Learning About Verb Tenses

2nd - 4th

How much do your youngsters know about the simple present, past, and future tenses? Find out with this series of practice activities. To begin, learners become acquainted with the verb tenses by reading definitions and examples and identifying the tense in five sentences. Next, they can complete any of the five included worksheets. An answer key is provided.

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Verb Tenses

Discover how to use proper verb tenses with context clues. Five sentences help first graders decide if they should use -ed or -ing to end simple verbs. Each sentence provides context clues to indicate the time. Use the resource in vocabulary groups or in your language arts lesson.

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