Adverbs are words that describe verbs, adjectives or other adverbs. Adverbs are considered descriptive or modifying words, and can often be confused with adjectives, which are related words but words used to describe nouns.
Teaching adverbs provides ample opportunities for entertainment, since they are fun descriptive words and students can create a long string of adverbs to describe their favorite activities. Here are some great ideas for activities with adverbs that are sure to please all ages.
The first activity that should be done with students is to help them distinguish the difference between adjective and adverbs. While most adverbs end in the letters "ly," this is not always the case. In fact, frequency adverbs, or adverbs use to describe when or how often something occurs, do not end in "ly."
In order to emphasize that adverbs can be any type of words as long as they are words that describe verbs, adjectives or other adverbs, you can have an adverb scavenger hunt.
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Once students have a full understanding of what an adverb is, you can ask them to brainstorm lists of adverbs. You can also make this game more fun by giving them a verb, an adjective or another adverb.
You can also use a similar technique to illustrate the fact that adverbs describe adjectives and other adverbs.
You can also encourage the students to come up with an adverb to describe their favorite activity.
Teaching adverbs, like teaching any part of speech, involves helping students understand the structure of adverbs within the context of the sentence and within the context of the English language as a whole. By making the lessons fun and engaging, students are more likely to begin to understand how adverbs function as a grammatical tool and are going to be more comfortable incorporating adverbs into their own sentences and into the language they use daily.
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