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The Adverb

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The teacher’s writing tray.
The grammar symbols. 
Prepared commands, color-coded orange with adverbial commands – e.g. sing joyfully – in a box or envelope marked with the adverb symbol and a #1. 


  1. Invite the children to the lesson, one to three. 
  2. Bring the writing tray.  
  3. Write a verb/action for a child: e.g. “walk”. 
  4. Watch the child perform the action.  
  5. As the child performs the action, write an adverb and show it to the child: e.g. “quickly”. 
  6. Watch the child change his performance accordingly.  
  7. “Thank you, you can come sit now.” 
  8. “Which word told you what to do?” 
  9. “Which word told you how to do it?” 
  10. Repeat for other children.  
  11. Bring the grammar symbol box.  
  12. Ask children to place the symbols accordingly.  
  13. Introduce the small orange adverb symbol. 
  14. “This is for words that tell us how we did something.” 
  15. Transpose.  
  16. Clean up. 
  17. Introduce adverb box 1.  
  18. Let each child read a few cards from the box and perform the actions.  
  19. Allow child to continue their own, independently.  
  20. “You know where this goes when you are done, right?” 


Exercise 1, Child works independently with adverb box 1.
Encourage children to write adverb commands for each other. 


To become aware of the function of the adverb.   




Frequently emotions are present in adverbs which helps the child better connect to attitudes and deeper meaning, which is a step that leads to total reading. 
Some adverbs need to be very simple for beginners.  

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