This loop game was devised by us to support our children develop a greater knowledge of irregular verbs when changed from present to past tense and vice versa.
This loop game contains 36 pairs of words and can be used to change from present to past, or vice versa. Playing is easy. Print the words for the game and cut the cards into the 36 playing cards. Each child receives at least one card - ensuring that all the cards are handed out. Select a child to read the present verb on their card. The children then look at their cards to see if they have the past tense verb for that word on their card. If they do, they read the answer, and then read out the new present tense verb. The game continues until all of the cards have been used.
As the children play this game, they will be learning all 36 pairs of words! Once the children have played it a few times and understood the rules, swap the cards around the children. Play again.
You will find that children will start learning and reciting the words when children reveal what is on their cards. In UK schools, this game is great for preparation of SPAG!
To extend the game, we have included the template to add further pairs of words to the set. This will allow you to develop the game further for the needs of your children, or add words which you have identified from your assessment that need to be worked on.
To further develop the game, why not:
- Start with the past tense verb first and the children change to the present tense.
- Use the cards as dominoes for a learning centre.
- Time the children with a stopwatch - what is the fastest time the children can complete the loop game in?
- Using the spare cards - why not ask the children to research present and past tense irregular verbs collected from their reading or their writing.
Our children love this game, and we know that they understand how the present and past verb forms link together - and can spell them correctly.
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