Here is a collection of activity sheets that will teach your students all about adverbs.

Adverbs are words that modify verbs, adjectives, even other adverbs. They describe the manner in which something was done, when or where something happens, and to what degree or purpose. Many adverbs end in "-ly," which makes them easier to identify (but watch out for adjectives that end in "-ly," such as "friendly" or "lovely"). These are the words that give us a better understand of the situation at hand. It can tell us how much or how often something happens. It also shares the authors opinion of the scenario with the audience. All and all the benefits for the reader and their understanding of what the author is sharing with them. You will often find that adverbs can be spread over several words and are not single words in some cases. They are often expressed as phrases or clauses. There are also some adverbs you will want to avoid using in your writing. These words such as extremely and very are called intensifiers. Some feel that these words demonstrate a limited use of vocabulary and they prefer not to use them.

Please note: Answer sheets are fully provided, but in many cases there are many open response questions available here. Fun Project Idea: Have your students perform the Schoolhouse Rock "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly" song (available on YouTube) for extra reinforcement of the definition and use of adverbs.

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Adjective to Adverb

Adjectives that describe a noun can become adverbs when the sentence is rewritten so that the verb is described instead. Rewrite each sentence below to make the adjectives work as adverbs.

-ly Me!

You can turn many adjectives into adverbs by adding –ly to the end of the adjective. If the adjective ends in a consonant then y, change the y to i before adding –ly. If the adjective ends in a vowel then an l, keep the l and add an additional –ly

Frequency of Words

Some adverbs tell us how often the verb in the sentence happens. Read each sentence below. Then rewrite it, including the word in the parentheses.

Tell Us When

Adverbs can give us more information about a verb by telling us when something happened, or is happening. Complete each sentence by using a common sense word arrangement.

Comparative Forms

Adverbs that end in -ly need an extra modifier to help them make these forms. Complete the chart with the correct comparative forms. Follow the example.

Comparative and Superlative Adverbs

Comparative compare the action of two people or things. Superlative compare the action (verb) of a group larger than two. Example: Hank arrived the soonest.

Improving Sentences

Some words give rise to more information about a verb in a sentence. They answer the questions how, how much, where, or when.

Identifying Parts of Speech

Where are they? Spend your time tearing apart the sentences you come across. Underline the verb it modifies.

Writing with Adverbs

An adverb gives more information about a verb in a sentence. They answer the questions of how, how much, where, or when. Read each sentence below. Then rewrite it, adding information that answers the question in parentheses.

Using Adverbs

They often give you more information about a verb in a sentence. They also can answer the questions how, how much, where, or when. Rewrite each sentence below so that it includes the type of adverb indicated.

Adding Detail

Read each sentence below. Then rewrite it three ways, each time adding information that answers the question in the left column.

Types of Adverbs

Pick these apart from the top down and classify each word type that you can spot.

Writing With Them

They can change the way you read or understand a sentence and are often seen as pivotal to great writing.

Even More Writing

This is a complete synthesis activity that you can give to students that have a good understanding of this topic. Demonstrate your understanding of adverbs by writing original sentences that contain adverbs that answer the questions in the left-hand column. Use the pictures for inspiration.

Circle Me!

Find them within the sentences. On the line, write whether the word tells how, when, or where.