Lesson Plan of Action Verbs


Lesson Plan of Action Verbs

Students` Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize doing words as verbs. Use action verbs in speech and writing.

Information for Teachers

  • Action verbs are words that convey the performance an individual carries out. For example: plan, coordinate, manage, etc. Like all verbs, these express actions carried out by certain subjects.
  • Action verbs refer to all those verbs that express in their meaning actions that a subject performs or suffers. This subject can be a person, animal, object or any entity that performs the action of the verb.


  • An action refers to something that is carried out or done. The word comes from the Latin action, which means “to do” or “to set in motion.” Thus, action verbs are related to verbs that express movement or something that is done.
  • Walking:expresses the action of walking or moving a certain distance taking steps.
  • Singing:expresses the action of vocalizing sounds with a certain rhythm and tonality.
  • Smiling:expresses the action of gesturing with the mouth and face a smile.
  • Save:expresses the action of putting some object or thing to safety.
  • Grazing:referring to animals, this verb expresses the action of eating grass or boils
  • Writing:expresses the action of drawing linguistic signs.
  • Reading:it expresses the action of looking at certain linguistic signs or characters and interpreting what they represent.
  • Practice:expresses the action of exercising something repeatedly.
  • Drink: expresses the action of ingesting a drink or liquid.
  • Eating:expresses the action of ingesting a food in a solid state.

Material / Resources

Writing board, chalk / marker, duster, charts, textbook, paper chits with actions words written (write the action words on the chits before going to the classroom)


  • Begin the lesson by Jumping. Ask the whole class:
  • What am I doing? (The students may answer ‘Jumping’)
  • Appreciate students to give answer in a complete sentence; “you are jumping”.
  • Ask the students: “Is jumping a naming word / noun or action word / verb?”
  • If students give the correct answer (action word / verb), appreciate them by saying “Well done!” or “Good effort!”
  • If students give incorrect answer (naming word / noun), tell them that “Clapping” is an action word / verb.
  • Revise the concept of action verbs. The students have already done action verbs in class four (See information for teachers above, for verbs / action words).


  • Tell the class that they will play a game now. Divide the class into two teams; ‘Team A’ and ‘Team B’. Call the students turn by turn’s from both teams. Encourage different students to come forward from each team on each turn.
  • Ask the students to pick a chit and perform the action written on the chit, without making any sound.
  • Guess the action.
  • Write sample action words on the chit that the students understand and can read easily, such as; walk, jump, laugh, smile, and sit.
  • Write the actions on the board as students guess them.
  • Play the game for 5—10 minutes.
  • The team which guesses the most actions right wins. Ask the whole class to clap for the winning team.


Activity 1

  • Divide the class into pairs.
  • Give each pair one action word. Choose the verb from the action verbs from the introduction activity.
  • Tell the pairs, that one student has to make a question using the action verb. The other student will answer the question.
  • Demonstrate with an example (verb: Laughing, Student says: “Why are you laughing?” Student 2 says: “I am laughing because I am happy”).
  • Give clear instruction. Tell the pairs that they have 5 minutes to prepare. Repeat instructions if you feel necessary.
  • Monitor the pairs to check each member is contributing. Help students to form questions and answer where necessary.
  • After 5 minutes, ask each pair to say their dialogue aloud. If time doesn`t allow each pair to speak, tell the rest of pairs that they will have their turn in the next class.

Activity 2

  • Ask students to take out their notebooks.
  • Write five sentences on the board.
  • Ask the students to underline action verb in each sentence.


  • Ask the students to change the action verbs with any noun and see how that changes the meaning of the sentence. Now tell students that a sentence can`t be completed without a verb.

Activity 3

Divide the class into pairs and assign different role to demonstrate the action verbs

Sum up / Conclusion

  • Review the lesson by asking the students questions:
  • What are action verbs?
  • Ask students to give a few examples of action verbs.


  • Assess students` understanding of action verbs through their correct responses during introduction and sum up.
  • Assess students` understanding of action verbs through the dialogues produced in activity 1.
  • Assess students` ability to identify action verbs through the written answers chosen in the activity 2.
  • Take an oral or written quiz after a few days to further assess students` understanding of verbs.
  • Involve the students in solving problems given in exercise at the end of unit/ chapter.

Follow up

  • Write ten action verbs on the writing board. Instruct the students to use these action verbs in their own sentences.

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