Adverbs are difficult for students to identify. The -ly trick is helpful, but as with everything else in the English language, there are exceptions (ugly, friendly, family). Plus, the adverbs that do NOT end in -ly are the hard ones to recognize, in my opinion.
This anchor chart focuses on two main aspects of adverbs:
WHAT they modify (verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs)
HOW they modify (they tell us where, when, or how an action occurred, or they can explain the frequency or degree of something)
I think it's safe to say that most kids believe adverbs are boring and even confusing. I have an adverb activity that I have done the last three years when teaching about adverbs, and whenever I have done it, my students have really enjoyed it (both third graders and fifth graders)! In fact, this is such a tried-and-true lesson that I am linking it up to The Teacher Studio's Loved That Lesson linky!
This adverb lesson is centered around the book, The Z was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg. I plan this lesson after adverbs have been introduced and we have spent some time identifying adverbs in sentences. (Amazon affiliate link follows.)
|I use this mentor text when teaching adverbs!|
|Once you turn the page, the alliterative sentence is revealed. |
The A was in an Avalanche.
(A is one of the few pages that does not contain an adverb.)
Here are a few more of the pages:
Students love to guess what the accompanying sentence will be on each page, and after I read the sentence, we pause to determine whether there is an adverb in the sentence. When there is an adverb, I have students also identify the word it modifies and how it modifies (whether it tells when, where, how, how much, or how often).
When we finish reading the book, I give each student a piece of drawing paper, and students create their own picture, following the pattern of the book. I tell students that their sentences must include an adverb. These are some of the pages my fifth grade students created a few years ago!
|The G was gratefully glowing.|
|The P was painfully pecked.|
|The B was barely bitten.|
|The S was slowly slithered on.|
|The F fell fast.|
|The W was whining wildly.|
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