Verb Forms of To Be Grammar Unit for Newcomer ELs, ESL Posters and Worksheets

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27 Pages, 18 Slides
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Looking for high quality grammar activities and worksheets that will reach your newcomer and beginner ELs? In this Verb “To Be” Unit every question, fill in, etc. on every page is accompanied by a visual/clipart. This is to build students’ vocabulary and allow to them to apply new grammatical skills in an authentic way that is comprehensible to them regardless of their language knowledge.

This ESL Grammar Unit covers verb forms of “to be”, the negative form, as well as the contraction form. Anchor charts and target word wall cards are provided for clear instruction of these skills individually. Follow-up activities include matching, cut & paste, fill-ins, writing activities, reading (a comic-strip style text using the verb “to be” in context), and skill extension. Take a look at the product preview for a closer look at each activity!

This unit comes in both a printable PDF or digital, interactive Google Slides™ version.


  • Anchor Charts/Posters: These full-page posters describe 1) verb forms of “to be”, 2) the negative form, and 3) the contraction form with student friendly language and visuals.
  • Word Wall Cards: These word wall cards make it easy to display the forms of the verb “to be” individually for students.
  • Flashcards: Similar to the word wall cards, each form of “to be" comes with a card showing a visual that represents it. Students write the word on the back of the card in order to practice and study their words.
  • Lift-the-Flap Foldable: Students cut along the dotted lines to fold each side over the center images. Then, they write the target words on the outsides of the flaps.
  • Cut & Paste: Students and match the target words to their visual representation in this hands-on cut and glue activity.
  • Matching: Students match the target words and then sentences to an accompanying visual.
  • Fill-Ins: Students use a word bank to complete fill-in in the blank sentences.
  • Let’s Write: Students circle the answer to a question and then write the answer in a sentence below.
  • All About____: Students use examples to write their own paragraphs about “me”, “him/her” and “them”.
  • Let’s Read: Students read a comic strip style text including the grammar skill. Then, they highlight where the skill is found in context.
  • Extend: Extra practice using new vocabulary

This unit is discounted, along with other important grammar skills, in the ESL Grammar Units Bundle! The Grammar Units Bundle is also included in the Beginner ESL Curriculum Megabundle!

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27 Pages, 18 Slides
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