“-ed” endings

I needed an activity I’ve always loved to work on the pronunciation of “-ed” endings in regular past verbs but, (1) I couldn’t find it and, (2) I never really knew the source of the activity! So, I decided to write my own version.

The students are given a set of paper strips that belong to three stories:
Ted’s, whose regular past forms are all pronounced /d/, after voiced sounds (make sure you ask the students to touch their throats to check if there’s any air turbulence going on in their vocal folds as they pronounce the last sound of the verb; if you, like me, work with 30 students in a classroom, I can guarantee it will provide some memorable moments, too!)
Robert’s, whose story only has regular verbs ending in /t/ (after voiceless sounds, so no air turbulence whatsoever this time, sorry!).
– And finally David’s story, with verbs ending in /ɪd/ (after /d/ or /t/).

First, the students place the three names and sort out the strips of paper by looking at the regular verbs in each of them, deciding on their pronunciation, and placing the strips under the correct name. Then, they put the strips in the right order to make a story. If they classify any of them incorrectly, they will have problems as they order the cut-out texts and will need to go back and rethink their previous choices (probably using the context, too, once they start arranging the sentences.)

I’ve also created a digital version with Flippity Manipulatives. Simply click on any of the pictures below and copy the address if you want to email it or use it in your LMS!

5 thoughts on ““-ed” endings”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: