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Reading and Writing Rocks Yellow / Lesson 13: Verbs

Verbs
What will we be learning today?


  • In this lesson, we are going to learn all about verbs and subject/verb agreement.

Can you identify verbs in sentences?


  • We will begin today's lesson, by picking them out.


  • Verbs are words that show action. They are words that tell what people and things are doing in a sentence.

  • When you use good verbs, they can make your sentences more exciting.

  • Listen to these sentences. The words in red are verbs.


  • The dog made noise.

  • That isn't a very interesting sentence is it? The verb in the sentence is the word made. What word can we put in its place to make it more exciting?

  • The dog barked and wagged its tail.

  • Do you see that there are two verbs in that sentence? It is more interesting than the first, isn't it?


  • Look at this list of words. Which ones are verbs?

ran

dirty

writes

house

hopping

nose

door

rained

wiggles

tripped

foot

bed

You pick out the ones you think are verbs. Click here to listen to the answers.


  • Some verbs are tricky. They show action too, but they are harder to pick out. The verbs in these sentences are in red.

  • She went to the store.

  • He is ten years old.

  • We are at my house


  • The trick to pick out verbs is to ask, "What is the subject doing?" Or "What is the subject talking about?" Let's try.

  • The paper is white. What do we know about the paper?

  • It is white. The verb is the word is. It comes right after the subject. Try another.

  • Pam went around the block. Where did she go?

  • She went around the block. Went is the word that follows the subject, it is the verb in that sentence.


Let's Review What We Learned Today!


  • Verbs are words in sentences that show action.

  • Verbs tell what the subject of the sentence is doing.

  • Verbs can be tricky to find.

  • Often verbs follow the subject in a sentence