Verb Tenses – Grade 5


Verb Tenses – Grade 5 discusses verbs that convey time, sequence, condition, and state. Students will learn how to identify which statements fall into these four categories. They will also learn about helping or linking verbs. They will be required to use these verbs when writing sentences in certain tenses. For example, to convey something that has happened requires the “has” linking verb.

The lesson defines each of the four categories. It may take time for students to understand the differences among the four groups. However, the lesson provides many examples of each category. You can spend more time working with the students and adding your own examples. By the end, students will both identify and correctly use verbs that convey these aspects.

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What our Verb Tenses – Grade 5 lesson plan includes

Verb Tenses – Grade 5 explains verbs that communicate different aspects of language. It focuses on differences between verbs that convey time, sequence, state, and condition. The lesson provides detailed instruction on each of these areas. By the end, students will learn both how to identify these verbs and how to use them correctly.

This lesson begins with a brief overview of what verb tenses are. It explains that actions that occur at different times require different tenses. As an example, the lesson illustrates how a message varies based on tense. The lesson divides tenses into categories: time, sequence, condition, and state. It defines each category to help students understand which tenses belong in that group. For instance, the lesson defines “sequence” as a verb that “conveys the order of events.”

Furthermore, the lesson discusses helping and linking verbs. These verbs are necessary to convey certain tenses. It then discusses how to use verb tenses correctly. It provides several statements and includes which tense category the statement is in. You can test students’ comprehension with the activity, practice, and homework worksheets that follow.


The activity will certainly test students’ understanding of the material. Students will draw a picture to express each type of verb in one of four blank boxes. Afterward, they will write a sentences that matches the picture.


For the practice worksheet, students will first read a series of five sentences. They will have to mark whether the verbs indicate the present (PR), past (PA), or future (F). Then they will read a series of 15 sentences. This time, they will mark whether the verbs express time (T), sequence (Q), condition (C), or state (S).


The homework assignment further solidifies students’ knowledge. The first part requires students to match definitions to the correct type of verb expression. The second part requires them to write sentences that express the correct verb tense. The lesson provides twelve verbs. Each verb has a specific expression (time, sequence, condition, state) next to in parentheses. This signifies to students which tenses they will have to use.

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5th 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.