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Action Verb Charades

In this hands-on reading lesson, students learn about active verbs by acting them out in a fun game of charades. Your kids will love guessing their peers' actions and discovering new verbs.
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Jump, hide, draw, and act in this grammar activity featuring action verbs! The lesson plan Action Verb Charades introduces first graders to a variety of verbs that help describe what someone or something is doing. First, your students will play a fun game of charades that asks them to perform different action verbs. Then, they will take a look at a pool of action verbs that they can use in different sentences or illustrated scenes.

Students will be able to identify and properly use active verbs.

(5 minutes)
  • Have students gather in a circle.
  • Tell them they will learn about active verbs. Active verbs are words that show action. When used in a sentence, they describe what someone or something does.
  • Discuss this concept with the students to add to their understanding.
  • Tell them that today's lesson will involve a game of charades. They'll need to act out words without talking.
(5 minutes)
  • Choose an index card. Tell the students you are going to act out the word, and they have to guess what the word is.
  • Demonstrate the verb, and wait for a correct guess.
  • Repeat the activity again using another word card.
  • Choose one of the words you acted out and use it in a sentence.
  • Act it out again. Write the sentence on the board. Underline the active verb.
(20 minutes)
  • Find an area in the classroom that everyone can see. This is where the students will come to act out their word.
  • Each time a student comes up, the other students will remain in their seats.
  • The students will come up one at a time when their name is called and select an active verb card.
  • Have each student act out his word. Remind students that they cannot talk; they're only allowed to make motions to help their classmates guess their word.
  • Use the equity sticks so all students have a turn.
  • If a student isn't familiar with the word he selects, whisper its meaning to him.
(15 minutes)
  • After everyone has had a turn, tell the students to take out sheets of paper.
  • Pass out the rest of cards to the students (at least two cards each).
  • Instruct them to read the verbs on the cards, then write down a sentence using each word.
  • Have them illustrate their sentences once they're done.
  • Enrichment: Advanced students can also use their active verbs to write a short story.
  • Support: Struggling students can work in pairs or small groups during Independent Working Time.
(10 minutes)
  • Collect students' work after the exercise. Review it later to assess their understanding of the lesson content.
(5 minutes)
  • Allow volunteers to repeat the definition of an active verb.

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