Progressive Verb Tenses


Progressive Verb Tenses focuses specifically on this one type of verb tense. Students will learn about past, present, and future progressive tenses. The lesson provides many examples that illustrate each tense. And the worksheets allow students a lot of practice to demonstrate their grasp of the concepts. They will familiarize themselves with the differences among the three tenses and easily be able to identify them all.

There are a few different alternatives or suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section that you might want to use in your lesson. For example, you could conduct a conversation with the entire class and analyze it to find different tenses. You could also assign students the verbs to use during the activity.

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What our Progressive Verb Tenses lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Progressive Verb Tenses expounds on this specific verb tense. It teaches students how to use this tense in present, past, and future forms. It discusses each progressive tense and provides examples to illustrate the concepts. By the end, students will easily be able to recognize and form sentences with this tense.

There are two pages of content in this lesson. First, the lesson will remind students what a verb is and helping verbs are. It then goes on to describe the three main progressive verb tenses that people use to convey continuous actions. It describes that this tense relates to things that were, are, or will be happening.

A chart displays the three tenses and provides a few examples for each. The future progressive adds that there must be a helping verb to correctly form the tense. The lesson then prompts students to see if they can tell the difference between each of the tenses they just learned about. You may want to add more examples to further explain them if your students need the extra help.


You will divide students into groups for the activity portion of the lesson. Students will work with their groups to follow the step-by-step instructions on the worksheet. They will conduct conversations using all three tenses, past, present, and future. Then they will read a conversation and try to connect each new sentence to the previous one. Finally, they will use the charts on the worksheet to keep track of which tenses each group member has to use.


There are three parts to the practice worksheet. First, students will mark statements as either present (PR), past (PA), or future (F) progressive tense. They will underline the action and helping verbs in each statement. Second, there are 10 statements with blanks. The action words they will use are at the beginning of the sentences. They will alter the action verb to match the right tense for that sentence. Finally, they will write a sentence that illustrates each tense.


The homework assignment is also divided into three parts. For the first part, students will circle the proper tense that correlates to the sentence they read. There are three total. Next, they will correctly write a sentence using the prompt at the beginning of a statement. There are nine statements in this section. Last, they will change sentences from one tense to another tense using the direction at the end of the sentences. There are three sentences for this part.

Additional information


4th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.