Predicate Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction on the predicate part of a sentence. A text lesson introduces students to the concept using simple, easy-to-understand, and engaging examples. Students then apply their new knowledge independently to a fun activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify predicates
  • define 'predicate'
  • differentiate between a simple and compound predicate


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Subject & Predicate Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Index cards
  • Samples of complete sentences and sentence fragments
  • Slim pieces of paper
  • Scissors

Key Vocabulary

  • Subject
  • Predicate
  • Compound

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1.f

Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Share samples of complete and incomplete sentences.
  • After each sample, ask students to discuss:
    • Is this a complete sentence?
    • Why or why not?
  • Ask students to discuss what makes a sentence complete, then share ideas together as a whole group.
  • Help students understand that a complete sentence has to tell you 'who' or 'what' and tells you something ABOUT the 'who' or 'what.'

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