Present, past, future indicative or subjunctive mood, preterites perfect and imperfect …
The tenses are complex and to facilitate the students to learn properly we suggest this collection designed resources for students in primary , but may also be of interest to the first levels of ESO.
20 Resources to Learn Tenses in Spanish
Below we show you different resources to study and learn Spanish verb tenses:
#1. Composite and no boyfriend
Available through the Educarex website, this proposal brings together different activities on verb tenses.
The first and second consist of completing some verbal series following the examples that appear on the screen, while the third is a crossword that students must complete taking into account the subject of the sentence so that the agreement is correct. There is also an exercise that consists of forming the participle of the verbs shown and another to find the verb forms of a text.
Another activity will be to link the verb form indicated with the time that corresponds to it, you must also complete a pyramid with the corresponding verb forms, answer a questionnaire … Through the Educarex portal, you can also access the exercise Travel in time dedicated to the definition of the verb, present, past and future.
#2. Verb conjugations
A proposal from the Colegio Bretón de los Herreros (Logroño) (made by Francisco J. Rodríguez San José for 6th grade of Primary) that consists of relating certain forms with their appropriate verb tenses: indicative mood, gerund, non-personal forms – each one of they in turn are broken down into different options – in addition to the imperative mood.
In this article, Marta García Fernández from Now ELE, reveals a grammar game for students to practice the different verb tenses, which can be adapted to any stage or educational level.
The materials needed are: colored sticks, a pen, and a pencil holder. Once collected, you have to choose a color for each tense; select a list of verbs and write them in each of the suits; and then mix them and put them in the pencil holder.
From here, and depending on the color of the stick that the students randomly draw, they will have one minute to make a sentence with that verb form. The student with the most clubs will win.
#4. Board games with verbs for fun in class
Its authors are Ana Gómez and Daniel Hernández, and their purpose is to “work on verb tenses from a more entertaining, visual and playful perspective” as they themselves explain in this article.
To do this, they propose games with dice, boards, with candies … giving some tips that will always be useful. They even suggest an adaptation of the classic “Sink the fleet.”
You can complete these resources with two more proposals by the same authors: Material to memorize verbs and pronouns in a playful way and the Verbolocura card game.
#5. The study of the verb
This is a material available for download in PDF, through La Eduteca, recommended for students in 2nd grade of Primary.
They will work on verb tenses as a grammatical concept, they will learn the correct use of the verb tense and the person, they will discover that there are three types of conjugations… It was developed by M. Muñoz from CEIP JCP Lebrija.
#6. Pass word
This link includes a special version of this well-known television program. For each of the letters of the ‘rosco’ a question is formulated: for example, with the C, the second person singular of the present subjunctive of the verb cantar; with G, the second person plural of the future simple indicative of the verb gain.
#7. The present, the past and the future
Its contents are divided into four blocks. The first one explains what each of these verb forms are used for, while the second one shows a series of sentences in which the verb tense used must be indicated.
The third is a maze (you have to use the arrows on the computer keyboard to match each verb with its corresponding verb tense). In the last section you have to read several sentences and change the verb tense that is indicated.
#8. Correct verb tenses
The protagonists of this game are two children (Pablo and Ramón) whom the students have to help complete the verb tenses of several sentences so that they can both go on a balloon excursion. They will work with regular, irregular and defective verbs.
#9. Collection 300 chips
The author of this material, available on the Orientación Andújar website , is Antonio Ciudad-Real Núñez, who proposes to teachers a collection of 300 worksheets to use in the classroom and at home.
Students have to indicate which is the infinitive, gerund and participle of certain verb tenses or conjugate all the persons of a verb (I, you, he, we, you and them) using the indicative and subjunctive modes.
They will practice the past past, the future imperfect, the future perfect, the present or the past perfect, among others.
#10. Game to conjugate
Available on the blog ‘ Nut of Pine ‘, it is a compilation of several cards, each of which has a verb and a personal form. The students, who can work individually or in groups, have to answer the questions asked by the teachers.
They can ask them to conjugate the verb with the person indicated on the card in multiple ways: formulating simple, compound, subjunctive, past tenses.
#11. Verb forms
This web platform proposes the resolution, by the student, of a crossword by filling in the blank with the verb in the appropriate time and number.
If one of the exercises is unknown, the program offers two options with hints (either a letter and a complete word) and the possibility of moving on to the next one and returning to it later.
Conjugator of online verb tenses in which, through a search engine, you can access the complete conjugation of each term, as well as information regarding its characteristics and irregularities.
In the same way, it also has a section in which its morphological analysis is carried out and even a category in which to conjugate “invented” verbs in a few seconds.
#13. Regular conjugation
Starting from a low level, this game leads the student to fill in the empty gaps of different sentences with the correct conjugations of the verbs that are proposed automatically (both in simple and compound forms). The results obtained are collected in a file so that the teacher can study them.
Without the need to be connected to the Internet, it has a powerful search engine with which to access the more than 7,000 verbs in Spanish. Each of them is made up of its conjugation table and information about its conjugation.
In addition, it includes a voice-over option that allows the user to listen to the different verb forms by simply touching the screen. To put the acquired knowledge into practice, you have several models of exercises from which statistics are obtained at the end. Only suitable for iOS.
The Dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy is a resource that helps us not only to check the meaning of the words in our language; it also includes a conjugator of all the verbs that exist. As simple as ‘searching’ for the verb and clicking on the blue “conjugate” button; for example here you can enter the conjugation of the verb conjugate.
Accessible through the website El abuelo educa, explains the theory related to verbs, person, time, number, aspect, mode and voice and then propose different exercises. There are seven games in which there is the option of choosing the correct verb form. At all times it shows the attempts, successes and errors, and also allows you to download a PDF document to print the exercise.
#18. Happy Learning Español
The YouTube channel, Happy Learning Español, stars the character of a virtual girl who explains the actions of the verb, its forms or the person using a blackboard and images of real figures. This educational video works with complementary content through entertainment, fun and illustration.
This board game has 11 pages with grammatical aspects (regular and irregular verbs, expressions and tenses) and includes 10 boards to practice the theoretical part.
To use this resource it is necessary to print and laminate each grammar board and play, in a group, with dice and pawns. It is similar to Parcheesi and ideal to work with in class or at home (be careful, it can also be a family game).
Noemí, the main teacher in this YouTube video tutorial , gives a brief description of what verbs and tenses are. In addition to theoretical lessons, it includes different examples to understand what it is explaining. It focuses on the three main tenses: past, present, and future. Complement the information with a link to Drive with different activities that this teacher proposes in the description of the publication.