Grade: Middle
Subject: Language

#2408. Practice your verb tense forms

Language, level: Middle
Posted Tue Oct 23 17:42:00 PDT 2001 by Thad Schmenk (
Fort Dorchester High School, Charleston, SC, USA
Materials Required: paper and patience
Activity Time: as long as you like, but not more than 15 min
Concepts Taught: correctly spelling verb tense forms

Practice your Tenses (present, past, and past participle)

Object of the Game: Working as a group, the students will correctly list all three tense forms of a verb the fastest. Doing this correctly will earn them a point. The group with the most points at the end, wins.

How to play: The students can determine which team member will start. However, for each round a different player must start. Then, once the verb is called out in English, the first student must write down the correct form of the called out verb in the target language in the present tense. When he or she is finished, he/she will pass the paper to the next student, who will write down the correct form of the past tense. When finished, he/she will pass the paper to the third member, who will write the correct form of the past participle.

Once all three forms have been written down, they may raise their hands to signal they are finished. If they have written down the correct forms the fastest, they receive one point. If not, the teacher moves on to the second fastest team and checks to see if they have correctly written down the proper verb forms for the three tenses. One point is awarded per round. (of course, you can do as you like)

Tips when playing:

-all six hands must be in the air in order for the team to be finished and ready to have their paper checked. If hands go up before the last member is done writing, they are disqualified for the round. Students catch on really quick to this.

-there is to be no talking, signing, code or anything else to be happening while students are writing. If one of the above occurs, the team is disqualified for the round.

-the teacher should check to make sure there are three different forms of handwriting on the paper.

-check to make sure other team members are not helping their team members by spelling the words on the desk.

-each group needs only one sheet of paper. Each player needs one pencil or pen. Nothing else should be on the desks!!

-next, have the students label across the top of their papers the three tenses you want them to practice. Then have them draw vertical line creating three columns.

-you can assign team names or team numbers, and you may want to assign a score keeper if you would like.

-then, explain to your students that there must be absolute silence during this game. If there is talking out of excitement, encouragement, or anything else, their group will be cancelled out for the round.