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Reading and Writing Rocks Yellow / Lesson 13: 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?













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