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Name of Activity:

Moving With Adverbs

Academic content:

Language Arts

Purpose of Activity:

This activity reinforces the concept that adverbs describe the verb. The activity can be modified to reinforce the correct spellings of adverbs (adding an -ly).


The students need to have studied adverbs and how they are written correctly.

Suggested Grade Level:


Physical activity:

Locomotor skills

Description of Idea

Start by reminding the students that most adverbs end in -ly and that their most common use is describing verbs. Have the students move around the general space doing various locomotor skills. Then have the students alter the way they are doing the skills by listening to the adverbs being called out by the teacher. For example, start with walking. Have the students walking at first and then add the adverb by telling them to walk quickly. Switch to walking slowly, nonchalantly, quietly, loudly, carefully, etc. Change the locomotor skills and alter the adverbs to those that best suit those new skills.


Make the activity into a modified "Simon Says" game(without the elimination) by having the students listen for the correct formation of the adverb. For example, have the students walking quickly. Then tell the students to "walk slow." The students should keep walking quickly because the teacher did not say "walk slowly." They should only change their skill when the adverbs are correct.

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Submitted by Amy  Brown. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 5/21/2000.

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