Identifying verbs

Home learning focus

To understand verbs and be able to identify them in a sentence.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos to help you understand verbs

  • three activities.


Watch this clip to learn about what verbs are and how they are used.

Learn about verbs.

A verb is a word used to describe an action, state or occurrence.

Verbs can be used to describe an action (doing something).

For example, the word ‘jumping’ in this sentence:

The rabbit was jumping in the field.

They can also be used to describe a state (being or feeling something).

For example, the word ‘likes’ here:

The monster likes rollercoasters.

Or a verb can be used to describe an occurrence (something happening).

For example, the word ‘became’ in this sentence:

The caterpillar became a butterfly.

When writing, make sure every sentence includes a verb.

Watch the following clip to see verbs in action.

Learn about verbs in everyday life.


Activity 1

Check how well you understood the videos with these two short activities.

1. Highlight all the verbs in the sentences.

Remember: Verbs can describe an action, state or occurrence.

2. Then, complete this verbs quiz. How many can you get correct out of five?

Activity 2

Complete the Finding verbs activity sheet.

You need to read each of the sentences and circle all the verbs that are used.

If you can't print out the sheet, write a list of verbs that are in each sentence instead.

Then, choose five of the sentences and rewrite them with different verbs.

Top tip!

You could use a thesaurus or an online thesaurus to find a different or more impressive words. If you're not sure how to use a thesaurus, you can find out here.

Finding verbs activity sheet

Activity 3

You can use verbs to make your sentences more impressive by carefully choosing the best verb for a sentence.

For example:

The little boy cried.

The little boy sobbed.

By choosing your verbs carefully, you give the reader a much clearer picture in their head.

Task: Write five sentences about what the gorilla monster in the first video got up to in the town. Remember to choose the best verb you can for each sentence. Then underline all the verbs you have used.

You can use this Verbs word map to help you choose some interesting verbs for your sentences.

Verbs word mat

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