ALEX Learning Activity


That's Irregular

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Marcus Jackson
System:Chickasaw City
School:Chickasaw City Elementary School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2438
That's Irregular
Digital Tool/Resource:
Irregular Verbs
Web Address – URL:

The students will learn how to use irregular verbs in everyday speaking, listening, and writing. The students will use the digital tool in order to listen for irregular verbs and use them in the present and past tense.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
37 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.3.1]

a. Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences. [L.3.1a]

b. Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns. [L.3.1b]

c. Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood). [L.3.1c]

d. Form and use regular and irregular verbs. [L.3.1d]

e. Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses. [L.3.1e]

f. Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.* [L.3.1f]

g. Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified. [L.3.1g]

h. Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. [L.3.1h]

i. Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences. [L.3.1i]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.3.37- Demonstrate standard English grammar when communicating.
ELA.AAS.3.37a- Demonstrate correct use of nouns and verbs.
ELA.AAS.3.37b- Demonstrate correct use of plural nouns.
ELA.AAS.3.37c- Demonstrate correct use of adjectives.
ELA.AAS.3.37f- Demonstrate correct use of pronouns.
ELA.AAS.3.37g- Demonstrate correct use of adverbs.

Learning Objectives:

I can use irregular verbs and sequence words in writing.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

  1. The teacher will show the youtube video on the most common irregular verbs. Click on the link: Irregular verb

  2. The teacher will explain irregular verbs-A verb in which the past tense is not formed by adding the usual -ed ending. The teacher will give examples of irregular verbs: take/took/taken, say/said, make/made, feel/felt, tell/told, sing/sang/sung.
  3. The teacher will model for the students how to use irregular verbs in a sentence (For example, I will tell/told you about my life.  I took/take/taken a bath last night. I feel/felt tired, last night, after eating dinner.)
  4. The teacher will explain the present tense (what’s happening now) and past tense (what happened yesterday or last week, last month, etc.). Make a t-chart on the whiteboard and head the top of the t-chart present tense and past tense.
  5. The teacher will continue to model how to use irregular verbs in the present tense and past tense. For example: (Present tense) I would like to buy a snack.  (Past tense)I bought a snack yesterday. (Present) I fell on the floor. (Past) I have fallen off the stool. Place the verb under the correct heading of the t-chart.
  6. The teacher will model for the students how to make a t-chart (the t-chart will be used for displaying irregular verbs). Ask the students to design the t-chart inside their Language Arts writing journals or on drawing/butcher paper.
  7. Ask the students to label one side of the t-chart present tense and the other side past tense.
  8. Write the following verbs on the whiteboard: went, come, told, felt, become, left, keep
  9. Ask the students: I spoke softly while walking in line. Please speak to your neighbor about the lesson.
  10. Ask the students which word would go underneath the heading for present tense and which word would go underneath the heading of past tense. Continue guided practice with the other irregular verbs.
  11. Show the video on irregular verbs and allow the students to use some of the irregular verbs by placing the correct form of the verb in the correct column.
Assessment Strategies:

The teacher will check for understanding as the students place their chosen irregular verbs into the correct column.

Advanced Preparation:

The teacher should familiarize themselves with the irregular verbs.

Variation Tips (optional):

The students can use words from the t-chart to write a story using the irregular words.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

The teacher may use this resource as an introduction to teaching irregular verbs and Tier 1 and Tier 2 vocabulary words in whole group or small group.

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: irregular verbs