Verbs do a lot of the heavy lifting in good writing. Understanding the different kinds of verbs and how they are used enables students to write more compellingly. Students will explore how tenses work and how they must agree with and sometimes work together with other words in the sentence. Students will also learn about adverbs, the "sister" part of speech that enhance, or modify, verbs.
As students become more sophisticated writers, they begin to understand that words have different “jobs” in a sentence. These jobs can be thought of as parts of speech. In this word study unit, students will learn about the work that transition words, prepositions, verbs, adverbs and adjectives do. Students will also explore how certain kinds of words work together, like verbs and adverbs.
Verbs and adverbs are the action heros of the language arts world. Third graders will be learning how to use these parts of speech this year, and you can support them with this guided lesson. Written by curriculum experts, this lesson provides kids with grammar instruction and plenty of examples of verbs and adverbs. For more printable practice with verbs and adverbs, check out the accompanying worksheets.
Have your students mastered present tense verb endings, or could they use a bit more practice? Use this mix of regular verbs and verbs ending in Y to challenge your students with third person singular present tense.
Present tense verbs are the most basic of verbs, but that doesn’t mean they’re boring. Verbs show a subject’s action, and present tense verbs describe what a subject is doing in the moment -- it doesn’t get much more present than that. Learn and teach lists of present tense verbs and how to use them with our worksheets, games, lesson plans and more.
Being able to convey a setting is an integral part of writing. Part of the setting is when in time the story is taking place. In order to make the reader aware of the timeline, students should be taught to use the appropriate tense of verbs in their pieces, like past tense verbs. If something is happening now, or in the present tense, your students should use the present tense verbs.
The present tense indicates that an action is happening now in relation to the write or speaker.
When presenting a verb as something that is actively happening, your student will often add the -ing suffix to the verb. This is known as the participle verb. For example:
Run - He is running
Walk - She is walking to school
Catch - He is catching a cold
Talk - They are talking
Sometimes present tense verbs are used to convey things that happen in the present but aren’t necessarily happening now. These are describing actions that are factual or habitual. These verbs are known as present indicative verbs. We make a verb a present indicative verb by adding an S:
Run - He runs every morning
Walk - She walks to school
Catch - He catches the ball regularly
Talk - He talks too much
Sometimes the present tense can be used to when referring to the past is what is referred to as the fictional present. This is a narrative tool used in casual speaking. Working with your students using the resources and activities provided by Education.com above may help them learn to use present tense verbs correctly.