teaching resource

Action, Saying, Thinking and Relating Verb Poster

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 1 page | Years: 1 - 7

A poster giving the definition and examples of action, saying, thinking and relating verbs.

Information includes:

Action Verbs

An action verb expresses something that a person, animal, object or force of nature can do or be, as in, “The water gurgled all the way down the sink.”

Saying Verbs

Saying verbs indicate speaking. They can provide more information as to how things are being said, as in, “I’m really sorry,” sobbed Tony.

Thinking Verbs

Thinking verbs tell the reader what the characters are thinking about the events or what they were thinking at the time, as in, “I wonder what’s for lunch?” he thought.

Relating Verbs

Relating verbs tell us how the characters relate to other parts of the story, as in, “Amazing Man was here saving people.” They also describe a state, as in, “Europe is a large collection of countries.”


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  • Wendy Ross

    Could you make a second poster covering feeling and possessing verbs and perhaps verb groups?

    • Jill (Teach Starter)

      Hi Wendy, Thank you for your suggestion. Can you please request the additional posters here and we will start working on them when they receive enough votes to be in the top ten https://www.teachstarter.com/request-a-resource/ Kind regards Jill

  • Robyne Noble

    I have app on my iPad but am unable to work out how to print. I go the Adobe download but can't find print option. ??

    • Jill (Teach Starter)

      Hi Robyne, Thank you for your comment. To print from your iPad, please read the steps provided by Apple here: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201387 If you have any further questions, please let me know. Kind regards Jill