Adverbs of Manner ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Adverb Animals

ESL Adverbs of Manner Activity - Reading, Writing and Listening - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this fun adverbs of manner activity, students describe an animal by writing sentences with verbs and manner adverbs. The students then guess each other's animal from the sentences. Students begin by choosing an animal they would like to be. The students then write sentences about their animal using verbs and adverbs of manner. The students write as if they are the animal using the first person. Next, in pairs, students take it in turns to read out their sentences to their partner. Their partner's task is to guess the animal from the description. This process is repeated several times with different partners. Afterwards, the students write the sentences again, but this time they write about themselves. When everyone has finished, students take it in turns to come to the front of the class and read out a classmate's sentences. The other students then guess who the sentences are about.
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Interactive Version - In this manner adverbs interactive worksheet, students write sentences where they describe an animal using adverbial time phrases and adverbs of manner.

 

Adverbs Introduction

ESL Adverbs of Manner Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

This adverbs of manner worksheet helps to teach elementary students how to form and use manner adverbs. To begin, students match sentence halves together and underline the adverb of manner in each sentence. Next, the students read how to form adverbs of manner from adjectives. Students then practice changing adjectives into adverbs. The students then look at irregular manner adverbs and write adjectives in their irregular adverb form. After that, students change sentences containing adjectives into verb-adverb sentences. Next, students circle the correct adjective or manner adverb to use in each sentence. Students then move on to complete sentences with adjectives from a box in their adverb form. In the last exercise, students work with a partner. Without talking to them, students complete sentences about how they do things and guess how their partner does the same things. Afterwards, students go through the sentences with their partner to find out how many of their guesses were correct.
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Battle it out

ESL Adverbs of Manner Game - Listening, Speaking, Spelling and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a free adverbs of manner game to help students practice basic manner adverbs. The aim of the game is for the students to find their opponent's battleships (adverbs) by calling out coordinates for the grid at the bottom of the worksheet, e.g. B7. If the square is empty, their opponent says 'miss' and the two students swap roles. If the square contains a letter, their opponent says 'hit'. The student then reveals the letter and the other student writes the letter in the square and has another turn. When an adverb of manner has been completely revealed, the student tries to sink their opponent's ship by using the adverb correctly in a sentence. If the sentence is incorrect, the ship won't sink. Only one sentence attempt can be made each turn. When a student successfully makes a sentence, the ship sinks and the student writes the sentence down next to the grid in the space provided. The game continues until one student finds and sinks all six of their opponent's battleships. That student wins the game.
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Interactive Version - In this free adverbs of manner breakout room activity, pairs of students play a game of interactive battleships using adverbs of manner.

 

How would you...?

ESL Adverbs of Manner Game - Reading, Matching, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

Here are two fun adverbs of manner games to help students practice manner adverbs. The students begin by playing a pelmanism game to practice adverbs of manner and their opposites. Students take it in turns to turn over two adverb cards. The aim of the game is to turn over an adverb of manner and its opposite, e.g. well/badly. When a student does this, they read the adverbs of manner aloud, keep the two cards and have another turn. If the two cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. Next, the students play a game where they practice the adverbs of manner by associating them with various imaginary activities. The students reshuffle the adverb cards and deal them out evenly. Next, give each group a set of question cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the table. The students then take it in turns to pick up a question card and ask the other two students the 'How would you...?' question on the card, e.g. 'How would you sing in the shower?' The other two students then race to answer with one of their adverb cards, e.g. 'I would sing happily'. The first student to choose a suitable adverb of manner and make a sentence wins and can discard their adverb card. The first student to get rid of all their cards wins the game.
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Sentence Surplus

ESL Adverbs of Manner Game - Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a manner adverbs game for elementary students to play in class. Write a phrase on the board, e.g. 'She was speaking...' The teams then get three minutes to write as many sentences as they can using the phrase on the board and an adverb of manner, e.g. 'She was speaking quietly in the cinema'. When the time limit has been reached, the teams read out their sentences in turn. Teams score one point for each plausible sentence. Play several rounds using a different phrase each time. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Four in a Row

ESL Adverbs of Manner Game - Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free adverbs of manner speaking activity, students play games of Connect 4 by associating verbs with adverbs of manner and making sentences with the words. Students take it in turns to choose an adverb of manner from the game board. The student then thinks of a verb that would go with the adverb of manner in the square and makes a sentence with the two words. If a student manages to do this successfully, the student wins the square and writes the verb under the adverb of manner with a coloured pen. Students must use a different verb each time they make a sentence. The aim of the game is for students to get four squares in a row, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, while at the same time trying to stop their partner from getting four in a row. When a student gets four squares in a row, check their answers. If the manner adverbs and verbs match, the student wins the game. Afterwards, give the students a copy of the second game board and have them repeat the game with new adverbs of manner.
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It's something I do...

