Subjects & Verbs Get Along
Students will be able to apply the grammar rule for subject/verb agreement in complete sentences.
- Play the Verb Rap Song to review the definition of verbs, or actions.
- Ask students to participate by acting out the verbs in the song. Get them excited about the lesson!
- Use the video to recall the definition of verbs, and introduce subject/verb agreement.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Display the meaning of a subject, or the person or thing being discussed, and ask students to repeat it.
- Show flashcards with subjects that are both singular and plural for students to read.
- Display and discuss the subject/verb agreement rule that verbs need to match the singular and plural subject versions.
- Provide some examples orally and in writing on the board to compare the plural and singular verbs:
- "The boy hops to school."
- "The boys hop to school."
- "He runs to the store."
- "We run to the store."
- Ask students to discuss with a partner the subject-verb agreement and determine which verbs are plural and singular.
Guided Practice(20 minutes)
- List some singular verbs on the board and ask students to orally tell their partner a complete sentence using the verb. Allow a few students to share their answers aloud.
- Challenge students to use the plural version of that same verb in a complete sentence. Tell them to share that sentence orally to their partner before telling the class.
- Continue listing plural and singular verbs on the board. Allow partners to use them aloud in a sentence until they have a good understanding of the singular/plural verb relationship.
- Place subject flashcards on the board in two sections to make a matching game. Write a verb across from each subject as least a few inches away to make space for matching lines to be drawn.
- Line a few students up into two rows.
- In a relay style race, direct each student to quickly draw a line from a subject to its matching verb and pass the marker to their teammate.
- The team with the most correct answers wins, or if both are correct, the team that finishes first wins.
- Discuss and correct any answers that are wrong, explaining why.
Independent working time(10 minutes)
- Distribute the Subjects & Verbs Get Along worksheet.
- Ask students to match the subjects to the verbs according to the singular/plural agreement rule.
- Instruct students to write the correct verb on the space provided that will agree with the subject in the sentence.
- Allow them to share their answers aloud in partnerships using complete sentences.
- For advanced students, instruct them to write new sentences for various situations around the room. Direct them to make sure that their subjects and verbs agree.
- Have your students draw a picture to show whether the subject is plural or singular.
- Collect the worksheet to grade.
- Assess students' use of complete sentences in their discussions to inform future instruction.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Conclude the lesson with a game of charades.
- Direct your students to act out a verb given.
- Instruct the class to respond with a complete sentence with the correct subject/verb agreement.