Lesson plan

Back in the Day

Let’s share about ourselves! Students learn about past-tense verbs by writing a story about their past.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to recognize and form past-tense verbs.

(5 minutes)
  • Say, “Let’s write a story about something that has happened to our class in the past. What could we write about?”
  • Take a few ideas from the class before deciding on a topic that you could write a short paragraph about.
(10 minutes)
  • Write a short paragraph about something that happened in the past on the board.
  • After you write, call on students to circle all the verbs in your paragraph.
  • Tell students that the verbs are written in the past tense because they describe actions that were done in the past.
  • Explain that the past-tense of verbs is usually formed by adding -ed.
  • Point out the regular past-tense verbs that you circled.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that some verbs have irregular past-tense forms. Explain that these verbs do not simply add an -ed to make a past-tense form.
  • Pass out paper to each student. Have students work in partners to identify the remaining irregular past-tense verbs in your paragraph. Have them make a list of these verbs on their papers.
(20 minutes)
  • Now tell students that they will write their own stories about something that took place in the past.
  • When they are done writing their stories, they should share them with the same partner they worked with during the guided practice part of the lesson.
  • As the partners read each other’s work, they should use highlighters to highlight all the verbs.
  • When they are done highlighting, students should put an “R” by the regular past-tense verbs and an “I” by the irregular past-tense verbs.
  • Enrichment: Have students make a list of all the regular and irregular verbs that they found. Students should look for patterns in the irregular verbs and categorize them accordingly.

  • Support: Circle the verbs for the students and only ask them to determine if the verbs are regular or irregular.
(5 minutes)
  • Assess students’ understanding by noticing how they are identifying and forming past-tense verbs in their writing.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students share their writing with the class, reading aloud a portion.
  • After reading, call on other students to list the past-tense verbs that they heard in the story.

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