Past Tense Verbs Anchor Chart


The anchor chart that I'm sharing today is very simple... yet very important for ELLs.  In fact, I would estimate that I have created this anchor chart at least 20 times during my 12-year tenure as an ESL teacher.



Yep, it's those problematic past tense verbs.  I split my anchor chart into three sections:  regular past tense verbs (add -ed), irregular past tense verbs that change forms, and irregular past tense verbs that stay the same.  Before class, my anchor chart looks like this:

I have my students help me write the past tense verb beside each present tense verb.  

By the way, I have found that many students can benefit from this anchor chart- not just ELLs.  I wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard my seven-year-old English-only-speaking daughter utter "brang" in the past year.  I'd be rich!  Even my ten-year-old daughter said "quitted" recently!  And who can blame them?  "Sing" becomes "sang", but "bring" does not become "brang"???  What a confusing language we speak!


If you're looking for additional Irregular Past Tense Verb activities, feel free to take a look at my TpT store. The image below shows my bundle, but all of these products can be purchased individually, as well.

2 comments:

  1. Yes!! And to make it even more confusing, that tricky "ed" ending can have 3 different sounds! I have one little one that I'm trying to work SO hard with trying to say the correct "ed" ending. Another one that is so prevalent this year in my room- "bringed." We'll be creating this one soon! Thanks so much!

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  2. Would you believe we could still use this in middle school? I put some of the blame on texting and one thinking they have to sound "cool". Good times.

    -Lisa
    <a href="http://mrsspanglerinthemiddle.blogspot.com>Mrs. Spangler in the Middle</a>

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