Verbs or action words

Home learning focus

To be able to identify 'doing words', or verbs, in sentences and use them in your own writing.

This lesson includes:

  • a video about verbs

  • three activities to do at home


A verb is also known as a 'doing word'. Verbs describe an action, state or occurrence.

Watch this short video to find out more.

See how many verbs you can spot in this video.

Verbs can be used to describe an action - that’s doing something. For example, the word jumping:

The rabbit was jumping in the field.

They can also be used to describe a state of being - that’s feeling something. For example, the word likes here:

The monster likes rollercoasters.

Or a verb can be used to describe an occurrence - that’s something happening. For example, the word became here:

The caterpillar became a butterfly.

When writing, make sure every sentence includes a verb.

Activity 1: Identify verbs

Click on the box below and see how many verbs you can spot.

Now try the quiz below and see how many questions you can answer correctly.

Activity 2: Let's write some verbs

Write ten sentences that show things you have done in the past.

  • Make sure you use capital letters and punctuation correctly
  • Highlight the verbs in each of your sentences

Here is an example: I have been swimming in a pool.

Activity 3: Listening for 'doing' words

Watch and listen to the video below and see how many verbs (doing words) you can spot. Make sure you write down the verbs, as you spot them.

Write down as many verbs as you can.

How many verbs did you write down?

Choose five of them and write a sentence using that verb. For example, if you chose the word knocked, your sentence could be: I knocked on my friend's front door.

If you really want to test yourself, try writing three more sentences using the present or future tense of the verbs in your list. For example: I am going to knock on my friends front door.

Where next?

In this lesson you have identified doing words and used them in your writing.

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