3rd Grade - Past, Present And Future Tenses

 
     
 
     
 
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3rd
Grammar
Past, present and future tenses
Identify and use past, present, and future verb tenses properly in writing and speaking.
Student is able to identify verbs. Student knows what the past, present, and future tense means. Student is also able to use spelling rules to change the verb tense.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What is present tense? The present tense takes place in the present and is usually formed by leaving the verb as is or adding an ‘s’ to the verb. (i.e. They play at the park.)

(2)

What is past tense? The past tense takes place in the past and is usually formed by adding an –ed to the verb. (i.e. They played at the park.)

(3)

What is future tense? The future tense takes place in the future and is usually formed by adding the word will before the verb. (i.e. They will play at the park.)

(4)

What spelling rules are necessary for each tense?

(5)

Are there special words that do not follow the spelling rules for the past tense?

(6)

Know and use complex word families when reading (e.g., -ight) to decode unfamiliar words. (3)

Learning Tips

(1)

Your child will usually pick up on tense forms just by listening and speaking. If they get stuck on a problem, have them read the problem out loud and ask them what sounds right.

(2)

The verbs that follow the –ed rule are usually the easiest for students to grasp as far as rules go. Irregular verbs are a little more difficult and will take more time for students to pick up on.

(3)

If your child is having a hard time following the spelling rules for regular verbs, make a visual for them to refer to. Some rules that can be posted are: if it ends in e, drop the e; double the consonant if it is a short one syllable verb.

(4)

At the end of a reading session at home, have your child look for verbs in the chapter they just read. Have them sort the verb into past, present, and future tense.

(5)

At the end of a reading session at home, have your child look for verbs in the chapter they just read. Have them sort past tense verbs by spelling rules. Some recommended categories: add –ed, drop the ‘e’ and add –ed, double the consonant and add –ed, irregular verbs.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Tell whether the sentence is written in the present, past, or future tense for the following five problems.

Matt helped his mother wash the dishes.

A) present B)past C) future

(2)

He will eat breakfast in the morning.

A) present B)past C) future

(3)

She walked to school yesterday.

A) present B)past C) future

(4)

They are watching a movie.

A) present B)past C) future

(5)

Yolanda will go to a party this weekend.

A) present B)past C) future

(6)

Circle the verb that is in the past tense for the following five problems.

The dog _______________ with his toy.

(plays, played)

(7)

I ___________________ my homework this afternoon.

(do, did)

(8)

My cousins _______________ to the zoo.

(go, went)

(9)

She _________________ up her report.

(typed, types)

(10)

We _______________ our books home from the library.

(carried, carries)

(11)

Write a sentence in the past tense.

(12)

Write a sentence in the present tense.

(13)

Write a sentence in the future tense.

(14)

Pick the sentence that is in the future tense.

  1. I ate steak for dinner.

  2. They will go swimming tomorrow.

  3. The cat purrs at its owner.

(15)

Pick the sentence that is in the past tense.

A) I ate steak for dinner.

B) They will go swimming tomorrow.

C) The cat purrs at its owner.

(16)

Pick the sentence that is in the present tense.

  1. I ate steak for dinner.

  2. They will go swimming tomorrow.

C) The cat purrs at its owner.

(17)

Circle the verb that is in the past tense.

A) petted B) will pet C) pets

(18)

Circle the verb that is in the present tense.

A) petted B) will pet C) pets

(19)

Circle the verb that is in the future tense.

A) petted B) will pet C) pets

(20)

Pick the sentence that has the correct tense for the following four problems.

  1. He eats yesterday.

  2. He ate yesterday.

(21)
  1. They will go to the museum next month.

  2. They went to the museum next month.

(22)
  1. Peter wants to go to the fair yesterday.

  2. Peter wanted to go to the fair yesterday.

(23)
  1. The teacher taught them multiplication tomorrow.

  2. The teacher will teach them multiplication tomorrow.

(24)

Tell whether the sentence is written in the present, past, or future tense for the following five problems.

The librarian showed him where he could find the book.

A) present B)past C) future

(25)

Janine will play checkers with her cousins next week.

A) present B)past C) future

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