Lesson: Verbs Introduction

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Lesson Objective

Students will define and identify verbs. Students will guess verbs from a game of charades.

Lesson Plan

PREP

Cut up verbs charades cards. Put them in a a bag or basket that students can pick from later on.
Have the Verbs Song/Chant printed as copies for each kid or just have it on the overhead. 

LAUNCH

  • This week we have been learning about the parts of a sentence. So far we have learned about Nouns (a person, place, or thing), Pronouns (that take the place of a noun, like he, she, it, they), Adjectives (describe a noun). Today we are going to learn about verbs.
  • Verbs are actions. They tell what we do. (gesture: arms running)
  • Teach and Sing/Chant:
  • A Verbs Song
    (to the tune of "B-I-N-G-O")
  • Some words tell things that you can do
    and verbs are what we call them
    v-e-r-b-s
    v-e-r-b-s
    v-e-r-b-s
    and verbs are what we call them.
  • Here are some action words for you
    to act out as you sing them
    s-t-a-n-d
    s-t-a-n-d
    s-t-a-n-d
    and verbs are what we call them.
  • Here are some action words for you
    to act out as you sing them
    m-a-r-c-h
    m-a-r-c-h
    m-a-r-c-h
    and verbs are what we call them.
  • Here are some action words for you
    to act out as you sing them
    (clap)-j-u-m-p
    (clap)-j-u-m-p
    (clap)-j-u-m-p
    and verbs are what we call them.
  • Here are some action words for you
    to act out as you sing them
    (clap)-(clap)-h-o-p
    (clap)-(clap)-h-o-p
    (clap)-(clap)-h-o-p
    and verbs are what we call them.
  • Here are some action words for you
    to act out as you sing them
    (clap)-(clap)-s-i-t
    (clap)-(clap)-s-i-t
    (clap)-(clap)-s-i-t
    and verbs are what we call them.
  • You can also show the YouTube Video:  Schoolhouse Rock: Verbs

 

EXPLORE

  • Ask: Does every sentence need a verb?
  • If students don’t know tell them: YES! Every sentence needs a verb.
  • Verbs have two important functions:
  •   Verbs tell what the noun is doing.
  •   Verbs tell what a noun is. (State of Being)
  • Here are some sentences that are missing verbs. Do they make sense? Can you correct them? (Have students read the sentences, say if they make sense, and then rewrite with a correct verb)
  •   The dog at the car as it drove by.
  •   The student for the test for 2 days.
  •   The homework hard.
  •   Sally the book for 30 minutes
  •   The teacher the class to recess.
  • Tell the students that they are going to work on identifying the nouns and verbs in sentences. (Underline the NOUN. Circle the VERB.)
  •   The cat ran up the tree.
  •   The dog sat on the rug.
  •   Sam jumped on the bed.
  •   Put the book on the table.
  •   Can Billy come over to play on Saturday?

Charades Game
Tell the students that they will play a game of charades. It is a game where one person has to act out a verb and the rest of the class has to guess what they are doing.  
Have a student come up and pick a charades card and act it out for the class. If a student guesses right, then they get to act out the next charade. 

CLOSE

  • Tell: Today you learned that verbs are action words. They tell what a noun does or is.
  • Have students work together answer one of the questions on the verb quiz:http://www.kyrene.k12.az.us/schools/brisas/sunda/verb/1atest.htm
  • After students have answered their question, have them work on an independent practice page.

 

 REFLECTION/NOTES

This lesson provides a lot of different experiences in for students to be introduced to the concept of a verb. By using a song, a game, and movements, the lesson gives students multiple points of engagement to the lesson. Although this lesson might seem like a basic introduction, I find before I get into my grade level standard, it is important to make sure that students have the necessary vocabulary and basic understandings to connect with and engage in the lesson.

 

 


Lesson Resources

D3-VerbsCharades.doc  
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