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Past Tense, Present Tense and Future Tense Posters


A set of four posters providing simple descriptions and examples of past, present and future tense.

Past tense:

The event has already happened.
I looked at bugs in the park.

Present tense:

The event is happening now.
I’m looking for bugs in the park.

Future tense:

The event is going to happen.
I will look for bugs tomorrow.

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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3.A
Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Conventions of Standard English > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1.E
Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home).

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Conventions of Standard English > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.E
Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Conventions of Standard English > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.1 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.1.B
Form and use the perfect (e.g., I had walked; I have walked; I will have walked) verb tenses.


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  • These are great, very helpful for my class of 8&9 year olds. Thank you!

    Comment by Dorothy Clark on July 19, 2014 at 3:43 am

  • A handy resource to help teach tense easily.

    Comment by dih on August 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm

  • A handy resource to help students understand the past and present tenses.

    Comment by Lea Jones on September 27, 2014 at 2:50 pm

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