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.

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Helping Verbs

A main verb shows the action or the state of being in a sentence. A helping verb works with the main verb 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. Is it a noun or an action verb? Write your answer on the line. Write a sentence to describe what is happening in each picture. Use an action verb in each of your sentences.

Action Verbs

Underline the action verb in each sentence.

Using Helping Verbs

Choose the correct helping verb.

Linking Verbs

A linking verb connects a subject to its predicate without expressing any action. A linking verb 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.

The Verb "To Be"

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

The Verb "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 verb "to be" is usually a linking verb, meaning that it links the subject of a sentence to an adjective or a noun. The verb to be can also be used with gerunds to show action that is happening right now.

To Be Or Not To Be

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

Transitive Verbs

Underline the transitive verb in each sentence. Write its direct object on the line.

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Write a sentence for each verb. The verb 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 verb to complete each sentence below.

Verb Tenses

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

Writing with Helping Verbs

Write 5 original sentences using the helping words provided.

Main Verbs and Helping Verbs

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

Animal Sounds

Verbs are words that show action! Match the word in the box with the animal that does the action. The first one is done for you.