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This lesson teaches a vital classroom management word – stop! The basics of this lesson are suitable for very young students with no English experience. Older or more experienced students will learn important classroom verbs such as write, read, play, tidy up, count, and talk.

Stop! Classroom lesson plan (including lyrics to the ‘dance and stop’ song)

If you are in a hurry, or teach very young children, the lesson plan is all you need. However, if you teach older children, or have a little more time, the classroom verb cards add more interest and learning to this lesson.

Options for using classroom verb cards
There are plenty of resources for classroom verbs online, so I didn’t see the point in creating my own. My favorites come from the excellent teacher’s resource site, Twinkl.

From Twinkl, there are three options.
Option 1: Download ‘verb action posters’ (free)
These clearly illustrated cards include the words running, dancing, jumping, leaping, hopping, pulling, pushing, bouncing, talking, smiling, frowning, singing, waving, watching, eating, listening, reading, writing, and several other useful verbs. The disadvantage for this lesson is that the text gives the verbs in the present continuous tense, which doesn’t really work if you are using the cards for ‘Simon says’. You could get round this by cutting off the text, or replacing it with the verb in the simple present form. Also be aware that the card for ‘dancing’ shows a female child in a leotard, so may not be appropriate in all settings.

Option 2: Download KS1 visual timetable no text (free)
You can use many cards from the visual timetable as verb cards, such as write, sit, sing, dance, brush your teeth, eat, count, run, talk, clean up. If you are feeling ambitious you can also introduce ‘swim’, ‘somersault’ and even ‘go to the bathroom!’ The last one will likely cause a large amount of giggling, but it’s an essential piece of vocabulary for young children!
You can also use the visual timetable as part of your classroom management in future lessons.

Option 3: Download ‘body actions cards’ (requires Twinkl subscription at £21.60 per year)
If you make a lot of classroom resources, a Twinkl subscription is a great investment. It gives you access to Twinkl’s 10,000 high-quality resources, and helps support the professional teachers who produce them. The ‘body action cards’ are perfect for use in this lesson!
(Please note that I’m not affiliated in any way with Twinkl, I just think they do great work)

Do you know of any other great resources for teaching classroom verbs? Please contact us!



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