One of the most basic tenants of the English language is the verb "to be." This interactive Turtle Diary lesson, give students basic information that is short and easy to memorize. Understanding when to use "is", "are" and "am" is fundamental to the English language. The examples are simple to memorize which can help children recall the lesson as they develop more advanced language arts skills. Mastering language arts skills can help students become better readers, writers and speakers. Students who are good readers, writers and speakers are known to perform better in their overall education.