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Simple Past Tense Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan reviews verbs and teaches the simple past tense. The plan includes a video, group activities, reading exercises, and a writing assignment.

Lesson Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define simple past tense.
  • write verbs in the simple past tense.

Length

  • 1-2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.E

Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses.

Materials

  • Access to video lesson What is Simple Past Tense? - Definition & Examples and accompanying quiz
  • Set of sentence cards including some sentences written in past, present, and future tenses but without specific time indicators (such as yesterday, next week, etc.)
  • Small ball
  • Dictionaries, one dictionary entry with an irregular verb enlarged to show students how to find verb tense in a dictionary entry
  • Copies of an article of your choice
  • Brief story (one paragraph) written in the present tense

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