Act out verbs with shades of meaning
Act out verbs with shades of meaning

Act out verbs with shades of meaning

I can distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing similar actions.

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Students act out verbs describing the same general action to distinguish shades of meaning.



Learning objective

Students will be able to distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action by acting out the meanings.


Have students practice adjectives by adding color words to the sentences to make them more interesting.


Discuss the term shades of meaning with students. Help students understand that we have many words to use when we want to describe them and that some are stronger and some are weaker. Just like colors, words have hues, which are called shades of meaning. Give examples with tiny/small/little. Then have students practice by whispering/saying and yelling the word "hello." How do the different "hello's" come across? Next explain that verbs are words that are used to describe an action (remember that if you're not sure a word is a verb, you can say the word "to" in front if it, if it works, it's a verb- to walk vs to blue). Give students a physical example by asking them to stand up and tip-toe, walk, and jog around their desks. Which of these is strongest? Have students form pairs and then tell students that their job will be to pick a verb from the chart and act out a stronger verb. So if the verb is 'walk' you may decide to act out 'jog'. As a class then drag the words from least intense to most intense. As a class determine which of the given verbs is stronger, and then determine stronger verbs and act them out. Show the shades of meaning ladder and have students drag the words in the colored groups to their places on the ladder from weakest to strongest. Again practice recognizing the stronger verb in given pairs.


Students are given multiple choice questions in which they must determine which of the given verbs has the strongest shade of meaning. They are then given pairs of words and must decide which of the given verbs is stronger.


Remind students that they can now not only distinguish shades of meaning between verbs, but also act out the different meanings. To close, have students form pairs and act out verbs. Have a students select one of the three verbs given in a set, and act it out. Their partner must guess which of the three they are acting out.

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