Exploring Types of Verbs Unit Plan

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9 x lessons | Suitable for grades: 3 - 5

This English Language Arts unit explores several types of verbs including action, helping, linking, irregular, simple tense, and perfect tense verbs. This unit is intended for upper-elementary students that have some prior knowledge of action verbs.

It consist of 9 lessons approximately 60 minutes in duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An independent writing task, which may couple as an assessment task, is included in the unit. The number of lessons required to complete this task may vary from class to class.


  • To identify action, helping, and linking verbs.
  • To correctly use past, present, and future simple tense verbs.
  • To review past, present, and future simple verb tenses and to introduce irregular verbs.
  • To identify and effectively incorporate irregular verbs in written work.
  • To write sentences with correct subject and verb agreement.
  • To understand and identify the past perfect tense.
  • To understand and identify the present perfect tense.
  • To understand and identify the future perfect tense.
  • To assess students' understanding of all types of verbs taught within the unit.

Preparing for Learning

This unit provides opportunities for cross-curricular integration, especially in writing. Be sure to review all lesson plans and resources prior to commencing the unit. Ensure that there is ample wall space for posters and charts used in this unit.



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