These activity sheets will teach your students how to identify and use verbs properly in sentences.

Verbs are words that show an action, occurrence, or a state of being. Your students may be confused about the differences between verbs and predicates. Simply put, a sentence can be divided into two parts: the subject and the predicate. The predicate is everything that is not the subject, and it contains the verb. In sentences that are made up of only two words (i.e. "Jennifer cooked."), the verb and the predicate are the same thing.

Fun Project Idea: Have your students perform the Schoolhouse Rock "Verbs" song (available on YouTube) for extra reinforcement of the definition and use of verbs. A whole slew of worksheets for this topic can be found below.

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The Big Olde' Helper

A main verb shows the action or the state of being in a sentence. A helper works with the main word to show when the action or state of being occurs (in the past, present or future). Some common helping verbs are: is, am, are, has, have, had, was, were, and will.

Action Verbs

Read each word. What part of speech is it? Write your answer on the line. Write a sentence to describe what is happening in each picture. Use that exact word in each of your sentences.

Action Verbs

Where the heck is that action word up in here?

Using Helping Verbs

Their use can have a dramatic affect on a body of work.

Linking Verbs

These connect a subject to its predicate without expressing any action. It re-identifies or describes its subject. The word, phrase, or clause which follows a linking verb to re-identify or describe the subject is called the subject complement.

"To Be"

Choose the correct past tense form of the word "to be" to complete each sentence.

Round 2 of "To Be"

The verb “to be” helps us to explain the condition or characteristics of people and things, what we call "state of being." The term "to be" is usually a linking verb, meaning that it links the subject of a sentence to an adjective or a noun. The word can also be used with gerunds to show action that is happening right now.

To Be Or Not To Be

Write sentences that use "to be" as specified below.

Transitive Verbs

Find these guys in each sentence and then write its direct object on the line.

Transitive and Intransitive

Write a sentence for each word. The word form should be either transitive or intransitive as indicated in parentheses.

10 Rules for Subject/Verb Agreement

On a separate page, write a sentence to demonstrate each rule of subject/verb agreement.

Subject-Verb Agreement

Underline the correct word that would help you complete each sentence below.

Tenses

Underline the action words in each sentence below. Write whether they are present, past, or future tense on the line.

Writing with Helping Words

Write 5 original sentences using the helping words provided.

Mains and Helpers

Underline the main verb in each sentence. Then rewrite each sentence below three times, changing the helper each time to change the meaning of the sentence.

Animal Sounds

Match the word in the box with the animal that does the action. The first one is done for you.