Subject Verb Agreement 1

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This lesson was originally designed to use with 5th graders as the first in a series of lessons that build an understanding of subject/verb agreement.

  • Introduce the book Our World: A Country by Country Guide by Millie Miller.
  • Introduce the idea of subject verb agreement. Introduce the one big rule: Single subjects require singular verbs, plural subjects require plural verbs
  • Pass out copies of pages 20 and 21. Ask students to find all of the places the word IS is used, and highlight them. As their working start a tree map title Subject/Verb and place a branch on it titled IS. Have students help you put all of the subjects that go with the is words on the tree map.
  • Repeat this search and map process with are, have and has. Then challenge students to find any verbs that end with an S (comes, means) and add those to the tree map. The last challenge is to find any other, present tense, verbs. (stretch, weave, belong, live, vary, collect)
  • Take a minute to summarize what you've learned. IS and HAS are singular and must be used with singular subjects. ARE and HAVE are plural and should be used with plural subjects. Verbs ending with and s are singular, verbs not ending with an s are plural.
  • Pass out the worksheet to students and have them circle the correct verbs.
  • For further practice, let the students help you choose another page from the book to read. Have them take notes about the country as you read. Then have them write 6 sentences about the country. They must use IS, ARE, HAVE, HAS, a singular present tense werb and a plural present tense verb.
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