“I Am” or “I Am Not”

Scripture: Genesis 3-4

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of the first sins
  • Students will learn/review how to conjugate the verb “to be” and use it properly in a sentence
  • Students will participate in an activity to help them practice using the verb “to be” properly in conversation

Guiding Question: How do you conjugate the verb “to be” properly using a variety of subjects?

Materials: game sheets, pens, snacks (optional)

Procedure: Review the story of the first sins. Have students find all of the variations of the verb “to be” in the story (am, are, is, was, were) and note which subjects go with each form of “to be”. Pass out game sheets or blank pieces of paper. Have students interact with each other to find out what other students “are” (or to match categories on game sheet). Encourage students to share different things with each person they “meet”, if possible. After students have found something out about each of their fellow classmates, have them take turns introducing various classmates or groups of classmates using the proper form of the verb “to be” and the information they learned. They should use proper nouns and pronouns. During their introductions, each students should use each of the forms of the verb “to be” (past and present tenses) at least once.

Additional Question: How do you negate the verb “to be” properly?

Supplemental Activity: Repeat the activity, but this time the students must discover what fellow students “are not”.