Adverbs of Manner ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Adverb Animals

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

In this fun adverbs of manner worksheet, students describe an animal by writing sentences with manner adverbs and adverbial time phrases. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by choosing an animal, bird or fish they would like to be. The students then write sentences about their animal using adverbs of manner and adverbial time phrases. The students write as if they are the animal using the first person. When the students have finished writing, divide them into 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, give each student another copy of the worksheet. 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 another classmate's worksheet. The class then guesses who the sentences are about.
 

Adverbs of Manner Battleships

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

Here is an free battleships game to help students practice basic adverbs of manner. Divide the students into pairs (A and B). Give each student a corresponding A or B battleships worksheet. Tell the students to write the six adverbs of manner shown at the top of their worksheet into their battleships grid, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Explain that 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. Afterwards, review the students' sentences and the meaning of each manner adverb with the class.
 

Adverbs of Manner Game

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

Here is an adverbs of manner game for elementary students to play in class. Divide the class into small teams. 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.
 

How would you...?

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

Here are two fun card games to help students practice adverbs of manner. The students begin by playing a pelmanism game to practice adverbs of manner and their opposites. Give each group of three a set of manner adverb cards, which they shuffle and spread out face down on the table. Students then 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. If the other student feels the answer isn't appropriate or they have a better alternative, they can challenge the student and give their answer. The student who asked the question then decides which answer is the best. The first student to get rid of all their cards wins the game.
 

Adverbs of Manner Connect 4

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

In this free adverbs of manner activity, students play games of Connect 4 by associating verbs with adverbs of manner and making sentences with the words. Give each pair of students a copy of the first game board. 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. If any of their answers are incorrect, the game continues. If no one manages to get four in a row, the student with the most squares wins. Afterwards, give the students a copy of the second game board and have them repeat the game with new adverbs of manner.
 

It's something I do...

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

Here is an engaging adverbs of manner game to play in class. Divide the students into pairs (Student A and B). Give each pair a set of adverb cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. 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. If Student B guesses correctly 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. This continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the highest score at the end of the game is the winner.
 

My Way

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

In this entertaining adverbs of manner activity, students guess how their classmates do everyday activities. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. 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. Next, divide the students into pairs. Students 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, he or she gets five points. On the second try, he or she gets 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.
 

Name Someone Who...

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

In this free adverbs of manner activity, students play a game where they name people who perform activities in a particular manner. Give each group of three a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the table. 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.
 

Tell me about...

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

In this insightful adverbs of manner activity, students discuss various topics using manner adverbs. Give each group of four a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. 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.
 

How do I do it?

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

In this amusing adverbs of manner activity, students play a game where they mime activities in the manner shown on cards for other students to guess. Divide the class into two teams (A and B). 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. This continues with teams taking it in turns to mime until all the activity cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. As an alternative, students can play the miming game in competing pairs or small teams.
 

Advanced Adverbs of Manner Game

ESL Adverbs 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. Next, give each group of four a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. 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. There may be one or several adverbs from the board that are appropriate. 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 (or miss a turn). The first player to reach the finish square wins the game. When everyone has finished, the class goes through the adverb-verb collocations and their meanings.
 
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