Introduction to Verbs


With our Introduction to Verbs lesson plan, students learn the basics about using and recognizing verbs. Students will learn the definition of a verb and how to form them and use them in sentences.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to have students write sentences for the activity worksheet. Another is to teach students one of the songs from the additional resources for this lesson.

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What our Introduction to Verbs lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Introduction to Verbs introduces young students to the definition of verbs and enables them to identify, form and use verb tenses correctly. Students develop their vocabulary and written expression by identifying verbs in sentences, inserting the correct verb into a given sentence, and more. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define verb, identify verbs, form and use verb tenses correctly. This lesson is for students in 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the green box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The only supplies you need for this lesson are the handouts. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can copy the handouts.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. For this lesson, you can have students write sentences for the activity worksheet. You can also change the actions for the opening step of the lesson if you’d like. Finally, you can teach your students one of the songs from the additional resources.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It notes that students who already have some experience with using and writing verbs will likely have an easier time with this lesson. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


Introduction to Verbs

The Introduction to Verbs lesson plan includes two pages of content. The lesson begins with a series of images of a money doing different things: swimming, painting, hanging, pulling, throwing, and jumping. The lesson asks students to think about what the images and words have in common. They’re all actions, and actions that most students have probably done themselves at one point or another. We call all of these words verbs.

Verbs are action words that tell what the subject is doing, will be doing, or has done. The lesson provides examples of each. We often use helping verbs with action verbs. They help tell about a past action, present action, or future action. We can also use verbs to describe actions or states of being. They can tell about physical actions, mental actions, and states of being, such as what you are. Helping verbs are used for states of being. They can be used alone, with action verbs, or with other helping verbs.

The lesson includes some example sentences with the verb bolded so students can identify them more easily. There are so many different verbs because there are so many different actions! We can explain all actions using a verb or a helping verb. You can practice identifying the actions you do all day long. Verbs are action words that can tell you what a subject is doing, has done, or will do. The more time spent practicing with verbs, the easier they will be to identify and use!


The Introduction to Verbs lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


For the activity worksheet, students will look at pictures and write three verbs that describe the action in each of them. These may include helping verbs.


The practice worksheet asks students to first circle the verbs in ten sentences. Some of these sentences will have more than one verb. Next, students will circle the correct verb for each sentence between the two options that they are provided.


For the homework assignment, students will first write down five actions they do in the morning at home, at school, and in the night at home. Next, they will write a sentence for each of these actions. They will then circle the action and helping verbs in each of their sentences.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet and the practice worksheet. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Language Arts, Video

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1.C, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1.E, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1.D, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1.A, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1.D, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1.F

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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