Tenses of Verbs


Sixth graders explore the concept of verb tenses. They view a presentation on verb tenses, complete worksheets and write appropriate-tense sentences to illustrate clip art. They can compile a class book with their illustrations.

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Instructional Design
Project-Based Learning
2 days

Understanding Fantasy

Explore fantasy as a genre. After working in small groups to identify literary elements in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, class members share their work and then use the presentations to help them prepare to write their own fantasy stories. Pupils review the writing process before outlining and composing original stories. This process will probably take longer than the suggested hour.

Linking Verbs 

What is a linking verb? Is it the same as a verb of being? Review some basics with your middle schoolers before sending them off to work on the two exercises independently. In the first, they identify the linking verb and the words it joins. Then, in Exercise B, they identify all verbs and whether they are linking or action verbs. 

Anne Frank, "Secret Annex"

Scholars apply their current knowledge about Anne Frank and ideas they learn from listening to a teacher read aloud of the Secret Annex. They discuss their ideas in a whole class setting before writing an expository essay that describes their vision of the Secret Annex.

Present Progressive Verbs

"Be + verb + -ing." Designed for language learners, native English speakers will also benefit from a series of exercises that gives participants practice using the present progressive form of verbs. A worksheet and directions for a game of charades are also included.

Linking Verbs

In this verb identification worksheet, students determine the linking verb in each sentence and show which words are joined by the linking verb. Definitions of the terms are at the top of the page for quick reference.

Tenses of Verbs

Sixth graders demonstrate an understanding of present, past, and future verb tenses through independent practice and by using these verbs in sentences to describe appropriate student-selected clip art.

For Richer or for Poorer

Students read about one cross-class marriage and create scenes to dramatize interactions among the family members and consider how class shapes relationships. They imagine the issues faced by cross-class couples by writing a short story.

Verb - Adverb Agreement

In this verb - adverb agreement learning exercise, students choose the correct words to complete the sentences. Students complete 16 sentences.

Verb-Adverb Charades

Students act out a variety of verbs and adverbs. They choose a card with an action word/verb written on it and then act out or "pantomime" the word on the card. They wait for another student to call out the word the student is acting out.

English Exercises: Verb Practice

In this online interactive English worksheet, students respond to 23 fill in the blank questions that require them to use verbs appropriately. Students may submit their answers to be scored.

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