This activity is a triple play because it can be done three ways. I love the flexibility of it because it allows me to tailor the activity to each group of students. Homophones and homonyms are very difficult for English language learners and so they need a lot of practice to be able to distinguish between them when listening and writing.
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 (pg 5-6) 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. 4). 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 sentence strips (pg. 5-6); then provide each student with a recording sheet (pg. 7). 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.
The answer key is on page 8!