Simple Present – Be

We are excited to present our NEW lower-level, simple present lesson on the verb “to be”! We’ve come up with a brand new template for this lesson, and we’d love your feedback! Please let us know what you think (what was useful, what was missing, etc.) in the Comments section below or through the Contact page on our website.

Introducing yourself in English is one of the first things students should learn. Our Simple Present – Be lesson in the Basic Grammar Structures section of the Grammar School gives students plenty of chances to practice this!

Your students will feel like they can confidently introduce themselves in English by the end of this lesson. Students will practice positive and negative sentences (including contractions), question formation, and pronouns, all while using the simple present tense of the Be verb.

This colorful 15-page lesson involves a variety of activities such as a picture dictionary, a matching exercise, multiple choice, dialogues, written answers, and a class survey—best of all, your students won’t get bored doing these fun exercises! Nine pages of flashcards are also included to use as an introduction to the adorable characters in the lesson or as a review later on.

Students can work alone or with a partner for almost all of the exercises in this lesson, and there are also two group activities. You can choose whether to do the entire lesson in one day or to break it up over a few days and/or assign some of it for homework.

Other simple present resources:

  • Try How to Introduce Yourself in English for speaking and listening practice. This blog post includes a free, printable dialogue.
  • This fun, printable activity gives your students practice with the simple present: Be Verb Practice: Be Yourself Game.
  • Check out our blog for teaching tips (see Teaching the Simple Present) and an activity (see Daily Routines Game – Reviewing the Simple Present Tense).
  • Our Grammar School has many simple present lessons that are broken down into categories, like Do, Can, Be, and Wh-Questions. There are more than enough worksheets to practice in class and do for homework. We also have simple present lessons in the Q & A Review and Grammar Stories sections of the Grammar School.
  • Our Library section lets students see the simple present in action. There are 17 simple present lessons in our Library – Present Simple Stories section. These lessons also include a digital component that students can do in class or at home.
  • Our Conversation Station has two categories of simple present dialogues: Present Simple Dialogues 1 and 2. Each section has over 20 worksheets!
  • Almost all of our Discovery Center lessons use the simple present. Students can see this tense in use as they read about topics that interest them such as animals, famous places, and food.
  • Our Verbs & Prepositions section in our Word Bank has a nine-page lesson on Daily Routines. Perfect practice for repeated actions in the simple present!

Find this lesson in the Grammar School – Basic Grammar Structures.


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