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!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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When we write sentences, we use subjects and predicates to form a complete thought.

Watch Grammar - The Tale Of Mr. Morton - Schoolhouse Rock - Subjects and Predicates, from Schoolhouse Rock, to learn more about the job of the subject and predicate in a sentence!

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  • What makes a sentence complete?

Read a few examples below, Some are complete sentences or thoughts and some are incomplete sentences or thoughts:

The dog

I went to the store with my mom.

To the park

What time is it?

My friend is

  • What do you notice?
  • Can you choose the complete sentences in this list?

Watch Subjects and Predicates | Subject and Predicate | Complete Sentences | Award Winning Teaching Video from GrammarSongs by Melissa:

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Let's 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:

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. Then, read your sentence out loud.

For additional practice, complete this activity:

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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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