Past-Tense Verb Spotting

A lesson challenges grammarians to show what they know about past-tense verbs. Following a brief review, the class brainstorms a list of verbs and discusses how to make them past tense. Independently, scholars sort cards displaying a variety of verbs into three past tense categories—regular, irregular, and incorrect. A worksheet assesses scholars' proficiency.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct this lesson in a small group during ELA center rotations, work at that table to assist and observe for reteaching purposes 
  • Instead of a worksheet assessment, use the sorted cards to gauge comprehension—be sure to remind learners to write their names on their cards
  • Assign an Exit Ticket—direct class members to write a complete sentence using a past tense verb, participants may write on a sheet of paper or post their sentence to a classroom blog
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should know what past tense verbs are and how to use them 
  • Lesson plan directions are written in detail 
  • The lesson boosts sorting skills 
  • Provides minimal differentiation, especially for learners in need of a challenge 
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