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Hanging out with Verb BE

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I used this to explain to my beginner ESL students the tenses of VERB BE. I put this situation: "BE is a single mother. She has 5 kids, 3 young and 2 old. The younger ones, AM, IS and ARE meet some cool friends. AM meets I, IS meets HE, SHE and IT, while ARE gets together with YOU,WE and THEY. The older siblings, WAS and WERE get along with everybody, but they also have preferences. WAS hangs around with only I, HE, SHE, and IT. WERE has friends in YOU, WE and THEY. They do not to hang out with people from other groups; some because don't have good social skills or are shy, others are watching the company they keep."
After I have explained this situation, which I illustrate by using any concept map you believe is suitable for you students, I give everybody a noun or pronoun. I divide the classroom into 5 sections, each labeled after one of BE's "children", either with a sign or preferably with a basket or bin, because I write the nouns and pronouns in index cards. I ask students to write their names on the back of the cards and put them in the respective bin;then I go checking who hang out with whom during that day. If someone makes a mistake, I will know who did it and as a class, we will place that person in the proper bin. Kids enjoy it, because they start making up stories about friends and family. It could be tied to an unit that talks about family and friends. I think it works, and they will never forget who's who and who hangs out with the VERB BE family.

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