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Irregular Verbs Review

How do irregular verbs change when they are used in the past tense or past participle form? Use this lesson to review some grammar basics.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and use the past and past participle forms of irregular verbs.


(5 minutes)
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  • Write two sentences on the board as examples of the infinitive and past tense forms of a regular verb (i.e., "I will watch a movie. I watched a movie.").
  • Underline the verbs in each sentence and ask students to turn to a partner and discuss the differences they see between the two verbs.
  • Write two more sentences with regular verbs (i.e., "Today I will bake some cookies. Yesterday I baked cookies.").
  • Again, underline the verbs and have students turn to talk with a partner to compare these verbs with the ones in the first set of sentences.
  • Ask students to think about how the verbs changed (the suffix -ed/-d was added in the second sentence of each set) and why they changed (because the second sentence in each example was written in past tense). Call on students to share their answers.
  • Write another set of sentences on the board, this time using an irregular verb (i.e., "I can throw a ball. I already threw a ball.").
  • Underline the verbs and ask students to share what they notice about them.
  • Guide students towards the observation that the verbs in the third set of sentences did not follow the same rules and pattern as the first two sets of verbs.
  • Explain that today we will be reviewing some common irregular verbs, like "throw" and "threw."