Stretch a Sentence

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10418

My dog. I like. To the park. Do those words make sense? No? That's because they are not complete sentences! With fun videos and online practice, learn how subjects and predicates make good sentences!



learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


When we write sentences, we use subjects and predicates to form a complete thought. Watch Schoolhouse Rock Subjects and Predicates about Mr. Morton to learn more about the job of the subject and predicate in a sentence!

What makes a sentence complete?

Read a few examples below that are complete sentences or thoughts vs. the examples of incomplete sentences or thoughts. What do you notice? Can you choose the complete sentences in this list?

  • The dog
  • I went to the store with my mom.
  • To the park
  • My friend is
  • What time is it?

View the video Complete Sentences "Subjects and Predicates" "Subject and Predicate" by Melissa Corbett (GrammarSongs by Melissa, below) to get started with this activity:


First, we will look at the two parts of a sentence.

There is a subject and a predicate in a sentence. The subject is the naming part of the sentence, that tells who or what the sentence is about. The predicate is the action part of the sentence, that tells something about the naming part.

Look at these examples:

Subject (Naming Part) Predicate (Action Part)
The little dog walked in the park.
The children played jump rope.
In these examples, the naming part names a noun — a person, place, or thing ("dog" and "children").

The action part tells what the noun did — the action or verb in the sentence ("walked" and "played").

It's your turn! Write a sentence using a naming part and an action part. Read your sentence aloud to an adult.

For additional practice, complete this activity:

Now that you've learned about subjects and predicates, it's time to stretch your grammar muscles in the Got It? section.

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