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How to Teach Linking Verbs with Bingo


How to Teach Linking Verbs with Bingo

How to Teach Linking Verbs with Bingo


Linking verbs are verbs that do not show an action but rather describe the subject. For example, in the sentence “She is happy.”, the verb “is” is a linking verb that connects the subject “she” to the adjective “happy”. Linking verbs can be followed by nouns or adjectives that give more details about the subject. Some common linking verbs are: be, become, appear, feel, look, remain, seem, sound, grow, taste, and smell.


Linking Verbs Bingo


  • To identify linking verbs in sentences
  • To distinguish between linking verbs and action verbs
  • To use linking verbs correctly with nouns and adjectives


  • A set of bingo cards with 25 squares each. Each square contains a sentence with a verb underlined. Some of the verbs are linking verbs and some are action verbs.
  • A list of 25 linking verbs
  • A list of 25 action verbs
  • Markers or chips to cover the squares


  1. Divide the students into groups of four or five and give each group a bingo card and some markers or chips.
  2. Explain the rules of the game: The teacher will call out a verb from either the linking verb list or the action verb list. If the verb matches the underlined verb in one of the sentences on the bingo card, the group can cover that square with a marker or chip. The first group to cover five squares in a row, column, or diagonal wins.
  3. Call out the verbs one by one, randomly choosing from either list. Make sure to say whether the verb is a linking verb or an action verb before calling it out.
  4. Check the winning group’s bingo card and ask them to read out loud each sentence with a linking verb and explain why it is a linking verb.


  • Observe how well the students identify and use linking verbs in sentences.
  • Give feedback and correct any mistakes or misconceptions.


  • Ask the students to write their own sentences using linking verbs and share them with the class.
  • Ask the students to find examples of linking verbs in texts or songs and explain how they describe the subject.


  • To make the game more challenging, you can use more complex sentences with multiple verbs or clauses.
  • To make the game more fun, you can use sentences from popular culture or humor.


  • Ask the students to reflect on what they learned about linking verbs and how they can use them in their own writing and speaking.
  • Ask the students to share any difficulties or questions they had about linking verbs.


  • You can create your own bingo cards using online tools or templates.
  • You can adapt the game to different levels and topics by changing the sentences and verbs on the bingo cards.
Mr. ‏El-Sayed Ramadan ‎ ‎


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