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    **Below you will find many of the skills we will be learning in Second Grade.  Please feel free to practice these ahead of time or just use this page to help you brush up on your skills. 
    Language Skill:  Parts of a Sentence
    Subject:  The naming part of a sentence--it tells who or what the sentence  
                  is about.
    Predicate:  The telling part of a sentence--it tells about the subject.
    Examples:  The dog and cat are chasing each other around the tree.
                     Joe ran and opened the door.
                    Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are cartoon characters.
                    Marsha always washes her hair.
    Helpful Equation:  Subject + Predicate = Sentence
    Language Skill:  Types of Sentences
    Sentence Type
    What it does
    Punctuation Needed
    Period  (.)
    Question Mark (?)
    Shows strong feeling
    Exclamation Mark (!)
    Tells someone to do something
    Period (.)
    Examples Sentences:
    Statement:  The sky is blue. 
    Question:  Do you want to go to the movies Friday night?
    Exclamation:  Wow, that show was awesome!
    Command:  Tell Bob to shut the door.
    Language Skill:  Parts of Speech
    Part of Speech
    names a person, place, thing, or animal
    replaces a noun
    I, you, he, she, me,
    it, your, our, their, his, her, etc.
    words that describe
    big, brown, furry, two, many, round, rough
    tell what someone or something is or does
    run, hop, skip, play, talk, swing, love, hug
    Language Skill:  PLURAL NOUNS
    Add -s to MOST nouns
    girls, boys, stores, buildings
    Add -es to words that end with s, ss, x, ch, sh
    buses, kisses, foxes, watches, dishes
    Change the y to i and add -es when there is a consonant and a y at the end of the word
    flies, butterflies, stories, cities, pennies
    Some words change their spelling (These are irregular.)
        Can you think of other irregular plural nouns?
    tooth=teeth   mouse=mice
    Language Skill:  Proper Nouns
    Proper nouns are the special names of people, places, things, animals, or events. This includes days of the week, months of the year, holidays, sports teams, etc.
    Person:  Mrs. Horne
    Place:  South Effingham Elementary School
    Things:  Playstation 3
    Animals: Lucy (my dog)
    Events:  Red Ribbon Week
    Days of the Week:  Monday
    Months of the Year:  October
    Holidays:  Christmas
    Sports Team:  South Effingham Mustangs
    Language Skill:  Possessive Nouns
    Nouns which show ownership.
    *Add an apostrophe and an s to singular nouns. 
    *Add an apostrophe after the s in plural nouns.
    Ex:  Elaine's hat:  Who owns the hat?  Martha
    The boys' shirts:  Who owns the shirts?  The boys.
    Language Skill:  Pronouns
    Words that take the place of nouns
    Examples:  I, you, he, she, it, they, we, our, his, her
    Ex:  Doug is wearing a green shirt.
    He is wearing a green shirt.
    Language Skill:  Adjectives
    Words that DESCRIBE:
    This can include words that tell shape, color, size,
    how many, what kind, etc.
    Ex:  The big bird is yellow and fluffy.
    ***big, yellow, and fluffy are adjectives
    Language Skill:  Helping Verbs
    Has, Have, and Had
    Helping verbs help the main verb in a sentence to make sense.
    Has and Have tell about things now. Had tells about things in the past.
    Use the following chart to help you determine which helping verb to use in a sentence.
    Singular Subject:  He, She, It, Mrs. Horne
    Plural Subject:  They, We, Larry & Todd, The girls
    OR if your subject is I or You
    Example Sentences:
    Mrs. Jenkins has a new kitten.
    Mrs. Jenkins had a great time at the park yesterday.
    The boys have a lot of work to do today.
    They had a lot of work to do last month.
    I have a lot of great students this year.
    You had a big party for your birthday last year.
    Language Skill:  Linking Verbs
    Am, Is, Are, Was, and Were
    Linking Verbs are used to "link" a sentence together.
    Am, Is, and Are tell about now.  Was and Were tell about the past.
    Use the following chart to help you figure out which linking verb to use.
    Singular Subject:  Claire, She, The animal, It, The family
    Subject:  I
    Subject:  You
    Plural Subject:  Larry and Sara, We, The children
    Example Sentences:
    Larry is wearing a green shirt.
    The family was excited about their vacation.
    I am going to the mall.
    You are going to the mall, too.
    The children are going on a field trip soon.
    We were going to go to the beach yesterday, but it rained.
    Language Skill:  Irregular Verbs
    Irregular verbs do not add -ed to make them past tense.  You have to learn the endings of these past tense verbs. 
                           Present Tense:              Past Tense:
                                Run                                     Ran
                                Sing                                    Sang
                                Do                                      Did
                                Read                                   Read
                                Find                                    Found
                                Go                                      Went
                                Fly                                      Flew
    How many other irregular verbs can you think of?
Last Modified on July 29, 2015