

{TEXAS Size} Subject & Predicate

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Each year subject & predicate is something I introduce in the first grading period to my first graders. It proved {as most grammar concepts do} to be a difficult concept to make fun & interactive! 
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Grammar Gator to the rescue! This is a little set that I made and use in my own classroom. The set includes the subject & predicate definition posters & the student response folding sheet. I don't include the sentence strips because that is where you will differentiate to make the lesson suitable to your students' levels. 

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 Before I tell the kids anything at all about subject & predicate, I introduce them to Grammar Gator {I have a small stuffed animal} that I explain to the students will help them to learn some important things about sentences this year! Then I reveal the two very simple introduction posters.

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I tell, teach, repeat the new vocabulary words {subject & predicate}, and then move onto the example sentences. It is a simple concept to understand, but difficult to apply for my first graders. Reading through the examples and definitions a few times during my mini-lesson helps tremendously!



Last year, my pacing guides for reading & language arts did not always coexist in peacefully harmony. So when it was time to teach s&p, it was also time to transition into non-fiction texts.

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 I decided to type some of the sentences from the "Amazing Animals" text onto small strips, with s&p separated. I cut them out quickly with my slicer! You could also write on sentence strips, have the students choose one sentence and then cut it in half where the s&p divide. They could tell you which piece goes where & why! It all depends on what your kids need! 

After I finished my read aloud, I went over the subject & predicate definitions & examples again.
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I read a few of the sentence strip parts & had the class help me sort them into the correct envelopes on the easel. I just simply cut the flaps off of two 5x7 invitation envelopes. 

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After, they got the hang of the activity, I took volunteers to choose a strip & read aloud {with help from me or the group if needed}. They got to choose one from the jar & decide subject or predicate. 

If the class agreed, they placed into the corresponding envelope. 

We played this game once or twice until the kids had a good understanding the concept. Then I introduce the student response foldable. I don't do it before, because its hard to listen to the teacher when you have something in your hands! 

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I printed these on white printer paper, three years ago & they have lasted. The kids only use them for short periods of time during lessons & then later in the year several times for review. You just fold them or have the kids do it for you the first time and you can keep using them! 
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Once the responses are printed & folded passing them around on the carpet takes no time at all. I would slip in some extra practice for subject & predicate for three or four minutes after I finish read alouds. I just go back through the story & select parts of sentences to read aloud. 

The students simply hold up the foldable with the correct {in theory :P } answer facing me! Perfect for introducing & quick reviews of the concept. This also gives me a good idea of who needs extra help during small group time before we head off to Daily 5 for the day. 


Click on the picture above to see the subject & predicate pack in my TpT shop! Enter the giveaway for the full set below just by adding your name! Its one day only, I will announce the winner by 8/2! 

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10 comments:

  1. What a fun idea to teach this important concept!

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    1. Thank you! I always try to come up with fun ideas for "boring" concepts!

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  2. This is a great item! I need to win this one or go grab it in your store! Thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Karen
    Planet Happy Smiles

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    1. It was a great idea! I love Texas themed stuff too!

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  3. Hi Katie! I am glad that you are part of the Texas link up! It was nice getting to know you and visiting your blog! Julie (Green Apple Lessons )

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    1. What a cute name and blog. "Mrs Decatur's Little Gators" I'm so glad I stopped by. It was fun to link up as Texas teachers. Paula (Dazzle on a Dime)

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  4. Love your item, your blog, your name! OMG it's all too cute!!! This is such an important concept and so hard to teach! Great product! Thanks for linking up!!!!

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    1. Thank you! It was great link up, thanks for hosting! :)

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  5. Aa a 5th grade teacher, you would be surprised at how many students still need practice with this concept. This would be a great small group activity for those who need it in the upper grades too!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Lisa Prins
    www.hookstersideas.com

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