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Past, Present, and Future Verb Tense Matching Activity - Irregular Verbs

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 7 pages | Grades: 1 - 4

Master past, present, and future tenses of irregular verbs with a butterfly matching activity.

Review Irregular Verb Tenses during Writing Centers!

This is the perfect resource to enhance your reading and writing instruction in the classroom.. This activity has students readingand identifying thet past, present, and future tense of irregular verbs. With a fun butterfly themed format, students will match present tense irregular verbs with their past and future tense counterparts.

To play, students will lay out the present tense butterfly cards on the table. Then they will use the remaining wing cards to identify the past and future tense forms that correspond to each present tense card.

Students will show their ability to identify and use past, present, and future tense forms of irregular verbs with this activity.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your English Language Arts and writing lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this activity to enhance learning through guided writing groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners and ELL/ESL students, we have a few suggestions for keeping students on track with these concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Complete the activities as a whole group, encouraging students to interact with the lesson and talk about their learning.

Have students work in pairs or small groups to complete the activity.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Have students extend their learning by identifying verbs around the classroom and listing them on paper. Then have them identify the past, present, and future tenses of those verbs.

Have students write sentences using the verbs presented in the activity.

Check out our blog to learn more ways to improve your students’ sentences.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

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Assign this interactive activity in Google Classroom. Please be sure to open in Edit mode, not presentation mode. Students click/drag/drop to identify the correct verb tenses.

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