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Adventures with Action Verbs
Students will be able to use action verbs when writing.
- 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.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(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.
Guided Practice(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.
Independent working time(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.
- Assess how students are using action words in their writing.
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- Ask for volunteers to share their writing.
- After each person shares, ask students to identify action verbs that they heard.