Present Tense To Be! But Which One? Task Cards
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The be verb is almost always the first one we teach ELLs, and for good reason. We use it all the time, it is hard to hold even a basic conversation without it, but it is also a very confusing verb. This activity consists of 24 sentences practicing the simple present tense conjugation of the verb be. A digital task cards version of these sentences is also available for distance learning. The activity can be done in several different ways, and all use the same 24 sentences:
Task Cards: pages 2-7: these cards have one sentence per card and students record which form of the verb completes each sentence on the recording sheet. This can be done in a center (place cards in a basket) or as a scoot (either kids move around the room or cards are passed from person to person) activity.
Response Cards: page 8; teacher reads the sentences aloud and students hold up the appropriate card to complete the sentence. This is a great way to quickly assess the understanding of the whole class.
Slap: page 9-11; the class is divided into two teams. One student from each team comes to the board and takes a fly swatter. The teacher reads the sentence aloud and students try to be the first to slap the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence.
Clip It!: page 12-17; place the cards in a center with a large container of clothes pins. Students then clip a pin on top of the correct form of the verb be on each card. The task card recording sheet can also be used for these cards if students need to record their answers to be checked later.