Action Verb Worksheets: Free Printables With Answers

When teaching action verbs, it's important to supplement classroom lessons and activities with worksheets that allow students to practice what they have learned and reinforce their skills. Use these action verb worksheets with elementary school children who are learning how to master proper usage of this part of speech.

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Early Elementary Action Verb Worksheet

Use the printable action verb worksheets below to supplement your verb lesson plans for early elementary students. Start by covering what action verbs are and how they are used. Then, share examples of action verbs with students before assigning the worksheet for practice. The worksheet items require students to identify action verbs in sentences and to complete sentences by selecting appropriate action verbs from a list. Click the image below to download the worksheet.

action verbs identification and use worksheet

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Early Elementary Practice Questions

Ask students to identify the action verb in each of the following sentences. (These items are included on the printable worksheet above, where you'll also find additional items.)

  1. Suzy is bouncing the ball.
  2. Tracy cried when she received the award.
  3. Leanne laughed at the video.
  4. Lisa drove to the office.
  5. Steve napped for a while.
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Answers to Early Elementary Practice Questions

The correct answers are listed below.

  1. Suzy is bouncing the ball.
  2. Tracy cried when she received the award.
  3. Leanne laughed at the video.
  4. Lisa drove to the office.
  5. Steve napped for a while.

Upper Elementary Action Verb Worksheet

This more advanced worksheet is intended for 4th and 5th graders who have mastered the basics of action verbs and are moving on to more advanced usage. It includes an exercise that requires rewriting sentences written in passive voice so they use active voice. It also features an exercise that involves determining if certain verbs are action verbs or linking verbs. Click the image below to download the worksheet.

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Upper Elementary Practice Questions

Use these items with students who are familiar with both action verbs and linking verbs. The verb is bold in each of the sentences below. Students should decide if each verb is an action verb or a linking verb. These items are included on the printable above, along with additional items.

  1. My brother frowned at me. (action or linking?)
  2. My dog jumped on me. (action or linking?)
  3. It seems cold in here. (action or linking?)
  4. I’m going on vacation next week. (action or linking?)
  5. The race appears to be over. (action or linking?)

Answers to Early Elementary Practice Questions

The correct answers are listed below.

  1. action
  2. action
  3. linking
  4. action
  5. linking

More Resources for Teaching Action Verbs

In addition to worksheets, consider incorporating a number of other activities into your action verb lessons. Choose a few action verb games and activities to make learning English fun for young students. You may also want to cover action vs. non-action words, especially when you're focusing on how to distinguish between action verbs and other types of words.