Marcie Stevenson
Elementary English Language Arts
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Lesson Plan
Upper Elementary
  • Irregular Verbs
  • Lesson Plan
  • Speech Therapy
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    Education Standards

    Irregular Verbs


    This lesson plan was designed for speech-language pathologists working with small groups or 1:1 but can be adapted to classrooms. 

    Feel free to adapt this lesson in any way that works for you.


    This activity was designed for a small group, or 1:1 speech therapy session but can be adapted for larger groups, such as classrooms.

    Students will select a picture and provide a sentence (either verbally or written) and use the irregular verb form correctly in their sentence.

    Time: 20- minutes to 1 hour. Depending on how much practice the student needs.

    Format: face-to-face or virtual, with adaptions

    Author: Marcie Stevenson

    Background for Teachers


    • To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of present tense, future tense, regular past tense and irregular verbs.

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes


    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use irregular past tense verbs when describing pictures at the sentence level.
      • You can elicit a response with, "The boy is falling down." What happened to the boy? He ___(fell)."

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will produce grammatically correct sentences, using the irregular past tense verb form, when describing 10 pictures with at least 80% accuracy.


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Step 2 Planning Instruction


    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of present tense verbs.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Some students will need a refresher course on present tense verbs. You could elicit this with the prompt, "What are you doing right now?" (talking, listening, sitting, looking), or for the 3rd person singular present tense "What is your neighbor doing right now?". You can also do this same task with pictures and storybooks. Talk about what the characters are currently doing.

    Students who are learning English as a second language will need many opportunities to practice and hear the verb tenses.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Step 3 Instruction


    • Find small pictures that show people/animals in action.
      • You can find free pictures HERE or use any that you have access to
    • Print and cut the pictures. Put the pictures in a small envelope
    • Have the student choose a picture. Tell what the person/animal does presently ("What is she doing?") and then have the student tell you what the person/animal did (i.e., "What did she do?")
    • Chart the answer either Correct or Incorrect (+/-)
    • Reinforce the correct answer or provide teaching, if necessary


    Step 4 - Assessments

    Step 4 Assessments

    • Using a therapy log, keep track of correct or incorrect answers using +/-
    • If the student has not met the 80% mastery goal, continue teaching and practicing the verbs and do the activity again.
    • Find other ways to practice the verbs and then repeat the activity to check for mastery.
    • You can find other verbs to teach in the same way