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  • 1. Visual Verbs: Using Manipulatives to Teach Verb TensesLos Angeles Regional CATESOL • October 22, 2011 Marla Yoshida • UC Irvine Extension • International Programs
  • 2. Verb timelines:A grammar teaching tradition XPast Now Future
  • 3. Advantages of a 3-D timeline• Real objects keep students’ interest.• Moving “verbs” around on their own timelines keeps students involved and helps them understand. Effective for kinesthetic learners.• You don’t have to redraw it every time.• The “verbs” aren’t static. They can be made to show the qualities of tenses by rolling or stretching.
  • 4. Constructing a 3-D timeline1. Gather your materials: • A strip of corner molding (wood or plastic). 2-3 feet is a good length.
  • 5. Constructing a 3-D timeline1. Gather your materials: • A metal strip or strips, slightly shorter and narrower than the molding. Hacksaw blades work well. Magnetic tape is also OK.
  • 6. Constructing a 3-D timeline1. Gather your materials: • Hard-drying clay for the ends of the timeline.
  • 7. Constructing a 3-D timeline1. Gather your materials: • Hot glue gun and glue sticks or other strong glue. • Paint is optional
  • 8. Constructing a 3-D timeline1. Gather your materials: • Verbs
  • 9. Constructing a 3-D timeline2. Measure and cut the molding.
  • 10. Constructing a 3-D timeline3. Glue the metal strips in place.
  • 11. Constructing a 3-D timeline4. Use clay to shape triangular ends.
  • 12. Constructing a 3-D timeline5. Mark the ends “past” and “future.”
  • 13. The finished timeline
  • 14. The finished timeline
  • 15. Another way:1. Cut a long strip of posterboard and two small strips for the ends.
  • 16. Another way:2. Fold lengthwise. Fold and attach labels at ends as braces.
  • 17. Smaller timelines for studentsThe easiest way: Photocopy timeline. Usebeans, beads, or pieces of straws to representverbs.
  • 18. Smaller timelines for studentsOr cut and fold paper to make V-shaped timeline.
  • 19. Verb tenses related to the present
  • 20. Verb tenses related to the past
  • 21. Verb tenses related to the future
  • 22. Try these on the timeline:1. I ate breakfast at 7:00 this morning.2. While I was eating, I spilled some orange juice.3. I’ve been here for 20 minutes.4. I’ve seen that movie three times.5. I had decided to see that movie even before I saw the trailer.
  • 23. Try these on the timeline:6. I wear glasses.7. I’m wearing glasses.8. I’m going to wear glasses again tomorrow.9. When you see me again, I’ll still be wearing glasses.
  • 24. Questions?