Present Simple Tense With A Story About Sonic To The Space Lesson Plan for 2nd Grade Students

Topic: Sonic Basics Including The Present Simple Tense

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand and use present simple tense when speaking and/or writing about the character of Sonic.


  • Picture of Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Examples of sentences using present simple tense (e.g. "Sonic runs fast." "Sonic likes to have fun.")
  • Writing paper and pencils/pens


  • Review past tense by asking students to share something they did yesterday. Use sentences like "I ____________________," and have them fill in the blank with a past-tense verb. (e.g. "I played with my friends" or "I washed the dishes")
  • Ask students if they can think of any famous or important people they know and have them share their thoughts.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the character of Sonic and his various adventures, including his adventures in space.
  • Using the story as a guide, explain the present simple tense and give examples using the verb "to be" (e.g. "Sonic is a hedgehog.").
  • Have students read the story and find present-simple-tense verbs, then have them underline or highlight the verbs.
  • Model how to retell the story using present simple tense.

Guided Practice

  • Have students work in pairs or small groups. Give each group a copy of the story and have them retell it using present simple tense.
  • As they tell the story, have a few students volunteer to act out the parts and demonstrate the present-tense verbs.
  • Afterward, have students share their retellings with the class.

Independent Practice

  • Have students work on a project-based activity where they create a poster or presentation about Sonic to the space.
  • They should use present simple tense to write and/or speak about Sonic's characteristics and actions.


  • Ask students to share their posters or presentations with the class.
  • Have them use present simple tense to speak about their projects.


  • Observe students during independent practice and give feedback on their use of present simple tense.
  • Have students complete a worksheet or quiz where they must use present simple tense in a sentence.

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