Lesson: Subjects and Predicates

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Lesson Objective

After completing this lesson the student will be able to identify the complete subject and the complete predicate of a sentence.

Lesson Plan

Needed items/documents/files/materials:

·         Textbook – Houghton Mifflin Grammar 5 p. 36

·         Flipchart – Subjects and Predicates

·         Review Worksheet – p. 18 Grammar Review 5 (workbook I purchased from school supply store)

·         Diagramming book p. 3 or print off from website (for instructions on how to diagram)


Level of Bloom’s Taxonomy:

·           Comprehension – discuss through think/pair/share

Background information: what do I need to know to teach this lesson?

·         The subject of the sentence tells who or what the sentence is about.  The predicate tells what the subject is or what it does.

Instructional Procedures:  How will I…?

…recall prior relevant information?  Make connections to prior learning?

1.      Have the students power-write what they know about sentences – see procedure on day 2. 

2.      Review with the students types of sentences and fragments.

3.      Review with the students using examples you have – p. 18 Grammar Review book or any sentences you come up with using types of sentences and fragments.

….present new material?

1.      Begin the lesson by having students work on a review page worksheet – p. 18 in Grammar Review.

2.      Teach the lesson using the flipchart “subjects and predicates”.  I have put the flipchart as a .pdf for those teachers that may not have access to an activboard. The flipchart shows a School House Rock Video – Mr. Morton.

3.      The flipchart has an assessment built in.  After the flipchart teach the students how to diagram subjects and predicates in a sentence.    Diagram the following sentences with the students (see the link to review diagramming sentences) –

a.       Grass grows.

b.      Dogs play.

c.       Cats and kittens purr.

d.      John and I raced.

e.       Jeff laughed and chuckled.

f.        Caroline wrote and drew.

g.       Jeff and Marie sing and dance.

h.      Connor and Kelsey tried but lost.

4.      Have the students keep the work for diagramming sentences in their binders.  They will refer back to these papers as we learn to diagram additional parts of speech.

5.      Ask for any questions – assign homework

…assess performance????

·         Through the assessment at the end of the flipchart and discussion around diagramming sentences.

…Enhance retention? (homework)

·         Houghton-Mifflin Grammar 5 WB p. 5

Test Questions from today’s objectives?


Did Students…?

   ….know my objectives?

  ….actively engage with the new material?

  …work together on a task?

  …get feedback on their performance?

 What worked well and what needed improvement

I added in diagramming sentences into this lesson and I have found that it really helps students understand the parts of speech and their placement in the sentence.  I think that having diagramming in the lesson is probably what makes this lesson most effective and what was missing in previous years from this lesson plan.


Lesson Resources

How to Diagram Sentences
lesson 3 subjects and predicates   Lesson Plan
Subjects and Predicates Flipchart   Smart Board


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