How Does it Move?

  • Engage Young Learners with the “How Does It Move” Verb Activity!

    This is the perfect resource to introduce verbs to young learners. This fun resource combines students’ natural interest in animals while learning all about verbs.

    Verbs are used to describe an action, a state, or an occurrence. When introducing verbs to young learners, a common place to start is with action verbs. This type of verb is easiest for them to understand, as many action verbs are things they can either witness happening or experience themselves.

    This resource focuses on verbs relating to movement, specifically the ways in which animals move. The page features nine different action verbs that will help students understand verbs as movements. There are nine verbs displayed on the page, and below each word, students are required to write or draw a creature that moves as the verb describes.

    When completing the activity, consider giving some of your students the option to draw their answers. This means that children who struggle with writing will be given an equal opportunity to demonstrate their understanding. It will also allow them to focus on the learning intention rather than worry about their writing abilities.

    How to Use the “How Does It Move” Activity:

    1. Download and Print the PDF: Start by downloading and printing the resource.
    2. Familiarise with Verbs: Read the verbs as a class to familiarise students with the words.
    3. Model the Activity: Complete the first box together to get their brains in gear. How many different creatures can you think of that match the verb?
    4. Student Work: Students must either write or draw the creatures they think of in the corresponding boxes.

    Extension Activities and Fun Ideas:

    • Reverse the Activity: Show your students some pictures of animals and ask them to write down verbs to describe how the animal moves. This is also a good chance to discuss adverbs, which are words used to describe a verb. For example, how does the spider crawl? How does the frog jump?
    • Act Out Verbs: Encouraging students to physically act out verbs is a great way to help them understand exactly what one is.
    • PE Warm-Up: Exploring different ways to move is an important part of learning in physical education. Try an action verb warm-up by calling out an animal and a verb relating to it, and watch as your students crawl, hop, or jump their way across the gym.
    • Simon Says: Play a game of ‘Simon Says’ focusing on action verbs. The caller gives commands such as “Simon says jump on one leg” or “Simon says crawl under a desk.” Players follow the commands only if they start with “Simon says.” If the caller gives a direct action without saying “Simon says,” players must not follow the command. If they do, they are out of the game.

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