Strengthen reading comprehension and written expression with our Adverb Lesson Plan as students accurately identify adverbs in a text and independently use accurate adverbs in writing. With physical activity, this fun lesson challenges students to act out sentences with adverbs, which stimulates their sensory system while developing their concept imagery for the application and significance of adverbs.
Sample Classroom Procedure:
Since this lesson covers a range from 1st to 3rd grade, you may need to introduce, briefly review, or extensively review other parts of speech before introducing adverbs.
After review of nouns, verbs, etc., bring your class to the carpet and have them complete some silly instructions such as “Stand up sleepily. Sit down loudly. Shake hands quickly.” Call on individuals to volunteer to act out sentences such as “He proudly showed off his report. She sneakily left the circle.” You may add others or change to fit your class environment/students. However, make sure you emphasize all the adverbs words.
Ask students if they know what an adverb is. Take volunteer responses, but clarify if needed, that adverbs are words, that tell how an action is completed, or answers the questions of when, how, how many, and where. Divide a piece of chart paper into four sections and hang it in front of the class. Divide it into sections marked How, When, How Many/Much, Where.
Teach this tip, “To check if a word is being used as an adverb, ask yourself “Does it answer the question of how something happened, when it happened, or how it happened?” Introduce Anna Adverb (example illustration below) as the subject for sentences. Now say, “For example, Anna Adverb yawned tiredly. How did she yawn? Tiredly.Tiredly is the adverb. Anna Adverb ate a few cookies. How many cookies did she eat? A few. Few is the adverb. Anna Adverb finally returned the library book. When did she return it? Finally. So finally is the adverb.” Write the adverb examples the correct section on your chart
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1.E, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.6, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.A
Class Sessions (30 minutes): 2-3 class sessions, depending on ability level of students and amount of time allowed for student discussion, explanation, clarification, review, etc
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