Action Verbs: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 Parts of Speech
  • 0:25 Action Verbs
  • 1:03 How Many Actions Can You Name?
  • 1:38 Practice Finding Action Verbs
  • 2:07 Verb Tenses and Forms
  • 2:44 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This is a lesson about action verbs. You'll learn what an action verb is and think of action verbs you can use. Then, you'll practice finding the action verbs in some sentences.

Parts of Speech

When we speak and write, we use different kinds of words to do different jobs. There are words for people, places, and objects; words for connecting; words for positions; and words for describing. This is a lesson about verbs, which describe actions, states of being, and occurrences. In particular, we'll talk about verbs that express action.

Action Verbs

Melanie and her friends are playing charades. Melanie goes first. She wants to make everyone guess what she is doing without saying anything - she has to act it out. Everyone laughs when Melanie lays on the floor and rolls over and over, and they guess 'roll.' Next, it is Jason's turn. He pretends to take a huge bite out of an apple. Someone guesses 'eat.' That's right! Next Lilly yawns, puts her head down, and closes her eyes, and her friends guess her action - 'sleep.'

All of these words - roll, eat, and sleep - are examples of action verbs. An action verb is a word that expresses action - it describes something you can do.

How Many Actions Can You Name?

After the game of charades is over, Melanie shows her friends a story she's written. The story is missing something - it has no action verbs!

Melanie and her friends need to think of as many actions as they can to try and finish the story. They start to name actions. Here are some actions they think of:

  • Walk
  • Talk
  • See
  • Slide
  • Swing
  • Roar
  • Sing
  • Eat
  • Listen
  • Leave
  • Look

Melanie writes the actions into the story, then reads it to her friends. The story sounds much better when it includes action verbs! You can see the story Melanie wrote, with the action verbs in red.

melanies story with verbs

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