Verb lesson plans are the figurative backbone of a grammar teacher’s class. Without verb lesson plans, students will be lost on possibly one of the most important grammatical lessons of all. Verb tenses pervade just about everything we say and do. Below is a sample verb lesson plan which can serve as a creative guidepost for your teaching needs.
Start with the following explanation: "You use sentences with many verbs daily. Let’s see if you can identify the verbs in the following sentence."
Provide a definition on the board. For example:
Verb Defined: A verb is a word that defines action – an actionword. It will tell what the subject of a sentence is doing or what will happen.
Give students an example, such as “James throws the ball and laughs with his friends after he falls trying to catch it.” Have them identify the verb.
Objectives: Students will:
Suggested Grade Levels:
3rd Grade – 5th Grade
Create a “Snap, Crackle, Pop” verbs worksheet by writing popular verbs on the left side of the page:
To continue to reinforce verb recognition and identification, try having students prepare sentences of their own and identify the verb(s) in each.
Explain to your students that:
Provide the following examples:
Have students form their own past and present tense sentences. Teachers can also have students share their sentences with the class and identify which verbs are past tense and which verbs are present tense.
Have students write a two paragraph story using common verbs, as well as past and present tense verbs. These paragraphs should infuse noun usage from previous grammar lessons with verb usage from the current lesson. Have students take turns reading one of their paragraphs to the class and identify the verbs within each paragraph.
Above was a prime example of how a verb lesson plan should be structured and organized. While it may seem tedious, it is important to set up a lesson plan like this when there is a topic that may be challenging to students. The notion of verb tenses can get tricky for some students. This is why the lesson plan encourage teacher-student interaction.
Regarding vivacious verbs, feel free to come up with something engaging that the students will enjoy. Having a simple worksheet set up that you can draft up on your own, will make learning verbs that much easier for the students involved.
Encourage students to write a brief narrative where they are to indentify common verbs, as well as verbs in the past and present tense will prove exceedingly helpful when the teacher tries to discern what learning level each student is at. The two paragraph infusion activity will show teachers if students have successfully learned how to use verbs and nouns in a sentence.