Teach students the importance of using adverbs and adjectives in the English language by using engaging activities to keep them interested. Activities get students to use adverbs or adjectives repeatedly, making them easier to learn. Activities can be modified by using more difficult adverbs or adjectives or easier ones, depending on the age group.
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Simon Says: Adverbs Edition
Play the game Simon Says using adverbs. For example, give Simon Says commands such as, "Simon Says walk slowly two steps forward." You can pick a volunteer to say the commands. Each time someone gets "out," that person is picked to say the commands. This allows students to practice using adverbs repeatedly.
Refresh children on what adverbs are before playing this engaging game. Have students come up with about 30 adverbs by brainstorming as a class. Write each down on an index card. Next, on strips of paper, write out 10 sentences about things students might do or say during the day. For example, "Can you give me directions to the grocery store?" Put the index cards and slips of paper in separate bags. Then play the game by having one student choose a card and one slip of paper from each bag. The student should act out the sentence slip using the adverb character. Then the other students have to guess which adverb he's acting out.
Adjectives for Animals
Print out pictures of animals wearing clothes (cartoon pictures are ideal for this activity), and have students use adjectives to describe what they see. For example, print out pictures of a monkey wearing a hat or an elephant wearing a swimsuit and see what kids come up with. Some adjectives to get the class rolling may include "silly," "funny" or "ridiculous."
In this activity, kids work in small groups to redesign a restaurant menu to use adjectives to describe menu items. They will make the menu seem more appetizing with their choice of adjectives. Working in groups will allow kids to brainstorm appetizing adjectives together, such as delicious, juicy and tantalising. Students should then be able to underline or highlight all the adjectives they have used in this activity.
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