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    helping verbs
    By Carol

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    I have a Halloween activity. I call the helping verbs "dead verbs" and we try to find better ways to write and try to avoid too many helper verbs. I have students memorize the words in this order.

    am
    are
    was
    were
    is
    have
    has
    had
    may
    might
    must
    be
    being
    been
    do
    does
    did
    shall
    should
    will
    would

    It is fun. They try to say it as fast as possible. We practice it for several days.

    I start the unit by telling them that the room is haunted. I make up a big story about being alone in the classroom grading papers, when I realized that the papers were haunted with dead verbs. We then cut out tombstones and ghosts with the dead verbs written on them. Sixth graders love this activity.



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