Verb Tenses – Grades 1-3


Verb Tenses – Grades 1-3 introduces students to past, present, and future tenses and the difference between regular verbs and irregular verbs. Students will learn how to conjugate both types of verbs.

There are a few suggestions listed in the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page that you may want to incorporate into your lesson, whether as alternatives or additions. One option is to print out the regular and irregular verb lists and make copies for each student so they can review them when they need to. Another option is to assign students to write additional sentences using the verbs on the list. For more advanced students, you can add content related to using the same tense when writing stories.

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What our Verb Tenses – Grades 1-3 lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Verb Tenses – Grades 1-3 teaches students how to identify and correctly use verbs in the past, present, and future tenses. Students will discover helping verbs and learn how to use them. They will also learn the difference between regular and irregular verbs and how to write them correctly.

This lesson contains two content pages of instruction. The first page illustrates how people write verbs in a different way depending on what tense they are writing in. Students will learn about the present, past, and future tenses and what to add to a verb in order to write it correctly. The lesson provides a few examples to enhance their grasp of the concepts.

There are several tables that list common regular and irregular verbs. The tables display the different tenses of each word. The second page also introduces students to irregular verbs and how they do not conjugate using the same rules as regular verbs do. Students will also discover 24 helping verbs that they will use in certain contexts.


For the activity, students will write sentences that match pictures on the worksheet. They will need to write three sentences per pictures: one in present tense, one in past tense, and one in future tense. The classroom procedure page mentions pairing students up for the activity. However, you can have students work alone or in groups if you prefer.


The practice worksheet divides into two parts. The first part requires students to circle verbs in a sentence and then circle whether it is in present, past, or future tense. There are 20 total sentences here. For the second part, students must fill in the blank with the correct word. There are six sentences and six words to use in the sentences.


The homework assignment also has two sections. The first section requires students to circle the correct verb out of two options in 10 sentences. On the second section, students must write a sentence using the verbs listed. There are 10 sentences in this section.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1.C, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1.E, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1.D, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1.A, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1.D, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1.F

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.