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The be verb be is very difficult for English language learners so they need a lot of practice. I call this activity a triple play game because it can be used three different ways (slap, response cards, task cards or scoot). I love the flexibility of it because it allows me to tailor the activity to each group of students. Here are the directions for the three ways I use this activity:
Slap: Place the three large signs (pg. 2-3) on the board with magnets, tape, or tacks. Divide the class into two teams and have one person from each team come to the board. Give each person a fly swatter or similar device. Read a sentence leaving out the be verb. The object of the game is the be the first person to slap the correct be verb with their swatter, thus earning one point for their team. Change people for every sentence.
Response Cards: Give each student a set of response cards (pg. 5). Read the sentences aloud leaving out the be verb. Students should hold up a card indicating their choice for the correct verb for that sentence. This is an easy way to check group understanding and quickly pin point quiet students who are struggling without them having to speak or perform in front of the class.
Scoot: Print, laminate, and cut the task cards (pg. 6-11); then provide each student with a recording sheet (pg. 12). Students each start with one sentence, read it, record their answer in the correct square, and pass them to the next person. Students keep reading and passing until they’ve completed all 24 sentences. You can also use these task cards as a clip activity by having students place a clothes pin over the correct word to complete each sentence.
The answer key is on page 13!
A digital Google Slides Task Cards version is available.
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