Grade 6 English Lesson Plan: Understanding and Using Verbs

Lesson Plan Title:

Grade 6 English Lesson Plan: Understanding and Using Verbs

Materials Needed:

  • Textbooks
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Worksheets on verbs
  • Flashcards with verbs
  • Interactive verb game (digital tool)
  • Laptops or tablets (if available)
  • Projector and screen

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
1. Identify verbs within sentences.
2. Differentiate between action verbs, linking verbs, and helping verbs.
3. Use verbs correctly in written and spoken sentences.
4. Conjugate verbs in past, present, and future tenses.
5. Correctly form sentences using various verb tenses.


  1. Verb: A word that denotes an action, state, or occurrence.
  2. Action Verb: A verb that describes a physical or mental action.
  3. Linking Verb: A verb that connects the subject of the sentence to a subject complement.
  4. Helping Verb: A verb used with main verbs to indicate tense, aspect, mood, etc.
  5. Conjugate: To change a verb’s form to indicate tense, person, number, aspect, or mood.

Previous Learning:

Previously, learners covered:
– Basic parts of speech, including nouns and pronouns.
– Sentence structure focusing on subject and predicate.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  • Challenge: Confusing linking verbs with action verbs.

    Solution: Provide clear examples and non-examples, and use a sorting activity.
  • Challenge: Difficulty in conjugating irregular verbs.

    Solution: Offer a cheat sheet for common irregular verbs and practice through repetition.
  • Challenge: Limited understanding of helping verbs.

    Solution: Demonstrate through multiple examples and embed in interactive activities.

Beginning Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Introduction to Learning Objectives: (2 minutes)
  2. Briefly state what verbs are and why they are important in language.
  3. Activate Prior Knowledge: (2 minutes)
  4. Ask students to name any verbs they know or to recall action words from previous lessons. Write these on the board.

Middle Activities (32 minutes):

  1. Direct Instruction on Verbs: (10 minutes)
  2. Define and explain action, linking, and helping verbs.
  3. Provide examples on the whiteboard.

  4. Interactive demonstration showing how to conjugate verbs in different tenses.

  5. Guided Practice: (10 minutes)

  6. Hand out worksheets with sentences where students need to identify and underline verbs.
  7. Use flashcards with verbs; ask students to categorize them into action, linking, and helping verbs.

  8. Conduct a mini-quiz through the interactive verb game on laptops or tablets.

  9. Independent Practice: (12 minutes)

  10. Have students write sentences using different types of verbs and various tenses.
  11. Peer review: Students exchange their sentences and check each other’s work for correct verb usage.

End Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Exit Ticket Activity: (4 minutes)
  2. Provide a short worksheet with a few sentences. Ask students to:
    • Identify the verb in each sentence.
    • State if it is an action, linking, or helping verb.
    • Conjugate a given verb in past, present, and future tense.
  3. Collect worksheets to assess understanding.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • Guided practice worksheets to check initial understanding.
  • Interactive game scores to gauge engagement and comprehension.
  • Independent practice sentences for application skills.
  • Exit ticket for final understanding of lesson objectives.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • Scaffolding:
  • Provide sentence starters for students struggling with independent practice.
  • Pair students needing more support with peers who have a stronger grasp of the topic.
  • Extension:
  • Create more complex sentences for advanced students to analyse and create.
  • Challenge advanced learners to identify and use phrasal verbs in their sentences.

Teaching Notes:

  • Purpose: This lesson aims to deepen students’ understanding of verbs and their usage, an essential aspect of English grammar.
  • Educational Value: Mastery of verbs enhances sentence construction and verbal communication.
  • Accessibility: Ensure worksheets and activities are available in large print or digital format for students with visual impairments. Use auditory commands and instructions for students with reading difficulties.
  • Delivery Tip: Use varied instructional strategies (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic) to cater to different learning styles.

Ensure that the classroom environment is inclusive and all students feel comfortable sharing their ideas and answers.

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