Being Verbs

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10366

"To be or not to be, that is the question." Actually, the question for this lesson is, "What is a being verb?" Using an interactive presentation and activities, learn what these common verbs mean!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • is
  • are
  • was
  • am

What do these words have in common?

Verbs are words used to express action or being. In this lesson you will identify the being verbs and when to use them.

"Be" is the most common being verb. This table illustrates the different forms of "be":

is has been will be
are have been shall be
was had been  


Find the being verb in the sentences below:

  1. Mrs. Smith was my piano teacher for three years.
  2. My little brother was one year old on December 12.
  3. Is that my piece of strawberry shortcake?

In sentences 1 and 2, "was" is the being verb. In sentence 3, the being verb is"is."

This State of Being Verbs slideshow (below) explains being verbs in more detail:

Now that you know what a being verb is, continue on to the Got It? section!

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