Lesson Plan

Present Perfect Tense

Have your students heard about participles and tenses? This fun lesson teaches students about conjugating verbs and forming sentences.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use the present perfect tense in written and spoken language.


(10 minutes)
  • Ask your students to share some of the things they or their family members do every week.
  • Have them talk about the actions using complete sentences. For example, a student may share: I go to school. Dad does the dishes.
  • Write some of the sentences on the board (verbatim, even if they contain mistakes).
  • Have volunteers read the examples and correct any mistakes they notice. To help them, you can ask a guiding question such as: Does anything sound weird when you read it out loud?
  • Explain the different participles that a verb can have. If a verb describes an activity that's currently taking place (e.g. jumping), then it's a present participle. It if describes an action that's already happened, it's a past participle (e.g. jumped).
  • Let them know that you can tell whether a verb is regular or irregular based on its past participle. If a verb's past participle ends in -ed (e.g. laughed), then it's a regular verb. If it doesn't end in -ed (e.g. ran), then it's an irregular verb.

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