Lesson plan

Adventures with Action Verbs

Lights, camera, action (verbs)! After examining different action verbs, students put them to use when writing their own movie scenes.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to use action verbs when writing.

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students what a verb is.
  • Tell students that verbs are words that describe actions or states of being.
  • Explain that verbs like cook are action verbs because they describe actions someone is taking. Verbs like is describe 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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