Action and Being Verbs

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Introduce the function of verbs within the sentence with our Action and Being Verbs.  This interactive lesson explores basic action and being verbs with lots of collaborative learning opportunities where students share their responses with the group.  Challenge students to write sentence without being verbs to further develop their written expression.

Action and Being Verbs Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages
  • Review In Class Assignment
  • Action Verbs Homework Page
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce the function of verbs within the sentence with our Action and Being Verbs.  This interactive lesson explores basic action and being verbs with lots of collaborative learning opportunities where students share their responses with the group.  Challenge students to write sentence without being verbs to further develop their written expression.

Classroom Procedure Sample:

  1. Before beginning the lesson, the teacher should prepare the first set of index cards by writing either simple action verbs or simple being verbs on each card. Ideally, there should be a different word on each card, and there should be one card for each student in the class.
  2. Also, ahead of time, the teacher should count out and set aside one blank index card for each student.
  3. When the lesson begins, give two index cards to each student—one with writing and one without. Let students know that they will use both cards during the lesson.
  4. Inform the students of the objective: that today, they will learn what verbs are, how they work within a sentence, and how to differentiate between the two main types of verbs.
  5. Go through the first few short paragraphs in the text. Be sure to pause after the questions to allow students to answer. Place special emphasis on bolded words. Make sure that students understand what a verb is, its function within the sentence, and that every sentence contains a verb.
  6. Go through the final portion of the text. Again, place special emphasis on bolded words, reinforcing them by writing them on the chalkboard/whiteboard/overhead. Make sure that students understand the difference between action verbs and being verbs. Again, pause after asking questions so that students can respond.
  7. Write 5 or 6 short sentences on the board or overhead and have students practice identifying the verbs in each sentence.
  8. Now, ask students to look at their index cards with the writing on them. Call on each student one by one, and ask him or her to read his verb to the class and then identify whether it is an action verb or a being verb.
  9. Next, ask each student to write his or her own verb on the blank index card. In order to get a good sample of each type of verb (and remember, there are only 8 being verbs), you might want to tell students that if their birth month is January through August, they should write an action verb, and if their birth month is September through December, they should write a being verb. (Actually, you can do this any way you like. This is just a suggestion.)

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Class Sessions (45-60 minutes): One session

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Language Arts