What Is an Adverb?

Contributor: Beth Price. Lesson ID: 10069

Adverbs make sentences come alive! Learn what adverbs are and how they are used in sentences. You will write down adverbs you hear when people talk, and see when people move or do something!


Comprehension, Grammar

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Run inside your home in a circle or from one side to the other.

  • Did you run quickly?
  • Did you run slowly?
  • What other ways can you describe how, when, or where to run?

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An adverb is a word that describes or modifies a verb, adjective, or another adverb.

Many adverbs end in -ly.

An adverb can describe how an action happens. Read below.

John quickly finished his homework.

  • How did John finish?


An adverb can describe when an action happens. Read below.

Sam left school early.

  • When did Sam leave?


An adverb can describe where an action happens. Read below.

Ben and Tom played here.

  • Where did Ben and Tom play?


Time to Practice!

Read the sentences and point to the adverbs.

  1. Joseph spoke loudly into the microphone.
  1. I played outside yesterday.
  1. Sam slowly placed the last block onto the block tower.
  1. Chloe accidentally dropped the glass of water.
  1. We will visit my grandparents tomorrow.

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  • Did you find them all?

Now, think back to when you ran around.

  • What are some adverbs that describe running?
  • I ran quickly.
  • I ran quietly.
  • I ran slowly.
  • I ran today.
  • I ran outside.

For more practice identifying adverbs, try this mini quiz!

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  • How did you do?

When you are ready, continue to the Got It? section to find some adverbs around you!

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