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How do you explain the concept "state of being" with helping verbs to third graders?

Apr 6, 2015 4:12am

  • English Language Arts
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  • Assessment / Engagement


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    • Apr 9, 2015 10:03pm

      I would tell my 5th graders that the state of being verbs were ones that take place in the brain and can't be seen. Then I would provide a couple of examples and make it funny. Ex: I would say has anyone ever seen a "was"? No, but it is important because it tells what the subject does or is up to. How about an "are"? Same thing, you can't see it, but it is important to a sentence.

      • Jul 21, 2015 12:29am

        Actually, state of being verbs are linking verbs. Donald is describing abstract action verbs. State of being verbs show a relationship. I am a teacher. I = teacher. The sunshine is bright. sunshine = bright. All state of being verbs can be replaced with the correct form of to be. The cheese smells funky. = The cheese is funky. Sentence diagramming helps as well.