In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about verb tenses. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Tenses topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching Verb Tenses
In the Future
Together read science fiction novels that take place in the future. Then have students write paragraphs about the future. What do they think will happen in the future? What will life be like? What would they like to do when they get older? Remind students to use the future tense in their paragraphs. Give students opportunities to share their work with each other and proofread each other’s work.Switching TensesHave students find a paragraph in their favorite book. Then have them rewrite the paragraph using a different tense. For example, a student may rewrite a paragraph about dinosaurs written in the past tense and use the present tense. How does the tense change the paragraph? How does the tense make the writing more or less confusing? Discuss how choosing the right tense is important in writing.Word PlayHave students write different verbs on index cards. Then put their cards in a box or hat and draw different verbs. Have students write sentences using the verb in past, present, and future tense. Students can write them in their notebooks or come up to the board and write. As an alternative, students can pick a few cards and write one paragraph using the words on the card. You may wish to assign them a tense to use in their paragraphs.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Verb Tenses
Explain to your child that sportscasters describe a sporting event as it happens. You may want to show an example by watching a sporting event on TV or listening to one on the radio. If possible, attend a sporting event such as a basketball game and have your child describe what he or she sees using the present tense. Then have your child write a few of his or her observations and descriptions in a notebook.Irregular VerbsReading is the best way for your child to familiarize himself or herself with irregular verbs. Together read a book together and keep a list of all the irregular verbs. You and your child may want to keep a running list or irregular verbs that you find while reading. Then have your child tell the present and future tense of each verb.