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7 Verb Worksheets: How to Teach “Action Words”

Verb Tense Worksheets

7 Verb Worksheets: Printable Activities to Teach Verbs

As you may already know, verbs are simply “doing” or “action” words. And verbs are an important part of speech in English. In these 7 verb worksheets, we touch on the various types of verbs in the English language.

For example, we introduce verb conjugation with present simple verbs and daily routines. Next, we challenge students a bit with the irregular past tense form.

Then, we introduce the topic of helping and linking verbs with two separate exercises where they have to find these types of verbs

Finally, we suggest a couple of verb activities that are fun and challenging for students. Even though these verb games are common for children, they do teach a form of a verb.

1. Daily Routines Worksheet

Daily Routines Present Verb Tense

What are your daily and weekly routines? In the daily routines worksheet, students explore the present verb tense by thinking of what they do every day or week.

First, put students in pairs. Next, they review each of the daily routine examples in the worksheet. Using the present verb tense, they ask each other what their daily routines are?

For example, do they wash their hands every day? Can they think of other daily routines they have? How about weekly or monthly routines?

2. Irregular Past Tense Verbs Worksheet

Irregular Past Tense Verb

This worksheet tests students’ knowledge of writing the irregular past tense for 10 verbs. In addition, it has basic matching with each irregular verb.

First, students have to complete the sentence by conjugating the verb in the Irregular Past Tense Verbs Worksheet. At the end of each sentence, it has the verb they have to use.

After completing this, they have to match each sentence with the image below. Simply, they have to write the number in the box. Finally, can they think of any other irregular verbs? In pairs, they can write a list of other irregular past tense verbs on a separate piece of paper.

3. Helping Verbs Worksheet

Helping Verbs Worksheet

In this helping verbs worksheet, students have to read each sentence carefully. Next, they have to circle the action verb and underline the helping verb.

Generally, we use helping verbs to complement action verbs. For the majority of the time, the helping been goes before the action verb.

For example, in the sentence “he should listen in class” – “should” is the helping verb, and “listen” is the action verb.

4. Linking Verbs Worksheet

Linking Verbs Worksheet

In this linking verbs worksheet, students have carefully read all 15 sentences. In each sentence, they have to circle the linking verbs.

Linking verbs do not show actions. Instead, they link a subject to a noun or adjective in a sentence.

For example, in the sentence “I feel sick”, the linking verb “feel” connects to the adjective “sick”. And the subject in the sentence is “I”.

5. Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

In this transitive and intransitive verbs worksheet, students have to write a “T” or “I” for transitive and intransitive verbs.

As you may know, transitive verbs act on an object. For example, in the sentence “he played the piano”, the verb “played” corresponds to the object “the piano”.

But for intransitive verbs, these types of verbs don’t relate to any objects. For example, in the sentence “she slept all day”, the verb “slept” doesn’t coincide with any type of object.

So let’s put these concepts into practice with this transitive and intransitive verbs worksheet. Is it a transitive verb (T) or intransitive verb (I)?

6. Imperatives: Simon Says

Simon Says Ideas

Only when the teacher says “Simon Says”, students can complete the action. For example, if you only say “Touch your nose”, students should do nothing.

But if you say “Simon says touch your nose”, students should actually touch their nose. This is how to play Simon Says.

If you’re looking for Simon Says ideas, we have provided a worksheet below that you can use. For example, students can touch their noses, jump up and down and run in a circle.

7. Action Verbs Charades

Charades for Kids - How to Play

Charades for kids is an extremely interactive activity where they act out certain gestures or activities. For example, kids can act out riding a horse or fishing in a boat. Below, we have included some of the best ideas in charades for kids.

Because introverted students don’t like to come out of their shells and act alone, this is why we’ve created group charades. Suddenly, for group charades introverts become extroverts and they’re much more likely to be more relaxed and play as a group.

Typically, you split the class into several groups depending on class size. For example, if you have 30 students, make 6 groups of five. Rather than one person acting out, the entire group acts it out, and one person guesses. In the group charades worksheet, there are tons of ideas to get started.

Of course, this is an alternative to charades for kids. In most cases, normal charades work out just fine!

How to Teach “Doing” or “Action Words”

These 7 verb worksheets teach “doing” or “action words” and help students formulate sentences.

Whether it’s verb conjugation with present simple, imperatives, or past tense, they are challenging enough to keep students engaged in learning verbs.

In addition, some of these verb worksheets include activities to get your students up and moving while teaching an important grammar point. All you have to do is remind them what it is.

If you like these verb worksheets, make sure to check out our adverb worksheets which are words that describe verbs.

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