Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.
After this lesson students will be able to:
- define adverbs of frequency
- compare definite and indefinite adverbs of frequency
- properly use adverbs of frequency in context
This lesson will take approximately 45-90 minutes.
Make accurate use of standard English to communicate in grade-appropriate speech and writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
- adverbs of frequency
- definite adverbs of frequency
- indefinite adverbs of frequency
One set per group:
- a gameboard prepared with verbs taped on each space, as well as things like 'miss a turn', 'go back three spaces', 'move ahead three spaces' at random spots
- a set of index cards prepared with adverbs of frequency on each space
- dice or die
- player pieces to mark each player's spot
Activate prior knowledge by asking students how often they read, watch television, and play video games. Explain that today's lesson will be about the words that are used to describe how often something happens.
Watch the lesson What is an Adverb of Frequency? - Definition & Examples as a class. Pause at 0:42 to ask.
- What are verbs?
- What are adverbs?
- How are adverbs of frequency different from other adverbs?
- What are some examples of adverbs of frequency?
Continue watching the lesson. Pause at 1:21.
Create a T-chart on the board. On one side, have students generate a list of definite adverbs of frequency. On the other side, have students create a list of indefinite adverbs of frequency. Discuss the difference between the two types.
Watch the next section of the lesson. Pause at 1:58.
Provide students with the following verbs one at a time: run, argue, dance, talk, play. Have each student select a definite and an indefinite adverb from the chart to create a sentence using each verb.
Once students are successful at adverb placement using simple present tense verbs, advance to the following verbs with helping verbs: will sleep, will pay, will watch, have stayed, have spoken.
Watch the remainder of the video with students.
For each of the sentences in the 'Examples' section, have students turn and talk to a partner to identify the adverb of frequency, the verb, and their placement within the sentence.
Use the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
Adverb of Frequency Game
- Divide students into small groups and hand out the materials for each group (game boards, player pieces, etc.).
- When it is a player's turn, he/she will roll die and move that number of spaces.
- The player will draw a card and create a sentence using the adverb on the card with the verb on his/her space.
- If the player correctly uses both words in a sentence, the player rolls again. Each player gets no more than 2 rolls per turn before rotating to the next player.
- The first player to reach the end of the game gets first roll on the next game.
- Have students create a 5-10 question survey for another student in the class that asks frequency-related questions.
- Students trade surveys and answer the questions in complete sentences.
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