The Battle of Adjective vs. Adverb!

Contributor: Jennifer Blanchard. Lesson ID: 13785

Adjectives and adverbs start with the same two letters, but what else do they have in common? How are they different? One thing is for sure--they better our writing! Check out this lesson for more!



English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Otter, Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


It's Trivia Time!

  • Did you guess correctly?

The adjective good and the abverb not are used more than the others.

  • Do you think that's true for you and how often you use those words?

We need to use adjectives and adverbs in order to provide more details when we talk and write. So, let's get started!

  • What do you need to know?

An adjective is a word that describes a person, place, or thing.

To get some more of the basics, watch Parts of Speech for Kids: What is an Adjective? from Teaching Without Frills:

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

For more of what you need to know, watch Parts of Speech for Kids: What is an Adverb? from Teaching Without Frills:

  • So, what is the difference between an adjective and an adverb?

The biggest difference is they are used to describe different types of words!

  • How else are they different?
  • How are they the same?

Complete the Adjective and Adverb Venn Diagram found under the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. Then, check your ideas against the Answer Key.

  • What are some examples of adjectives and adverbs?

You heard some in the video, but here are some more!

  Adjectives   Adverbs
  beautiful   easily
  blue   slowly
  this   never
  polite   happily
  responsible   soon
  huge   there
  lonely   always
  wild   quietly
  five   gently


  • Can you think of any other examples of adjectives or adverbs?
  • Did you know that adjectives and adverbs can be used in the same sentence?

It's true! You don't always have to pick one or the other. Sometimes, you can use both!

Here are some examples of sentences that use both an adjective and an adverb in the same sentence. Notice how they both follow the rules for the words they describe.

The happy cousins were playing the games loudly.

Happy is an adjective describing cousins, and loudly is an adverb describing their playing.

The active dog goes on his walks quickly.

Active is an adjective describing the dog, and quickly is an adverb describing his walking.

When you are trying to decide between using an adjective or an adverb for certain parts of your sentence, think about what part of speech the word is that you are trying to describe.

If you are describing a house, which is a noun, you would use an adjective. If you are describing singing, which is a verb, you would use an adverb.

Remember that you can sometimes turn adjectives into adverbs by adding -ly. Not ALL adverbs end in -ly, but many of them do!

Example: The teacher was honest. (adjective)

Example: The teacher worked honestly. (adverb)

Take as long as you'd like to learn this material. Once you're ready, move on to the Got It? section for practice!

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