Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)
Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
Topic: Action Verbs
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
Brief Description: Students will practice using action verbs to describe what is happening in the present tense.
Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with common action verbs. This lesson is a great way to reinforce adding -ing to the end of a verb to show present tense. Use this as a check for understanding sentence structure and spelling patterns.
Hook: Ask students: What am I doing right now? Have students name the action. You are ______. Student answers may include talking, standing, looking. Explain that action verbs are words to explain the action of someone or something.
- Read and discuss the comic. After reading each panel, ask: which word tells us what the person is doing in the sentence? Which word is the subject- the person doing the action?
- Guide students to understand that we can add -ing on the end of verbs to show they are happening right now, in the present.
- Discuss how each sentence starts with a subject and then the correct form of -be. Then we add -ing to the end of the verb to show the action.
- Practice reading aloud or acting out the sentences to promote understanding of the present tense.
- Have students role play to show what they are doing while the other children have to guess what the action is using the correct form of the present-tense verb.
- Tell students to create a comic to show their action while focusing on using the correct sentence structure.
Closure: Have students share their comic with the whole group or in partners. Emphasize the importance of conjugating the verb correctly to show present tense.
- Provide sentence stems as needed.
- Allow students to us.e the speech to text feature
- Allow students to work with a peer model.
- Provide a list of common verbs.
- Provide visuals for students.