Once again I found a great lesson on Pinterest (which led me to this blog) that helped reinforce what I've been teaching about linking verbs vs. action verbs. Each child chose an Angry Bird (which went they were sooooo excited to do) and imagined this particular bird's personality. Then, each student wrote a story or a detailed description of the bird, even giving it a name. Then, we brainstormed a list of linking verbs we know and each child highlighted them yellow throughout the story. Finally, everyone highlighted their action verbs a different color. It was, simple, easy, fun and engaging.
We hadn't yet worked on distinguishing between linking and helping verbs, so you'll so those highlighted here and there...but that's ok. Baby steps! :)
Here is a link to the bird coloring pages, if you're interested.