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  • 0:02 What Are Verbs?
  • 0:33 Action Verbs
  • 1:02 Using Verbs in Sentences
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Instructor
Shelly Merrell

Shelly has a Master's of Education. Most recent professional experience is an educational diagnostician. Prior, she taught for 8 years.

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Jenna Clayton

Jenna received her BA in English from Iowa State University in 2015, and she has taught at the secondary level for three years.

'Chop,' 'cut,' and 'kick' are all action words. These action words are called verbs. Today, we will learn what verbs are and briefly discuss the different kinds of verbs.

What Are Verbs?

Mom, can I RUN to the park?

I JUMPED over the puddle.

You SWAM fast in the race.

What do the words that are capitalized all have in common? They are verbs!

A verb is a main part of speech that is often used to describe or indicate an action. Sentences are not complete without a verb.

Here are some examples: jog, stop, hear, call, explore and believe.

Action Verbs

While there are several types of verbs, today's lesson will focus on action verbs. Action verbs tell what the subject of a sentence is doing. Words like navigate, climb, swing, slide, told, and answer are action verbs.

Can you think of verbs for actions you completed today? You may have brushed your teeth, put your shoes on, smiled at your friend, and drank your water. For the rest of the day, think about what you're doing. What verbs can you think of?

Using Verbs in Sentences

Let's look at some examples of sentences without verbs and then with verbs inserted.

'She home.'

This sentence is confusing. It leaves readers asking, she did what at home? Let's give the sentence a verb, or action word.

'She drove home.'

By adding the verb, 'drove,' we better understand this sentence.

Let's try again.

'He the football.'

That doesn't make sense. Let's add a verb. 'He throws the football.' This is smoother. We understand the sentence now.

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In this picture, you can identify the verb as 'ice skating.' Ice skating is what these people are doing.

What action words, or verbs, can you associate with a horse?
Wild

When looking at the picture of the horse, think of verbs, or action words, that are associated with a horse. We know a horse runs, eats, chews, gallops, trots, and sleeps. We identified some of the things a horse can do; we identified verbs.

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Finding Action Verbs Practice

Identify the Action Verbs

For this activity, identify the action verb in each sentence.

  1. Marley and I walked to the park on Saturday morning.
  2. My cousin built a snowman that looked just like Olaf from Frozen.
  3. I played a board game today called Clue.
  4. My dog, Bandit, ran away from home last Wednesday.
  5. My dad found her in a nearby cornfield.
  6. At the baseball game, the third basemen dove for a foul ball.
  7. My grandmother knitted a beautiful red scarf for me.
  8. The gorilla glared at me through the glass at the zoo.
  9. After school, my friends and I raced to the movie theater to watch the new Star Wars film.
  10. Trey, my best friend, broke his arm last weekend.
  11. On the weekend, my sisters and I traveled to Philadelphia to visit my aunt and uncle.
  12. Today at school I learned the difference between an autobiography and a biography.
  13. Last night I devoured five pieces of pepperoni pizza.
  14. The crazy chicken chased me and my friends.
  15. Two weeks ago for Christmas, my family and I flew from Omaha to New York City.

Answers:

  1. Walked
  2. Built
  3. Played
  4. Ran
  5. Found
  6. Dove
  7. Knitted
  8. Glared
  9. Raced
  10. Broke
  11. Traveled
  12. Learned
  13. Devoured
  14. Chased
  15. Flew

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