Direct Object Instructional Video
Direct Object Song Video
Direct objects are nouns, pronouns, or proper nouns that receive the action of the verb. Although explaining them within simple sentences is rather “direct” (pardon the pun), in more complex sentences where an indirect object is present, confusion can happen. For example, consider the following sentence: The teacher gave Eli his paper . “Paper” is the direct object. The teacher is giving the paper; the teacher is not giving Eli. Paper is receiving the action of the verb “gave.”
Review Video & Follow These Instructional Guidelines
- Hands-on introduction: Model the fact that the direct object receives the action of the verb in a real world way. Use a bean bag or ball. Write a sentence like Mrs. Corbett tossed the bean bag. Ask students to identify the direct object (the beanbag). Then ask for a student volunteer, and modify your sentence. Mrs. Corbett tossed Gabriella the bean bag. Ask students to identify the direct object again (the beanbag). The beanbag is still the direct object because it is the thing being tossed. You may also write the same sentence using a prepositional phrase Mrs. Corbett tossed the beanbag to Gabriella. The beanbag remains the direct object throughout.
- Paper/pencil options: Complete grammar sheets “Identifying Direct Objects” and “Generating Direct Objects.”
- Extra Engagement: Use the sentences in the paper/pencil tasks as a whole class whiteboard or smartboard lesson. Print out the sheets and answer keys, cut sentences apart, and glue answers on the back for an instant self-checking center or cooperative learning activity.
- Even More Engagement: Print out and complete the “Direct Object and Prepositional Phrase Flip Book” grammar activity.
- See Fourth Grade Recommendations for steps for a simple hands-on introduction to identifying direct objects. Review grammar sheets“Identifying Direct Objects” and “Generating Direct Objects” as needed.
- Extra Engagement: Print out and complete the “Direct Object and Prepositional Phrase” grammar activity. Use this as a whole class activity, partner activity, or teacher-led center. Don't forget to share final products!