You might be a little skeptical at the title of this blog post.
I can definitely feel your side-eye over the idea of “fun” with adverbs.
But frequency adverbs can be a lot of fun to teach kids!
The term sounds mega boring, but kids will quickly find out that they use adverbs of frequency all the time…they just didn’t know what they were called.
I have provided a great worksheet that will go over the foundational basics and a fun board game that you can easily customize and play in different ways depending on if you are one on one, doing pair work, in small groups, or in the classroom setting.
At the bottom of this post, you will find simple directions to download the worksheets in pdf format today for easy printing.
What Is An Adverb…In Simple Terms?
I moved around a lot as a kid, and I think that must be why I never really nailed down this part of speech.
So please don’t be ashamed if you can’t quickly and confidently explain what an adverb is.
Thankfully, when I started teaching it in my homeschool, the curriculum explained it in the most simple terms. I so wish that my school teachers could have broken it down for me this way.
An adjective describes a noun. Example: “Action movies are fun.”
And an adverb describes a verb. “The robber ran quickly.”
What Is A Frequency Adverb Then?
A frequency adverb is an adverb of time – how often the action is done.
It answers the question – how often?
Here are some examples:
- I brush my teeth daily.
- I had to go to the store twice today.
- I rake the leaves weekly.
- I go out with friends occasionally.
- I always study before a test.
To introduce the concept to your child, ask them questions about their daily routine or daily activities.
Make sure each question starts with “how often.” After they’ve answered a few questions, tell them that are nearly an expert already on frequency adverbs!
Common Adverbs Of Frequency
The below list of adverbs of frequency is split into two sections with corresponding examples.
Adverbs of Definite Frequency
Definite frequency adverbs include:
As you can see, these adverbs communicate an exact time frame. It is a measurable, easily understandable amount of time.
Adverbs of Indefinite Frequency
Indefinite frequency adverbs are not as precise.
They include words like:
- Very Often
These can be much less precise and can mean different things to different people.
4 Simple Rules For Teaching Adverbs Of Frequency
A native English speaker may naturally know some of these rules. Definitely teach them the rule, but then ask them to say the sentence aloud.
Does it sound natural? Would they speak that way? Oftentimes, they can hear the correct answer.
ESL students in an English class may need to spend more time nailing down the rules and their exceptions.
1. Place the Frequency Adverb Before The Main Verb
For example, you wouldn’t write: “I walk sometimes by the high school.”
The correct order would be: “I sometimes walk by the high school.”
2. Place Frequency Adverbs After “Be” Verbs
As a reminder, the “be” verbs are: are, am, is, was, were, been, and being.
So you would NOT write: “She always is happy.”
You would write: “She is always happy.”
3. Use a Comma When Placed At The Beginning Of A Sentence
A frequency adverb does not always have to be placed in the middle of the sentence.
If a writer chooses, they can place it at the beginning of a sentence for effect.
For example: “Occasionally, I get a muffin at that bakery.”
Just remember that a comma should be placed after the adverb because it modifies the entire sentence.
4. Be Careful When Placing The Adverb At The End Of A Sentence
Yes, you can place an adverb of frequency at the end of a sentence.
For example: “I like to eat sandwiches occasionally.”
BUT always, seldom, and rarely should not be placed at the end of a sentence.
Check Out Your Adverbs Of Frequency Worksheets
This frequency adverbs worksheet is the perfect tool to get your student going with the concept.
At the top of the sheet, you will see a spectrum to help them understand the indefinite adverbs a little more clearly.
There is also a small reminder about how to place the adverbs in a complete sentence.
First, have your student do the first 2-3 sentences in the left-hand column.
Check their work to see if they understand the concept and can be cleared to finish the rest.
On the right hand side of the sheet, have the student answer each question with an appropriate adverb of frequency.
No need for an answer key here, as all answers will be individual.
The above is a board game activity that you can have so much fun with!
Feel free to go through each circle using the following ideas:
Have the student verbally answer each circle with either an indefinite or a definite adverb. They may struggle to commit to an answer, but encourage them to just go with the first one that jumps out to them.
Also, have them say it in a complete sentence to check for appropriate placement.
Homeschoolers, bring in the siblings and other family members to compare answers for more excitement.
2. Make Frequency Cards
For a little more fun, have the student make a good handful of 3×5 cards with all the new adverbs they’ve learned.
Call out what is written on the circles and have them hold up the frequency cards of their choice.
3. Give False Sentences
So this is probably where the giggles and fun are going to break out.
Tell the student or students that you want them to answer with the opposite of the truth.
For example: “I rarely take showers” or “I exercise hourly.”
4. Have The Student Design Their Own Game Board
Hold on to your hats, Homeschool Mama!
Your students will likely be shocked at this point with how much fun they’re having with language arts! Have them get hands-on and make their own game board to play with you.
They will surely come up with much more interesting questions than I did. Depending on the age of your kids and the culture of your home, I would expect to see things like “eat snails” and “fart” on their board.
Have fun and laugh through your language arts lesson!
I hope that you and your kid really have fun with this language arts concept!
Whether you are teaching it for the first time, getting in some good practice, or just need to review, I’m sure this lesson will help your child learn and retain the information.
Explain things in simple to understand terms, keep the air light, and encourage your kid to laugh and have fun with the lesson.
If you are looking for more grammar fun, check out the below worksheet on subject-verb agreement.
You will find many other free printables and activities in the Printables & Activities category of this blog.
You will also find book lists by grade level in the Reading and Books category.
Books are broken down by grade and gender. There are also read-aloud lists!
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