This week we are learning about the verb “to be” in English. The verb “to be” can be a tricky thing to teach to. Try these simple activities to get your students up and moving so they are excited about English! Remember the verb “to be” in the present is just three simple words: is / am / are. This is super important for everyone to develop an understanding before they begin to form sentences.
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What you need:
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- Sorting activity (download)
- Verb “to be” worksheet (download)
- Introduction: The verb “to be” PowerPoint (download)
- Verb “to be” game PowerPoint (download)
- Three cups (or cut old water bottles and use as cups!)
- Play dough or clay
- Ball or soft toy
All preparation is optional and can be adjusted according to your classroom!
- Download and view the Introduction: The verb “to be” PowerPoint.
- Print sorting activity and prepare 3 cups with labels “is/am/are”
- Print verb “to be” worksheet
How to teach:
There are various things you can do with the resources I have created. Check out the brief lesson plan I’ve created that focuses on how to teach in a 45 minute period.
Introduction: 10 minutes
- Introduce the topic of the verb “to be” by drawing the verb chart on the board or showing the Introduction: The verb “to be” PowerPoint.
- Bomb ball: Students must stand in a circle and pass a ball around while music is playing. Teacher should randomly stop the music and whichever student is holding the ball must use the word is/am/are in a sentence. Correct students accordingly and makes sure they are referencing the verb chart from the verb “to be” PowerPoint. If a student cannot use the word in a sentence they must sit down. You can play until each word has been introduced with two examples or until there are few students standing.
Lesson Proper: 25 minutes
- Activity 1: Use the sorting activity and three cups (or recycled water bottles) labeled is/am/are to play a racing game. Split the class into small groups and scatter the sorting activity cards on the floor. Each group must race to place all of their cards into the correct cups. If you have a large space allow each team to line up and come up one at a time to choose 1 card to sort. Then, the student must high five the next in line before their team switches players. When the teams are finished check their answers and the fastest team is the winner! This activity can also be completed alone.
- Activity 2: Use the Verb “to be” play dough game and give each student a small ball of play dough. Play the PowerPoint and allow students to create their answer by spelling out each word in play dough. If students are advance you can also play as a team game. Split the class into small groups and give each a ball of play dough. Allow students to race to complete the question. Give the fastest team 1 bonus point and give each correct team 1 point. The team at the end with the most points is the winner!
Conclusion: 10 minutes
- Worksheet: Use the Verb “to be” worksheet to assess the students’ individual understanding. Allow the students to complete the worksheet independently for 5 minutes. Then, use the remaining 5 minutes to check the answers as a class.
Use the sorting activity and 3 cups (labeled is/am/are) to test your students. You can use these resources in small groups or prepare enough for each student in the class. See the detailed version of a fast paced game above.
Use the Verb “to be” play dough game and present to your class. Allow students to work as individuals or in a group to fill in the blank by spelling the answer in play dough. Depending on your class’s ability, you can make this into a fast paced game or keep it as a simple activity.