November 22, 2018
By Lily Jones

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Adventures with Action Verbs

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Students will be able to use action verbs when writing.

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students what a verb is.
  • Tell students that VerbsAre words that describe ActionsOr states of being.
  • Explain that verbs like CookAre action verbs because they describe actions someone is taking. Verbs like IsDescribe states of being.
(10 minutes)
  • Show students the stack of index cards. Explain that on each of the cards is an action verb.
  • When you flip over a card, you will act out the action verb.
  • Model how to do this a couple of times.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask for volunteers to act out the words on the cards.
  • Call a student to the front of the class and pick a card for them to act out.
  • If you run out of cards, have students share examples of action verbs that other students can act out.
(15 minutes)
  • Tell students that using action verbs helps to bring writing to life. Explain they will be using action verbs to write an exciting movie scene.
  • Hand out the Lights, Camera, Action (Verbs)! worksheets to each student. Have them work independently to complete their writing.

Support:Brainstorm a list of action words that students can use in their movie scenes. Keep the list posted on the board or on a piece of paper next to the students who need it.

Enrichment:If students finish early, they can complete the Action Words #2 worksheet.

(5 minutes)
  • Assess how students are using action words in their writing.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask for volunteers to share their writing.
  • After each person shares, ask students to identify action verbs that they heard.

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