Lesson plan

Action Words are Amazing

Explore the world of words! In this lesson, play an amazing game to introduce action words to your students.
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Teach your children in kindergarten and first grade that action words are amazing with this fun verb-focused reading and writing lesson plan! Whether you're a teacher in front of a class or a parent at home, Both as a class and then in smaller groups, students your children will love playing charades in which they act out action words while others try to guess the correct verbs. This lesson is a great way to get young learners moving and learning while building proficiency with high frequency verbs and verb sight words.

Students will be able to recognize verbs and use them in sentences.

(10 minutes)
  • Begin the lesson by discussing actions. Potential discussion questions include: What is a physical movement of the body called? What do you do to clean your teeth? What do you do to dry your hair?
(5 minutes)
  • Have your students play charades and act out the action to other members of the class.
  • Invite the other students to guess the action.
  • Ask the students to make a sentence with that action word. For example: Raj is eating. Rahul is hopping like a frog.
  • Explain that the action words are verbs.
(5 minutes)
  • Separate your students into groups of 4-5.
  • Instruct them to play this game of action charades, and make sure each person acts at least once.
(10 minutes)
  • Have your students draw actions or write verbs onto index cards.
  • Instruct your students to exchange them with another group to act out.
  • Enrichment: Encourage your students to find different types of verbs and use several in a sentence.
  • Support: Help your students act out actions before using them in a sentence. Model the verb by completing actions with props.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask your students to make sentences about the index card actions or verbs.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask your students to list the verbs they learned during the lesson.
  • Have each student act out one verb he learned.

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