What Is an Adverb?

Contributor: Beth Price. Lesson ID: 10069

Adverbs make sentences come alive! You will 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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Go outside and run from one side of your yard to the other (or run inside if there is room).

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

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? Quickly

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

  • Sam left school early.

When did Sam leave? Early

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

  • Ben and Tom played here.

Where did Ben and Tom play? Here


Read the sentences and identify the adverbs:

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

Now, think back to the beginning of our lesson when you ran outside. What are some adverbs that describe running?

  • I ran quickly.
  • I ran quietly.
  • I ran slowly.
  • I ran today.
  • I ran outside.

Can you easily think of more?

For more practice identifying adverbs, try this mini quiz!

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  • How did you do?

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

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