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Action words + I/you/she/he can/can't sentence pattern
Beginner level


In this lesson, students learn about action words through guided discovery based on the picture dictionary. The lesson starts with brainstorming about their ability to activate their prior knowledge. This is followed by a game by which students will draw, act or explain the target vocabulary. Finally, students will work in a group to create a short comic strip about their superheroes and her/his abilities.


Abc flashcards and video
Abc copies from Melody Picture Dictionary

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of Action verbs in the context of Human's and superhero's abilities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of use the verb: "can" and its negation in the context of Action verbs


Warmer/Lead-in (10-12 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The class starts with a review of the previous lesson's target vocabulary and sentence pattern with games. This is followed by a brainstorming activity for the target vocabulary.

Exposure (13-15 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Melody Picture Dictionary p. 31-32 Activity 1: Pointing and reading the target vocabulary. Activity 2: Spelling game to memorize the form.

Highlighting (11-13 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the task

Introduction to superhero abilities: what can and can't they do by using a short video from Spiderman, Superman and so on.

Controlled Practice (15-20 minutes) • Prepare students for more meaningful practice

Using the superhero pack students do activities: Activity1: Verb Hero fill-in the blank to complete the sentence Activity2: Verb Charades (acting out, drawing and explaining verbs) - Small Group Activity Activity 3: Create a comic strip Source: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Verbs-Superhero-Action-Words-204966

Review and closing • To allow students to talk about their comic strip

Students display their comic strip on the whiteboard and describe their hero's abilities.

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