Be verb

I am sleepy. Are you happy?

Japanese name: Be動詞 (be doushi)

I am hungry.
You are my friend.
He is a rugby player.

The verb “to be” is quite important in English, as you can imagine. It’s one of the first grammar points taught to students in the course of formal English instruction. Unlike Japanese, it has to be conjugated depending on the subject. This can be challenging for students, but they will gradually build familiarity over many years of practice.

“Be” is also used as an auxiliary verb in many other grammar points, but this tag only applies to the basic usage of the verb.

  • How are you? Sugoroku

    Play a Super Smash Bro sugoroku (board game) while practicing How are you? and feelings.

  • Bingo (with variations)

    Goes with questions that have Yes/No answers (Do you?/ Are you?/ Can you?/ Will you?/ Did you?/ Have you?) Matching answers (three or more) - 1 bingo. The student with highest bingo count wins.

  • Are you~? Do you~? Tictactoe

    Students ask questions using Are you? and Do you? to play Tictactoe.

  • Weather Report Battleship

    Practice with days of the week and weather for new/young learners.

  • Here We Go! 一年生 Unit 2 Club Activities

    The warm-up, small talk, conclusion slides will all be the same, but the content changes per lesson. I wanted to post this for others like me who would benefit from a solo-teaching PowerPoint example.

  • Are / Do / Can - review 2

    Affirmative, Question and Negative forms

  • Are / Do / Can - review 1

    Quick written review of these types of sentences. Question form and affirmative form.

  • Guess Who - Are you, Do you, Can you?

    Guess Who worksheet made for end of Unit 1 review for JHS textbook New Horizons - 1, with optional Writing Practice page.

  • Negative Be Verb/ Do Verb Writing Race

    Students differentiate between negated be verbs and do verbs in a writing race

  • Are you...? / Do you...? Bingo

    Get the students to recognize the difference between the two types

  • How are you? Where is the character game.

    Students guess which feeling a character is hiding behind by saying "I'm --.". There are 10 questions.

  • 4 pics 1 word (Jobs and Professions)

    This is from the mobile application, 4 pics 1 word. This is for the students to practice the vocabularies from lesson 10 of Junior Sunshine 6.

  • Let's Try! 2 ~U7 Review Questions

    Reviewing at the end of Unit 7? Here are some questions you can ask the students during review.

  • Interview Quiz- "Do you know your classmates?"

    This activity uses 3rd person singular simple present verbs. Students interview each other in pairs, and then the ALT quizzes the class.

  • I'm Scared Of...

    Halloween-themed ghost template for students to draw/write their fears

  • Find Your Boss

    Help students find their bosses.

  • Introduce your character

    Students introduce a character to their AET.

  • "Boss" Game (be 動詞)

    Trading card/Guess Who-esque game to practice "be" verb

  • 3 hint quiz (FOOOOOD)

    Warming up, let's get those bellies rumbling.

  • Are you a soccer fan?

    A simplified battleship-style game.

  • Guess Who

    Students use be verbs "am" and "are", nouns and adjectives.

  • Are you? Guess who

    Students guess which character their partners are by asking are you/wh questions

  • 3 Hint Country Quiz

    Students have fun guessing the countries and attempt a code breaker!

  • Who are you? Quiz game

    A review of the grammar points and vocabulary from New Crown 1, Lesson 1 (Are you ___? Are you from ___? and Yes, I am/ No, I`m not)

  • General knowledge quizzes!!

    Fun warm up! Get the juices flowing! ENJOY!

  • Snakes and Ladders

    A3 Snakes and Ladders board with card sections for use as a review activity.

  • Who is he/who is she?

    Students have to guess who the person is based on hints given .

  • How are you Jankan

    A race activity to practice how are you and the 'Be verb'

  • 'Be' Verb Fruit Basket

    Students play the Japanese favorite Fruit Basket game using the verb 'to be'.

  • Introducing Characters

    Students mingle and exchange character cards whilst introducing the characters to their friends. The aim is to try to find out the relationship of as many characters as possible within 8 minutes.

  • Greetings Board Game

    Somewhere in the 1st year textbook, students have to learn how to give reactions and learn appropriate responses. This is a fun game for students to practice responses as they try to win the game.

  • 10 Questions

    By asking yes/no questions, students must guess the target word or Japanese celebrity.

  • Imagination Quiz

    Students make pairs and take turns asking each other questions to find out what the other student is thinking about.

  • Animal Coloring

    Children color animals according to the ALT's instructions.

  • Guess Me

    Students ask five questions and guess the secret identity of their group members.

  • Call a Celebrity

    Students choose a celebrity then try to guess who their partner chose by asking them their phone numbers.

  • A bunch of Questions for Quizzes

    Questions lists focused on various grammar points

  • I Am Mr Tornado

    A fast-paced game that gets students writing and saying sentences using the "be"-verb. They build houses, and pulling the Tornado card blows down (erases) all their houses!

  • Immigration

    Students pretend they are going through immigration in the U.S.

  • TV Is Interesting

    This is a writing activity that introduces simple adjective statements while reviewing "What is ~?"

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