July 24, 2017
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by Maggie Knutson

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Verbs that Do Their Own Thing

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Students will be able to conjugate irregular verbs into their past tense form and use them in context.

(10 minutes)
  • On the board, write a sentence in present tense that has at least two regular verbs. Example: "We walk to the store and then purchase some groceries."
  • Have students talk with a neighbor about how to make that sentence past tense.
  • Have students share how they made the sentence past tense. They will tell you that they added -ed.
  • Now write a sentence with two present tense irregular verbs on the board. Example: "I am reading a book and then eating lunch."
  • Have students talk with a neighbor about how to make that sentence past tense.
  • Have students share how they made the sentence past tense. They might struggle a little because these conjugations don’t follow any rules.
  • Contrast the verb conjugations in the first sentence with the verbs in the second sentence.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that languages follow rules and structures, and learning those rules helps you to master the language.
  • Add that there are many exceptions to the rules and that we need to memorize those. Often we learn them by hearing them and reading them as we grow up.
  • Explain that they are going to review some common irregular verbs and how to conjugate them into past tense.
(20 minutes)
  • Distribute the worksheet Irregular Verb Story 1.
  • Go over the verbs in the table and have students solve the past tense conjugations.
  • Go over the correct answers.
  • Instruct students to write a short story using as many of the past tense verbs as possible in their story.
  • Share stories with peers or small groups.
(15 minutes)
  • Distribute the worksheet Irregular Verb Story 2.
  • Instruct students to complete the exercise independently.

Support:

  • During independent work time, provide clues to the verb conjugations to those who struggle. Possibly write the word with some letters missing, as was done with Irregular Verbs Story 1.

Enrichment:

  • Have students conjugate the verbs on both sheets into to their past participle form. Example: have/had ____ (forgiven, driven, flown)
(5 minutes)
  • Write the verbs on the board and have students tell whether they are regular or irregular: ride, look, ring, run, scratch, say. (the second and fourth are regular).
  • Now have students conjugate all five words into past tense.
(5 minutes)
  • Discuss strategies students can use when trying to decide how to conjugate a verb they are unsure about.

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