This English unit has been designed to introduce the key components of simple and compound sentences to younger students; specifically, capital letters and punctuation; verbs, nouns, adjectives and conjunctions.
A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify that a verb describes an action in clauses or sentences.
This lesson contains a link to an external video. Please watch the video prior to presenting this lesson to ensure that the content is appropriate for your students.
Watch and listen to the Verb Rap Song on YouTube. After watching the video, ask the students:
Can you think of an example of a verb?
What kind of word is a verb?
How can we check whether a word is a verb?
Explain to the students that a verb is a word that describes an action in a sentence. Reiterate that:
every sentence must contain a verb
verbs tell us what is happening in a sentence.
Display and discuss the Commonly Used Verbs Flashcards. Encourage the students to perform an action to reflect each verb. Ask more confident students to use the verb in a sentence.
Ask the students to work with a partner to write a verb of their own on a sticky note. Encourage the students to bring their sticky note to the front of the classroom and to stick it onto the board. Replicate the previous activity, encouraging the students to perform an action to reflect each verb.
Provide each student with a copy of the Very Important Verbs Worksheetand read and discuss the instructions. Ensure that the students have secure knowledge and understanding of how to complete the task.
Ask the students to complete the worksheet independently. Monitor and support the students as they complete the task.
As a class, play a game of ‘Simon Says’ to reinforce the knowledge and understanding of verbs as actions.
Encourage fast finishers to write additional sentences in their workbooks and to underline the verb.
Support less confident students by encouraging them to work on the worksheet with a partner.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities