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Do They Agree?

Martha Todd
Santa Rosa District Schools


Students review and practice subject-verb agreement by cutting and pasting (using a computer spreadsheet or a print out), and by writing a simple paragraph in which the subjects and verbs agree. (This lesson only addresses subject-verb agreement)


The student uses elements of grammar in speech (including but not limited to present, past, future, and progressive verb tenses; subject-verb agreement; pronoun references; word order).


- Transparency of practice sentences
- Overhead projector
- Computer with projection devise loaded with practice cut and paste activity
- Computers for student use with Word or copies of the student activity, glue and scissors
- Sentence strips and markers
- Paper and pencil for DAY 3


1. Print story file and be prepared to read it aloud. (You may want to make a transparency of the file for visual learners).
2. Write the sentences from the story on sentence strips.
3. Print sentence file and make a transparency.
4. Have computer ready with file to project the cut and paste teacher activity.
5. Have student computers ready for student cut and paste activity.


NOTE: Students need prior knowledge of basic paragraph structure and knowledge of how to cut and paste text in a document.

Background: A singular subject is used with a singular verb which generally ends in “s” or “es,” as in the example SHE IS VERY SMART. Plural verbs are used with plural subjects, as in the example: THEY ARE LARGE TRUCKS.

1. Introduce subject-verb agreement by reading aloud a story. (see associated file)Generate interest by allowing students to explain what they think is wrong with the story.

2. Group students in pairs and give them one of the sentences from the story written on a sentence strip. Students correct the sentence and rewrite it on the back of the sentence strip.

3. Each pair shares what was wrong with the sentence they edited and present their new sentences to the entire class.

4. Guide students to note the fact that the subjects and verbs do not agree.


1. Use the story transparency from day 1 to review subject-verb agreement.

2. Edit sentences together from the overhead as a review of subject and verb agreement. (see associated file)

3. If students have access to computers and a spreadsheet, review cutting and pasting by modeling the subject-verb agreement cut and paste activity using a projection system (see teacher word file in associated file). Due to formatting, you may have to use control C and Control V to cut and paste.

4. Students complete the student cut and paste activity. If computer access is not available, students can use scissors and glue to actually cut and paste.

5. Assess the student's document and give feedback. Reteach as necessary.


1. Instruct students to write a simple paragraph with at least 5 sentences to be assessed on subject-verb agreement. To assess each student,this is to be done individually, without assistance.

2. Assess paragraphs and reteach as necessary.


Students are formatively assessed on a cut and paste activity, which requires them to match subjects and verbs with attention paid to their agreement. Feedback and reteaching is given, and then each student writes a simple paragraph consisting of at least 5 sentences that demonstrate an understanding of subject-verb agreement.

Web Links

Subject-Verb agreement practice with a rainforest theme.
Subject-Verb Agreement

This site provides background knowledge for teachers on subject-verb agreement.
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