Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Lesson Summary:

The lesson builds on the children’s understanding of parts of speech such as nouns and verbs.  It introduces them to two categories of verbs: transitive and intransitive.  The discussion may be read by the children themselves or used by the teacher as a resource.  In either case more examples of both transitive and intransitive verbs can be discussed before the activities are attempted.  Activity A requires the children to identify transitive and intransitive verbs and Activity B gives them the opportunity to use both in their own sentences.


  • The children will understand and be able to identify transitive and intransitive verbs
  • The children will demonstrate their understanding by using these verbs in their own sentences.

Subject Area:

Language Arts

Lesson Excerpt:

We all know what verbs are, don’t we? They are doing words.  Every sentence has a verb that tells us about the action.  Today we are going to look at two different types of verbs: transitive verbs and intransitive verbs.

Transitive comes from the Latin word for passing over, or going over and means that the action goes from the subject of the sentence to the object.  For the meaning of a transitive verb to be complete, it needs a direct object.  This could be a noun or a noun phrase (which is a phrase containing a noun and its modifiers: a word or words that tell us more about the noun).   In the following examples the transitive verb is in italics and the direct object is underlined:

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