Help Build Vocabulary Skills: Adverb Reaction

This activity provides a visual way for children to understand how adverbs work in sentences. It also gives them a chance to be creative as they decide how to respond to the player who is trying to guess the adverb.

What this activity will develop:
Vocabulary and thinking skills

What you'll need:
• Chart paper
• Marker

What to do:
Print a list of adverbs on the chart paper.

For example:

easily restlessly
slowly coldly
peacefully loudly
quickly angrily
rapidly quietly
happily sharply
softly carefully
harshly crisply

Display the chart so that all the players can see it.

Game leader
4 to 20 players

Rules of play:
1. The game leader picks someone to leave the room.
2. While that player is out, the other players choose one of the adverbs from the list to use as a reaction when the player returns.
3. The player comes back in and tries to guess the adverb by asking questions of each of the other players. The other players respond in a way that gives a clue about the adverb. For example, if the adverb is "softly," the player might say, "Pat, is this a word I would use if I were mad at someone?" Pat would answer by whispering in a soft voice.

4. The questioning continues until the player guesses the adverb. The game leader crosses the adverb off the list and chooses another player to leave the room.

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