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Adverbs Games for ESL Kids

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Adverb Action

Brush your teethT writes on the board an activity like "brush your teeth." S/He picks one student, they come to the front of the class. The T then shows the S a card with an adverb written on it, such as "slowly". The chosen student then does the activity in the way of the adverb. The other Ss have to guess the adverb. The one who guesses right gets a point and mimes the next action which the teacher writes on the board. To help them you can give them a list of options, if you think they need some help.  (Submitted by Libby McArthur).

Classroom Races

RunRaces are a fun way to teach a lot of different action verbs with adverbs.  Line the students up and tell them the action they have to do during the race and then shout go.  Actions + adverbs include: skip slowly, jump quietly, hop carefully, run backwards, walk quickly and so on.

Meal Routines Throw

Eat dinnerThis activities practices adverbs such as never, rarely, sometimes, usually, often, always. First, get Ss to write down as many food words on the blackboard as they can in 3 minutes (if you have a large class, have the Ss shout out and the T writes the words down). Then make 2 teams. In Team A, S1 throws a screwed up paper ball at the board. Whatever food word it hits the S must make a sentence using the structure "I ___ eat ___ for (breakfast, lunch or dinner), e.g. "I sometimes eat chicken for dinner". If the S successfully hits a word and makes a good sentence he/she wins a point for his team. If the S misses a word or gets the sentence wrong his/her team misses out on a point.

Train Ride Game

Train Ride GameHave Ss form a train (standing in line holding onto each other).  Choo choo around the classroom and call out instructions (e.g. faster, slower, turn left/right, stop, go).


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