Following are some fourth grade adverb lessons. These will introduce adverbs and have independent activities for the students. The students will learn that adverbs modify verbs, adverbs, and adjectives. They will also understand that adverbs tell how, when, where, and to what extent.
Adverb Lesson: Review
The first lesson will be a review of adverbs and their function. It will start with a board activity and end with a worksheet for individual practice.
The board activity will entail sorting adverbs into categories and explaining in what ways they modify words. Explain that adverbs change or add to the meaning of verbs, other adverbs, and adjectives.
Make four columns on the board with these headings: When, Where, How, To What Extent.
Sort these adverbs into the four columns on the board: tomorrow, there, lazily, too, outside, secretly, yesterday, extremely, soon, somewhat, carefully, close, now, much, forward, slowly.
- WHEN: tomorrow, yesterday, soon, now
- WHERE: there, outside, close, forward
- HOW: lazily, secretly, carefully, slowly
- TO WHAT EXTENT: too, extremely, somewhat, much
Next, write these four sentences on the board. Have the class identify the adverb and tell what category it is from.
- He swam quickly and won the meet. (quickly-how)
- I will be there soon. (soon-when)
- Come inside for dinner. (inside-where)
- She is somewhat annoyed. (somewhat-to what extent)
Student Lesson Worksheet
On this sheet the student will sort adverbs according to category and write sentences with adverbs.
Sort these adverbs into their categories.
HINT: There will be five words for each category: loudly, once, locally, really, lately, totally, downstairs, patiently, cheerfully, above, never, rather, very, up, early, quickly, away, recently, almost, gracefully
Add one adverb to each sentence from the adverb list that satisfies the condition listed.
- The room was decorated for the party. (HOW?)
- These are short sentences. (TO WHAT EXTENT?)
- We went to a movie. (WHEN?)
- My dog is playing. (WHERE?)
- He waited for me. (HOW?)
- We celebrated your birthday. (WHEN?)
- I am a great cook. (TO WHAT EXTENT?)
- Let’s go to the park. (WHEN?)
- The bird is flying. (WHERE?)
- She cut out the pattern. (HOW?)
Write five sentences using the adverbs from the list. There must be at least one sentence for each category: how, when, where, and to what extent.
Answers to Section One
- HOW: loudly, patiently, cheerfully, quickly, gracefully
- WHEN: once, lately, never, early, recently
- WHERE: locally, downstairs, above, up, away
- TO WHAT EXTENT: really, totally, rather, very, almost
Adverb Lesson: Identify the Adverb
Here is a lesson that lets the students practice what they have learned. They will demonstrate their understanding of adverbs by identifying them and the word or words they modify.
- Review the meaning of an adverb - that it modifies verbs, adverbs, and adjectives.
- Go over the four categories of adverbs - how, when, where, and to what extent.
- Have the class orally give examples of these types of adverbs.
Write these sentences on the board and have the students identify the adverb and tell what word it modifies:
- The message was secretly hidden in the book. (secretly-was hidden)
- The chores will be done tomorrow. (tomorrow-will be done)
- Why don’t you sit here in this nice chair? (here-sit)
- I was extremely tired after my work out. (extremely-tired)
Here is a review sheet for the students to complete.
Instructions: In each sentence, circle the adverb and underline the word it modifies.
- The class will finish this worksheet now. (now-will finish)
- The officer readily accepted the new job. (readily-accepted)
- I want a perfectly clean room. (perfectly-clean)
- Children like to play outside. (outside-play)
- Please play your music quietly. (quietly-play)
- He kicked the soccer ball forward. (forward-kicked)
- She immediately jumped when they yelled, “Surprise!” (immediately-jumped)
- That is an entirely new idea. (entirely-new)
- He is an amazingly strong athlete. (amazingly-strong)
- I finally received my bonus. (finally-received)
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