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Wonderful Collage


By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:

·     identify and remember action verbs

·     spell the action verbs correctly

Target Language:

Verbs: walk, run, sing, dance, jump, hop, sit, stand, cry, smile

Time needed for preparation:

10 minutes

Time needed in class:

50 minutes


Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

Language Focus:

Language Arts

Activity Use:


Pupil Task:

Group Work
Whole Class

Which learning institute:



Origami paper, glue, scissors, A4 paper with outline of verb

Procedure before class:

1.       Draw a block outline of verbs onto A4 paper – one verb per paper.

Procedure in class:

1.       Check existing knowledge. Teacher mimes a verb and elicits the verb from the students.
2.       Present any new vocabulary in context, for example, the teacher runs around the classroom. ‘What am I doing? I’m running’. Base verb is ‘run’.  Choose a couple of students to ‘run’ around the class. Drill vocabulary  item for students, focusing on pronunciation. Do not show them the word at this stage.
3.       Repeat the above stage for each verb.
4.       Show the picture card to the students and elicit the verb from students. Ask them to mime the verb, to check understanding. Write the verb on the whiteboard.
5.       Hand out the word outlines-one per student or they could do it in pairs- origami paper, glue and scissors to the pupils.
6.       Show students what to do – model collaging for the verb outline.
7.       Children complete collage (20 mins)
8.        Station strategy
-          Teacher collects pupils’ work and puts it at different ‘stations’ around the classroom.
-          Pupils need to stand by a collage, study the word and try to remember how word is spelled. After 20 seconds, teachers says ‘Stop’ and students have to go to the whiteboard and write the word. Everyone checks whether word is correct and the meaning of verb is checked by teacher. Students then move to the next station.
9.       This process is repeated until children have been to each station..
10.    Do the matching worksheet  - picture to verb.


Follow Up:

Students are given worksheets to match verb pictures to words.

Next lesson: Teacher can use pupils’ collages to illustrate simple sentences – using blue-tac on whiteboard. Spelling patterns could also be done in a subsequent lesson.


-          Pictionary

-          Gapfill activity

-          Making a mini-book or a story using ‘stick-people’ pictures. 


-          Check students’ engagement – remember if they know the verb, then teach a more challenging verb