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Action ABC's: Learning Vocabulary With Verbs

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Action ABC's: Learning Vocabulary With Verbs

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time At least four 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Melissa Weimer

Waterford, Michigan


International Literacy Association


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Tiffany Brown

March 24, 2015

I'm currently working with a kindergarten student with a language disorder. I love this lesson plan! Thanks for sharing.


Lisa Head

March 24, 2013

I really like this lesson. I think that it would be a fun way for student to learn about verbs. I teach elementary special Ed. And this lesson is one that I feel my students would really enjoy.



March 24, 2013

I really like this lesson and I think children would love it too . It is a fun and interactive way for all students to learn about verbs and team work ( if you plan on using the ABC verb booklet they explained in the lesson). I think that children will enjoy this lesson as they can work together as a team and move around as it is about actions. Very creative and a genuine teaching opportunity.


sylvia ellis

March 21, 2013

I've never tried this lesson plan before but did find it interesting and fun for my students to complete. I did change the verbs to fit the need of my students. Words used were extropolate, spearheaded, procrastinate, illuminated, leap, and scurried. Students then utilized their moddle pages to construct their books of verbs.
I do feel my students learned more about verbs and is now less confused about verb usage. I encouraged my students to practce using standard english as much as possible. However, most of my students did a good job on using verbs correcly in a sentence as well as understand the meaning of each vocabulary word.


Brandie Klinkhardt

March 21, 2013

I think this would be a great way to learn verbs. Like it mentioned in the lesson plan, I would have my class make a book as a whole class. I would assign a page to a group of 2-3 students and that would be a great learning tool for them.


Sherri Shirrell

March 19, 2013

I really liked this lesson plan. It is well written and very easy to follow. It is an interactive lesson with hands on activities for teaching action verbs. In the end, they have a book that can be used as a reference when writing, and they have a creative product to share with others.


Crystal Smith

March 19, 2013

I will use this next year. I teach first grade and they are really getting the hang of sentence writing when we start talking about verbs. This sounds like a great idea! And it uses some lessons mixed in that I already do in class. I love creating books in my class and this is a perfect assignment. Especially with it allowing technology to be used as well. I love how it has the set up for you. I know my kids would enjoy doing something like this.


Jo B Moses

March 18, 2013

I really like this lesson plan, I teach special education k-3 self-contained classroom. The students I have learn better to act out things while learning. I thought this lesson plan was very helpful and informative. I will use this in my class room so they will understand verbs and comprehend better.


Katie Powell

March 14, 2013

Great lesson. I like the the emphasis on action for action words. Acting out the verbs is a good way to truly teach the students the meaning of the words. Expanding the lesson into a book of verbs is a creative way to get the students thinking about verbs.


Jennifer Sokolova

October 28, 2012

I love this lesson plan. I will definately use this teaching the action parts of sentences. It is very hard for my students to understand the word "verb" so we go with "action part of a sentence" but making a book and having them act it out was a great way to show them what exactly a "verb" is. LOVE IT!


Julie Kennedy

October 28, 2012

I really appreciate this lesson plan. I like anything that helps me give my students something accessible to learn from. Anything hands on, as this lesson plan is, helps my students learn abstract ideas. I appreciate the game in using verbs for an introduction then giving a larger framework to go by. Thank you!



October 25, 2012

This lesson is very well designed and is easy to follow. Thus, I believe it would be easy to implement. I really like the suggestion of the kids working together on the final product. A suggestion could be for students to individually complete the worksheet. Students then could meet in small groups 3-4 students each, compile their individual lists and create another list of verbs from the consensus. This may allow students to also realize verbs which are commonly used.


Amy Schoemehl

October 24, 2012

As I read the lesson, I did feel that it would be for an entire week to be revisited and built upon which would be good for the students at any age. This would be a fun lesson to act out and really "use " the words. Thank you for sharing , neat lesson


Weldon Brown

October 22, 2012

I found this article informative on how to get the concept of verbs across to your students. I like the idea of giving the class of words out of their text and have them act out the words. This will boost the comprehendtion of reading for all of the students. By acting out the verbs, the teacher can make sure all students are understanding the meanings of the verbs.


Tammy Gardner

October 22, 2012

I liked this lesson plan. I teach middle school special ed. and would tweak it a little. Using larger words and larger sentences would work great. I may also use the idea of making verbs with each letter by having the students take each letter and find a verb then write a sentence using it just on paper instead of making a book. It should make a good class starter or be used as a fill in assignment. This could be done with other parts of speech also.


Elizabeth Carlson

May 31, 2012

How funny! I was searching for verbs on-line and happened to stumble upon you!!! LOVE it!! You rock as a teacher and sister :)


Elizabeth Carlson

May 31, 2012

How funny! I was searching for verbs on-line and happened to stumble upon you!!! LOVE it!! You rock as a teacher and sister :)


nurani ike

November 06, 2011

When i read this and tried to understand what in it is, i definitely glad because i have found the material and source to overcome the problem faced by my students related to mastering the vocab and building the sentences. after downloading and making a preparation form my class, i will apply it in my class. Thank you very much.



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