Identifying adverbs

Learning focus

To learn what adverbs are and how to use them in your sentences.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos to help you understand adverbs

  • three 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 three 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 three sentences using the adverbs that you picked out.

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

For example: I danced a slow dance gracefully.

Activity 2

Help to make these boring sentences more exciting by adding in an adverb. Write each sentence down on paper.

If you need some help, use the words in the word bank to help you.

Word Bank: quickly, loudly, happily, carefully, greedily

  1. The dog ran ...................................... after the ball.

  2. Mike ate his cake ...................................... .

  3. Lily ...................................... cheered when she scored a goal in the football game.

In the next two sentences, you need to choose where to put the adverb.

Top tip! Look for the verb (the doing word) and add an adverb before or after it to describe what they are doing.

  1. The cat walked along the fence.

  2. The baby cried when he dropped his teddy.

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.

Where next?

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

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