Teaching simple action words for pre-K children is useful because they lay the groundwork for other important lessons in the future. By the second grade, kids will be working with different parts of speech.
Instilling the idea that "action words" are a class of words by themselves will make learning action verbs easier. Best of all, learning to read and write action words can be exciting for little learners because they may already be familiar with many of the words.
Below, you'll find a printable list of simple action words for kids. Many of the vocabulary words are actions that children of preschool age already read or hear about in their daily lives, such as:
You'll notice some of the words in the list are related to fields that can be worked into various learning activities and lesson plans. For example, students could create small science projects as they learn about the five senses and action words that go with them:
Of course, there's more than one way to teach any subject, and different classes need to work at different paces. However, there are a few general guidelines that'll help you prepare your lesson plan.
Don't introduce the subject as a lesson on verbs. The word "verb" is going to confuse a group of 4-year-olds. At the end of the session, you could tell the students that these words are called verbs, and end it at that. However, a full lesson on parts of speech isn't really suitable for this age group.
Ask students to come to the front of the room. Have them actually perform the act of coloring, reading, talking, and so on. Then, ask the rest of the class what they are doing. This method is a way of introducing the concept of action words.
Have each student engage in an activity and then tell you what they are doing. Remind them they're using action words by telling you what they're doing.
Use flashcards if your plan is to stimulate reading and recognition. Start with pictorial flashcards and then move on to words. Allow students to match the action with the concept before asking them to try and memorize the abstract notion of language.
Have students draw pictures of different actions. Ask them to tell the rest of the class which actions they drew.
Students can also engage in miniature science projects to learn about the senses. For example, they could have a "sight" station (frog vs. tadpole) and a "touch" station (starfish vs. shell). If you're experimenting with the sense of taste, just make sure none of the little ones are allergic!
As you move through the lesson, pair similar words together. For example, try discussing "walk," "jog," and "run" together, so students understand the similarities and differences among them.
Isn't it exciting? As a pre-K teacher, you have the power to instill the joy of grammar in every student you meet! When you're ready to explore sight words, refer to any of these pre-kindergarten lesson plans. You can also have some fun building a giant list of three-letter words for 4-year-olds.