Lesson plan

Admirable Adverbs!

In this lesson, students work with adverbs every which way! They will be identifying different kinds of adverbs, sorting them, and making banks of adverbs to assist them in their own writing.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to identify adverbs and generate a list of adverbs.

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to turn to a peer and think of all of the ways to describe how someone eats. Have students make a list of words that can be used to describe how a person or animal can eat.
  • Share out ideas, writing some on the board.
  • Point out that some examples show the manner in which eating can be done. Some might show where, how often, when, or to what degree.
  • Explain that these are all adverbs, or words that describe verbs.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that there are basically five kinds of adverbs. These tell how, when, how often, where and to what degree.
  • Explain how words that describe adjectives are also adverbs, as in I am very excited! VERY tells the degree of excitement.
  • Distribute the Adverb Word Bank activity.
  • Go over the instructions together. Have students work in pairs or small groups to generate more of each kind of adverb.
  • Share lists.
(10 minutes)
  • Distribute the worksheet All Kinds of Adverbs.
  • This activity will also review the kinds of adverbs. Go over this again if necessary as you review the instructions.
  • Have students use the definitions at the top as a resource as they complete the exercises at the bottom.
  • Review student responses and provide suggested answers.
(15 minutes)
  • Distribute the worksheet Sorting Out Adverbs.
  • Go over the instructions.
  • Students will use higher-order thinking to apply their knowledge of adverbs and sort them into categories.
  • When done, ask students to provide examples for each bubble.


  • When creating the word bank, generate some words together before having students work in pairs.


  • In the Sorting Out Adverbs activity, challenge students to sort all of the words on the list.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students clear their desks of previous work. Have students make a graphic like the one on the sorting activity.
  • Instruct them to write "Five Kinds of Adverbs" in the middle and then label each of the five outer bubbles.
  • Have students provide at least two or three adverbs in each bubble.
(5 minutes)
  • Discuss: How are adverbs and adjectives different?

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