Identifying adverbs

Home learning focus

To learn that adverbs add more detail to verbs and be able to identify them in a sentence.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos to help you understand adverbs

  • four activities


Watch this short clip to understand what adverbs are and how they are used.

Learn about adverbs.

An adverb is a word that describes a verb (an action or a doing word).

For example: He ate his breakfast quickly.

The word 'quickly' is an adverb as it tells us how he ate (the verb) his breakfast.

Where to place adverbs?

Adverbs can come before or after a verb.

He quickly ate his breakfast.

He ate his breakfast quickly.

Changing where the adverbs are in your sentences can make your writing more interesting to read.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

Watch this fun Super Movers video to revise adjectives and learn more about adverbs.

Listen carefully. You need to choose your two favourite adjectives and your two favourite adverbs from the video.

Remember: An adjective describes a noun and an adverb describes a verb.

Revise adjectives and adverbs with Johnny and Inel from Super Movers.

Write four sentences using the adjectives and adverbs that you picked out.

If you are feeling confident, you could try to include and adjective and an adverb in one sentence.

For example: I danced a slow dance gracefully.

Activity 2

Complete the Identifying Adverbs activity sheet.

You need to read the sentences and circle all the adverbs that are used.

Then complete the sentences by adding an adverb from the word list.

You can either print out the sheet or write your answers on a piece of paper.

Top tip!

Read all the adverb options before you choose. Not all adverbs will make sense within a sentence so choose the one that works best.

Identifying Adverbs activity sheet

Activity 3

Highlight all the adverbs that are used in the sentences.

Remember: Adverbs describe a verb. If you find the verb first, it’s easier to find the adverb.

Activity 4

Write five of your own sentences about what you have been up to this week.

Use at least one adverb in each sentence.

Then underline all the adverbs you have used.

Top tip!

Use this Adverbs word mat to help you choose some interesting adverbs for your sentences.

Adverbs word mat

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt about using adverbs in your sentences.

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