Lesson Plan

Learning About Words: The Sounds of -ed

Use a letter writing activity to teach your first graders about the three different ending sounds of past tense verbs.
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This lesson plan, Learning About Words: The Sounds of -ed teaches first graders the three different ending sounds the -ed verbs can make. Some end in the D sound, in the word "walked," the ed sound like in the word "painted," or the T sound in the word 'looked." Using a prewritten letter about the previous day, children will identify all the past tense verbs by circling them. When all of the past tense verbs have been circled, kids will read each verb aloud and list them by their ending sound. Understanding verb tenses is an essential skill to becoming strong writers and mastering English grammar.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to recognize the three different ending sounds of verbs using the past tense -ed.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Gather students together for the start of lesson.
  • Review what a verb is and explain what makes a verb special. For example you might say, “Verbs are our action words and represent the things we do, such as run, eat, or walk.”
  • Remind your students of the difference between past and present by writing an example on the board such as, I walk to school, I walked to school.
  • Tell your class that today they will be practicing how to recognize the three different sounds that past tense verbs can have when they end in -ed.