Reflection: Student Ownership Past and Present Verb Tenses - Section 4: Collaborative Activity


One of my ah-ha moments while teaching this lesson was when my students realized that words ending in ‘ed’ were past tense verbs, and words ending in ‘ing’ were present tense words.  Even though they saw the power point and acted out the motions of the verbs, it was not until they actually wrote the words during the collaborative activity and saw all the words sorted out in past and present tense groups did this hit home for them.  It made me realize that at this young age children actually need to be taught and given many opportunities to practice.  And further strengthened my belief that children learn best when they discover the rule themselves, rather than being told the rule and then practicing it in meaningless drills.

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Past and Present Verb Tenses

Unit 3: Learning New Words and Making Discoveries
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: SWBAT read and identify the difference between past and present verb tenses.

Big Idea: Reading, writing, and speaking informatively begins with knowing verb tenses.

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