And I'm glad I did. I noticed just last week that my fifth graders can identify the action verbs in their writing but struggle with the good old linking verbs. I'm always telling them - every sentence has a verb! (Well except when author's choose to craft incomplete sentences, but in most cases- I'll say it again- every sentence has a verb!) But they aren't seeing the verb if it isn't an action. Jessica's activity helped us do a lesson on linking verbs without boring, old worksheets. Yay!
First we picked our angry bird and colored it neatly!
We had a great discussion about the things angry birds do and we wrote about our angry bird using these action verbs - we called them "Angry Verbs." Then we described our angry bird with linking verbs. We looked up common linking verbs on the Internet for reference.
The next day we chose our favorite sentences-one with an action verb and one with a linking verb, and we created these cute cards to display.
Lastly we hunted for action and linking verbs in our independent reading books.We will continue to notice the verbs we use in our writing throughout the remainder of the year. I'm hoping the "Angry Verbs" reference will stick with kids a lot longer than any workbook page.
For more fun grammar ideas check out my fifth grade grammar Pinterest board!
Also, check out Jessica's review of my Current Events Close Reading Instructional Packet.
Lastly, I'm linking up with Fourth Grade Flipper's Tried it Tuesday! Join in!