Identify sentences written in past, present, and future tense with task cards designed for primary grades.
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In this activity, students will sort a series of sentence cards into three categories: past tense, present tense, and future tense. They will read the card, determine its tense, and place it under one of three tense headings. Once this is completed, students will then record the sentences on the recording sheet under the correct heading.
Through this verb tense activity, students will practice identifying, sorting, and writing sentences in past tense, present tense, and future tense. This sorting activity is designed with the primary level student in mind, so the sentences are written at a reading level appropriate for first and second grade.
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
In addition to individual student work time, use this English Language arts resource 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, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:
Verb Tense Sort: Scaffolding and Extension Tips
In addition to individual student work time, use this verb tense sorting activity as a:
- Writing center activity
- Post-lesson exit ticket
- Homework assignment
- Whole-class review (via smartboard)
🚀Got fast finishers? After finishing the sort and checking the answers, challenge students to conjugate each of the sentences into their alternate tenses, either as a class or in small groups.
🪜Support struggling students by assigning this sort as a pair or small group activity. You can also project the sorting cards on the board and fill in the recording sheet as students provide answers.
A Variety of Ways to Prepare This Resource
Print one copy of the sorting cards and cut them apart. Place the activity in a literacy center or writing station! Provide students with copies of the recording sheet and set them to work!
Additionally, you could project the cards onto a screen and work through them as a class by having students write the sentences in their notebooks or on recording sheets.
This resource was created by Kiri, a teacher in Illinois Teach Starter Collaborator.
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