ESL Adverbs of Manner Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is an engaging adverbs of manner game for your students to play in class. In the game, students practice manner adverbs by guessing how a partner does different things. Student A picks up the top card from the pile and writes down an activity they do that matches with the adverb of manner on the card. For example, if Student A picked up the word 'badly', the student might write 'I sing badly'. Student A then tells their partner the adverb, e.g. 'It’s something I do badly'. Student B has five chances to guess the activity by asking present simple 'Do you...?' questions, e.g. 'Do you draw badly?' If Student B guesses correctly the first time, they score five points. On the second try, they score four points and so on. After the adverb has been guessed or the student runs out of chances, the students swap roles. The student with the highest score at the end of the game is the winner.
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My Way

ESL Adverbs of Manner Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this entertaining manner adverbs game, students guess how their classmates do everyday activities. Students begin by completing sentences with appropriate adverbs of manner to show how they do each of the activities shown on the worksheet. Students must use a different adverb in each sentence. In pairs, students then take it in turns to choose a sentence from the worksheet and say 'It's something I do...' followed by the adverb of manner, e.g. 'It's something I do slowly'. Their partner then guesses the activity by asking a question with 'Do you...?', e.g. 'Do you get out of bed slowly?' Their partner has five chances to ask the right question. If their partner asks the right question the first time, they score five points. On the second try, they get four points and so on. If their partner hasn't guessed correctly after five tries, the student scores five points. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Interactive Version - In this adverbs of manner interactive PDF, students do an exercise where they write about how they do everyday activities using manner adverbs.

 

Name Someone Who...

ESL Adverbs of Manner Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free adverbs of manner game, students name people who perform activities in a particular manner. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a card and ask the other students to name someone who performs the activity on the card in the manner shown, e.g. 'Name someone who eats quickly'. The other students then race to answer the question by thinking of someone who performs the activity in that particular manner. The first student to answer keeps the card. The other students then ask the winning student follow-up questions to gain more information. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Tell me about...

ESL Adverbs of Manner Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this communicative adverbs of manner speaking activity, students discuss various topics using manner adverbs. One student goes first and picks up the top card from the pile and asks the other students the question on the card. The other students in the group then take it in turns to answer the question using the adverb of manner stated on the card. Students give as much information as possible and ask follow-up questions to gain more information. The student who asked the question makes notes on the answers in the space provided on the card. After the topic has been discussed, the next student picks up a card and the process is repeated. When everyone has finished, the groups give feedback to the class on their answers.
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Advanced Adverbs

ESL Adverbs of Manner Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

This manner adverbs worksheet helps students learn and practice some advanced adverbs of manner. To start, students match sentences containing adverbs of manner with sentences that have a similar meaning. Next, students sort the adverbs of manner used in Exercise A into positive and negative manner adverbs. The students then match the adverbs of manner with their antonyms. After that, students complete sentences using adverbs of manner from a box. Students then move on to write two verbs that collocate with each adverb of manner. Afterwards, the students choose four of their verb-adverb collocations and use them to write sentences. Finally, review the students' collocations and sentences together as a class.
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Interactive Version - Here is an adverbs of manner interactive worksheet to help teach students 12 advanced manner adverbs.

 

How do I do it?

ESL Adverbs of Manner Game - Miming and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this amusing adverbs of manner game, students mime activities in the manner shown on cards for other students to guess. A student from Team A comes to the front of the class and picks up an activity card and an adverb of manner card, e.g. make pancakes / aggressively. The student then mimes the activity in the manner shown on the adverb card. Team A has one minute to guess the activity and adverb of manner, and make a grammatically correct sentence, e.g. 'He is making pancakes aggressively'. If Team A does this successfully, they score a point. After the time limit has been reached, Team B can try to answer. Afterwards, a student from Team B comes to the front of the class and so on. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Level Up

ESL Adverbs of Manner Board Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this challenging adverbs of manner board game, students make adverb-verb collocations and then use the collocations in sentences. Write thirty-four adverbs from the game on the board in a random order. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they choose an adverb from the board that they think collocates with the verb on the square. The player then uses the adverb-verb collocation in a sentence. If a player cannot make a collocation, makes a grammar mistake, or cannot think of a suitable sentence, they go back to their previous square. The first player to reach the finish square wins the game.
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