Explore verb tense with our Verb Tenses Lesson Plan. Students will be able to identify and correctly use the past, present, and future tenses of verbs, including the use of helping verbs, regular, and irregular verbs. Developing presentation confidence, students share the ways they applied the three tenses in the activity. The concepts of this lesson are generalized by referencing relevant experiences that exemplify past and future tense, as well as discussing how most stories are written – in the past, present or future tense.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Ask student volunteers to share, in sentence form, something they did yesterday. Display some of the responses.
- Ask student volunteers to share, in sentence form, something they will do tomorrow or after school. Display some of the responses.
- Ask students if they see anything different in the sentences.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the discussion to verb tenses.
- Ask students to share a sentence describing a present action. Introduce present, past, and future tenses of verbs.
- Distribute the Verb Tenses content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use additional examples if necessary to enhance student understanding. Use relevant experiences in the students’ lives to show examples of past and future tense.
- Give extra instruction on the verb lists and the difference between regular and irregular verbs.
- Distribute the Activity page. Pair students.
- Review the instructions. Allow students sufficient time to complete the work.
- When completed, review the work, allowing students to share their responses. The answers will vary. Stress the difference between the three tenses.
- Distribute the Practice page. Once completed, review and check with the students.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, review and check students’ work. Check for understanding. Use additional resources and worksheets for further practice with the students.
- In closing, ask students if they think there are more sentences written in stories in the present, past, or future. Ask them why they chose their responses.
- Allow for discussion.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1.C CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1.E CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1.D CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1.A CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1.D CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1.F
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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