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Elementary School Lesson Plan: Fun With Verbs

written by: Kathy Foust • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 9/13/2012

Students often have difficulty remembering the parts of speech. This lesson plan for your first or second grade students makes remembering and identifying verbs fun and easy!

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    Teach Students About Verbs

    This verb lesson plan offers an introduction to verbs as well as a method for memorizing the difference between verbs and other parts of speech. Begin by introducing verbs to your class. Explain that verbs are action words. When they see a word that means an action, such as the word "run," that is a verb. Write a couple of sentences on the board. Read them and stress the verbs as you read them. After you have done this a few times, move on to the next part of the lesson.

    Write five sentences on the board. Instruct the students to stand up every time you say an action word/verb. In this way, students can begin to equate actions with verbs because they are actually being active as you say the word. It may even help if you actually give them a variety of tasks to do as you say the verb. Make the verb match their tasks. For example, one sentence may read "Billy clapped his hands." Students should clap their hands as you read this sentence. Then, the next scenario could be "Sue snaps her fingers." Students should snap their fingers as you read the word "snap."

    Next, have students help you to make a poster that reads as follows.

    Volcanoes

    Erupt

    Red

    Burps

    Have students draw and color a volcano on the poster so that they have a visual aid. Seeing the action of the volcano along with the word "verb" written from top to bottom may assist students in remembering that verbs are action words. You may also further explain that volcanoes that erupt are called "active" volcanoes. Explain the similarities between "active" and "action." Feel free to come up with any other visual and phonetic aids to assist your students. Have fun with this project and your students will be more likely to remember the lesson!

    Ask students to help you come up with sayings that help them memorize parts of speech. They should use the letters that make up the word for the part of speech as the letters in the phrase. This is a fun way to help the students to remember their parts of speech. Not only will they better be able to equate the parts of speech with the saying because they personally developed it, but they will also feel as if they have assumed some responsibility and played a more active role in their education.