Help with Irregular Verbs

verbsOne difficulty students have when writing is using the right form of a verb. One reason this is so difficult is because in English we have a lot of irregular verbs. We might use them automatically when speaking but for some reason it is more difficult when writing. Who knows why? Most verbs follow simple rules to make them past tense but not irregular verbs. Here is an activity your child can do in their writing notebooks. Create a simple T-chart. Label the first column “Base Form” and the second column “Simple Past Tense.” (I recommend adding the word simple because there is also a past participle!) Then, list some of the words you child uses frequently on the chart. When writing, he/she can have their writing notebook in front of them to refer to when needed.



About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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