Verbs Worksheets, ESL Activities and Games

Action Verbs

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

In this printable action verbs worksheet, students learn and practice common physical action verbs. Give each student 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.
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Interactive Version - In this action verbs interactive worksheet, students work through a range of exercises to learn commonly used action verbs.

 

Common Verbs Crossword

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

In this free common verbs worksheet activity, students complete a crossword with common verbs by guessing missing words in sentences. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student 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.
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Interactive Version - In this common verbs breakout room activity, pairs of students guess missing verbs in sentences in order to complete an interactive crossword.

 

Action Verbs Board Game

ESL Action Verbs Board Game - Reading and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this entertaining action verb board game, students perform, mime, or tell someone to do various actions described on cards. Give each group of three or four a copy of the board game, a set of action verb cards, a dice and counters. Ask the students to shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile on the game board. The players then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a 'Do an action' square, they pick up the top card from the pile and place it face up for everyone to see. The player then performs the action described on the card. If the action is correct, they remain on the square. If not, they go back one square. If a player lands on a 'Tell someone to do an action' square, they pick up the top card from the pile and tell another player to do the action on the card. If the selected player does the correct action, they stay on the square they are currently on. If not, the selected player must move their counter back one square. When a player lands on a 'Mime an action' square, that player picks up a card and mimes the action on the card (without speaking) for the other players to guess. For example, if the player picks up the card 'clap your hands', they must mime the action and another student in the group must say 'clap'. If another student correctly guesses the verb, the player stays on the square. If the action verb isn't guessed correctly, the player moves back a square. When a card has been used, it is placed back at the bottom of the pile. The first player to reach the finish wins the game.
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Fairy Tale Verbs

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. Give each student 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.
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Interactive Version - This verbs interactive worksheet contains a variety of exercises to help students practice the past and present simple form of various common verbs.

 

Stative Verbs Practice

ESL Stative Verbs Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this stative verbs worksheet, students learn 20 common stative verbs and practice using them. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by finding and writing down 20 stative verbs in a word search. Next, students read a text and underline all the stative verbs. Students then complete sentences with the correct stative verb in brackets in its correct form. In the last exercise, students correct mistakes in sentences that contain stative verbs and rewrite them. If a sentence is correct, students put a tick beside it.
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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 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. Give each group of three 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.
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20 Common Verbs Worksheet

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

This printable common verbs worksheet helps students learn and practice 20 verbs in English. The worksheet can be used with '20 Common Verbs Card Game', which provides practice with the same verbs. Give each student 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.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive verb exercises PDF, students learn 20 common English verbs.

 

Verb Opposites

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

This free verb opposites teaching activity helps to increase students' knowledge of verbs and their opposites. Start by reading out the verbs on the worksheet and eliciting each verb's meaning from the class. Next, divide the students into teams of four and give each student a copy of the worksheet. Read 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, divide them into pairs and have the students 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.
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Interactive Version - Here is a free verb opposites interactive worksheet to help students learn the opposites of commonly-used verbs.

 

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. Divide the students into groups of four and give each student 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.
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Action Verb, Stative Verb or Both?

ESL Action or Stative Verb Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this action vs. stative verbs worksheet, students learn and practice the difference between action verbs and stative verbs. Give a copy of the two-page worksheet to each student. Students begin by reading a text describing the difference between action verbs and stative verbs. Students then categorize a list of verbs and mark them as either action verbs, stative verbs, or both. Next, students underline the correct action or stative verb forms in a set of sentences. Students then move on to cross out mistakes in sentences and write the corrections on lines. After that, students complete an email with the correct form of the action or stative verbs in brackets. In the last exercise, students write a reply to the email using at least five action verbs and five stative verbs in their response. When the students have finished, review their emails as a class.
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Interactive Version - This action verbs vs. stative verbs interactive worksheet can be used to help teach students the difference between action and stative verbs.

 

Confusing Verbs

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

This printable confusing verbs worksheet helps students understand the differences between some commonly confused verb pairs. Give each student 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, review the students' sentences together as a class and give feedback.
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Interactive Version - In this confusing verbs interactive worksheet, students complete a variety of exercises to help them practice verb pairs that are often confused.

 

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. Divide the students into competing pairs (A and B). Give each pair of students a verbs list and each set of competing pairs 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, elicit the correct answers 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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