I’ve been experimenting with ways to draw my students’ attention to the verb endings in a way that supports their understanding. For a long time, I would point to my verb charts as I taught, but I’ve found a way easier way! Print out these verb endings (I like them on bright, neon paper) and hang them in an easily accessible place. For me, that’s on my whiteboard. As I talk to them, I point to the verb ending and pause just a moment to give them a chance to capture the meaning before moving on.
The amazing thing is that my Little Darlings are using these in their writing! More than ever before, they’re not only writing in the 3rd person! During their quick writes, I see them check the verb ending posters as they’re madly writing.
This download includes all preterit and imperfect verb endings. I like to print the Preterit on RED paper and the Imperfect on GREEN paper. We talk briefly about the Preterit is the Red light on a stoplight, it interrupts the action with a stop or a start. The Green Imperfect, like a green light, signals you to keep going.