Verbs - Worksheets, ESL Activities and Games

Action Verbs Worksheet

ESL Action Verbs Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Beginner (A1) - 25 minutes

In this action verbs worksheet, students learn and practice common physical action verbs. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching action verbs to pictures. Students then do a gap-fill exercise where they complete sentences using the action verbs from the first exercise. Next, students read about someone's daily routine and circle all the action verbs in the text. Students then move on to practice the action verbs they have learnt by writing about their daily routine using the verbs from the worksheet. When the students have finished, they read their daily routines to the class and feedback is given.
 

Common Verbs Crossword

ESL Verbs Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Beginner (A1) - 20 minutes

In this free verbs worksheet activity, students complete a crossword with common verbs by guessing missing words in sentences. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Both students have the same crossword, but Student A has the verbs across and Student B has the verbs down. The students' task is to listen to clues given by their partner in order to guess the missing verbs in the crossword. Students take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing verbs, e.g. 'What's 1 down?' Their partner then reads the sentence for that verb using the word 'blank' where the verb should go. The student then tries to guess the verb. If the student guesses the verb successfully, they write it in the crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their answers and spelling by comparing worksheets.
 

Fairy Tale Verbs Worksheet

ESL Verbs Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

This story-based verbs worksheet helps students practice common verbs in the past and present simple. Each student is given a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by circling the correct verbs and changing the verbs that aren't correct in a set of sentences. Students then match present and past forms of verbs that they are going to use to complete a story about Goldilocks and the three bears. Next, students circle the correct verbs in bold to complete the first part of the Goldilocks story. After that, students continue with a gap-fill exercise where they complete the second part of the story with verbs from a box in their present or past simple form. When the students have finished each exercise, the answers are reviewed with the class.
 

20 Common Verbs Card Game

ESL Common Verbs Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

This verbs card game comes in two parts and helps students practice verb collocations and making sentences with 20 common verbs. The game can be used with the '20 Common Verbs Worksheet', which provides practice with the same verbs. Students begin with a pelmanism game to practice common verb collocations. The students are divided into groups of three and given a set of verb cards and a set of collocation cards. The students shuffle both sets of cards separately and spread them out face down on the desk in two sets. Students then take it in turns to turn over one card from each set. If the verb matches with the phrase on the other card to make a collocation, the student keeps the two cards, scores a point and has another turn. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. Play then passes to the next student. The students continue to play until all the cards have been matched or until no matches are possible. Students then add up their scores and move on to the second part of the game. The students shuffle the verb cards and place them face down in a pile on the desk. The students then take it in turns to pick up a card from the top of the pile and make a sentence with the verb on the card. Students are not allowed to repeat a collocation from the first game and must try to create new sentences using the verbs. If the sentence uses the verb correctly and is grammatically correct, the student keeps the card and scores a point. If the student is unable to make a correct sentence, the card is placed at the bottom of the pile. The next student then takes a card from the top of the pile and so on. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The students then add up their points from both games to find the overall winner.
 

20 Common Verbs Worksheet

ESL Common Verbs Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

This verbs worksheet helps students learn and practice 20 common verbs in English. The worksheet can be used with '20 Common Verbs Card Game', which provides practice with the same verbs. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching 12 verbs with words or phrases that can go with the verbs. Next, students underline verbs in questions and answers and then match the questions and answers together. Students then do a gap-fill exercise where they complete sentences with verbs from boxes, adding 's' or 'es' to the verbs when necessary.
 

Verb Opposites

ESL Verbs Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 45 minutes

This engaging verbs teaching activity helps to increase students' knowledge of verbs and their opposites. The teacher starts the activity by reading out each verb on the worksheet and eliciting the verb's meaning from the class. Next, the students are divided into teams of four and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The teacher reads out a verb at random from the worksheet. The first team to call out the correct opposite verb scores a point. The winning team can then score an extra point by making an appropriate sentence with the opposite verb. All the students in the class then write down the opposite verb on their worksheet. This continues until the worksheet is complete. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Working alone, the students then write ten sentences using a different verb from the worksheet in each sentence, e.g. 'I come to school by car'. When the students have finished, they are divided into pairs and exchange sentences with their partner. Next, the students take it in turns to read one of their partner's sentences and then make another sentence using the opposite verb, e.g. 'I go home at 3 o'clock'. Afterwards, the pairs create a short story using ten verbs from the worksheet. These stories are then read to the class and feedback is given.
 

Whose sentence is this?

ESL Verbs Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this common verbs activity, students play a game where they guess who wrote certain sentences. The students are divided into groups of four and each student is given four cards. Without showing anyone, the students complete sentences on the cards with true information, e.g. 'I go to the park every week'. When the students have finished, they place their cards face down in the middle of the table. The students then shuffle the cards together and place them in a pile, keeping them face down. One student goes first and takes the top card from the pile. If the student takes their own card, they place it back in the pile and take another one from the top. The student then reads the sentence to the group and tries to guess who wrote it. If the student guesses correctly, they win and keep the card. If not, the card is placed at the bottom of the pile. Play then passes to the next student and so on. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
 

Confusing Verbs Worksheet

ESL Confusing Verbs Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This confusing verbs worksheet help students understand the differences between some commonly confused verb pairs. Each student is given a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading about the differences between come/go and bring/take. Students then complete sentences with the correct verb in brackets in its appropriate form. Next, students complete sentences with come, go, bring or take. The students then move on to read about the verbs say/tell and look/watch/see. After that, students do a gap-fill exercise where they complete sentences with the correct verb in brackets. Finally, students use verb pairs to create example sentences of their own to demonstrate the meaning of each verb. Afterwards, the students' sentences are reviewed together as a class and feedback is given.
 

Group the Verbs

ESL Verbs Game - Reading, Matching, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this enjoyable verbs game, students compete to place verbs in their correct category. The students are divided into competing pairs (A and B). Each pair of students is given a verbs list and each set of competing pairs is given a copy of the categories worksheet. There are eight categories in total with six verbs from the verbs list belonging to each category. The pairs take it in turns to choose a verb from their list and write it in the A or B column under the category that they think the verb belongs to. The pair then crosses the verb off the list. After a pair has written a verb under a category, they are not allowed to move it. When the pairs have categorized all the verbs on their list, the correct answers are elicited from the class. Pairs score one point for each correctly placed verb. The pair with the highest score wins the game.
 
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