Noun and Predicate Pumpkin Activity Second Grade ELASometimes you have to make Second Grade boring homework a little more fun. Am I right?? Homework is definitely NOT play-based and after a loooong day at school, kids are ready to p.l.a.y! When they have to sit down to do homework and study for those upcoming tests, homework can become more of a battle than is should. Do we ever know this in our house! Some days, a visit to the dentist to pull teeth would be easier than getting the 5 minute homework task done. English Language Arts in second grade covers nouns and predicates in sentences and my kiddo has been busy figuring identifying nouns and predicates in her decodable readers that are sent home from school. We practiced a bit with these DIY mini pumpkin stickers...and voila! Pumpkin Predicates were born!
Practicing Nouns and Predicates with a Pumpkin Theme:
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First, What is a noun and a predicate?
Second graders are responsible for knowing what a noun and a predicate is, by definition and by showing examples in sentences.
A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. There are proper nouns (like Alabama, Tuesday, and Sammy) and plain old fashion nouns aka: common nouns...(like steak, alligator, and tennis ball). The noun is the subject of the sentence and is the do-er of the action in the sentence.
A predicate is a verb or verb string. It is the action of the sentence.
So, after practicing that with my daughter, off we went on our Pumpkin Predicate fun!
To make the pumpkins, grab a sheet of full-sheet label paper This is the stuff that has a sticky back and you make address labels with. Very cool and useful stuff in crafting, I might add. Scribble a rectangle of orange with an orange marker. Then, use your hole punch to make a bunch of orange holes. Use a green marker to make a tiny little stem, and you are done! Instant teeny tiny cute little pumpkin stickers.
We used decodable readers that my second grader had from school. They photocopied booklets that the school has created and sent home with each student. You can make your own sentences to practice predicate and noun naming, use worksheets, the newspaper, or magazines. You don't want to stick these pumpkin stickers in a real book, because the stickers will be hard to remove.
Have your child name the noun and the predicate in sentences. Place the pumpkin stickers above each predicate. Note: Peeling the backs from the label sheet stickers can be a real exercise in fine motor dexterity! Your kiddo will get their fine motor skills moving!
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So punch out those pumpkins and play away the homework blues. These cute little pumpkins are sure to help make predicate practice a bit more fun!
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