Verb To Be 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 uses group and individual activities to teach students about the use of linking verbs, focusing on the verb 'to be.' The lesson plan also addresses subject complements.

Lesson Objectives

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

  • define linking verbs.
  • identify the verb to be as a linking verb.
  • locate the subject complement in a sentence containing a form of to be.

Length

  • 30 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.1.C

Use verb tense to convey various times, sequences, states, and conditions.

Materials

  • Copies of the text lesson What Are Linking Verbs? - Definition & Examples and accompanying quiz
  • Magnetic word tiles, word flashcards, or small index cards with words. Word selection should include nouns, action verbs, linking verbs, adjectives, and articles.
  • Set of verb cards including several action verbs as well as conjugations of to be (am, are, is, were, was)

Instruction and Activities

Sentence Review

  • Ask students what is necessary to form a complete sentence.
  • Distribute copies of the text lesson What Are Linking Verbs? - Definition & Examples, read as a class, stopping after 'The Ingredients of a Sentence.'
  • To further review the basic construction of a sentence, put students in groups. Give each group a set of word cards. (Each card should contain a single word, and sets should include nouns, action verbs, linking verbs, adjectives, and articles.)
  • Set a timer and groups have two minutes to use their words to form a complete sentence.
  • Each group shares their sentence and explains why it is a complete sentence.
    • For example: Our sentence is ''Marja ate cake.'' Marja is the subject and ate is the verb, so it is a complete sentence.

Linking Verbs

  • Prior to the lesson prepare a set of verb cards including several action verbs as well as conjugations of to be (am, are, is, were, was).
  • Invite a student to the front to remove a card from the set. Students should act out the verb while the rest of the class guesses the verb. Students will quickly note that is it much easier to act out an action verb than a conjugation of the verb to be!
  • Remind students of the definition of an action verb.
  • Write the conjugations of to be on the board (am, are, is, was, were). Ask students to write one or two sentences, each using one of the forms of to be.
  • Have someone share a sentence and use the sentence to point out the linking verb. Students save their sentences for the next activity.

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