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Subjects & Verbs Get Along

Subjects and verbs agree! This grammar lesson includes a fun interactive segment that students will love, and they will practice matching subjects to their verbs.
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Students will be able to apply the grammar rule for subject/verb agreement in complete sentences.

(5 minutes)
  • 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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect the worksheet to grade.
  • Assess students' use of complete sentences in their discussions to inform future instruction.
(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.

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