An Adverb Anchor Chart (with a free printable!)

Hi there! It’s Deb Hanson from Crafting Connections, and I've decided to share an adverbs anchor chart and free printable with you today.

First, however, allow me to express my dismay. Did you know that adverbs are specifically mentioned in the 2nd grade Common Core State Standards, but are not named in 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade standards?!? This puzzles me. To fully understand the purpose of adverbs, students must first have a firm grasp on nouns, verbs, and adjectives. I must admit, I don't know many second graders who possess that strong necessary foundation! In fact, I have found that most upper elementary and middle school students are easily tripped up by adverbs. Just a few weeks ago, I overheard my daughters (a 5th grader and a 7th grader) moaning about adverbs. My fifth grader was really struggling to complete her language assignment (that focused on adverbs), and my seventh grader stated how "bad at adverbs" she was, too.

After helping Brooke complete the homework exercises, it was apparent that she still had no real grasp of what an adverb was. She definitely needed a LOT more practice. Each day that week, I helped her with her homework, and I paid close attention to the concepts that were causing her the most difficulty. (I must admit that I used her as my own little case study!) These are the three adverb concepts that were most challenging for her:

  1. Yes, adverbs modify verbs. However, they can also modify adjectives and other adverbs, too.
  2. The -LY rule! Many adverbs end in -ly, but there are also many adverbs that do NOT end in -LY. Furthermore, there are words that end in -LY that are NOT adverbs.
  3. When adverbs modify verbs, they can answer the question where. However, words like "park", "hospital", and "school" are nouns, not adverbs. Adverbs that answer where tend to be more general in nature, like "here", "there", "high", "low", "outside", "inside", "backward", and "forward".
I observed Brooke's understanding of adverbs increase with each passing day, and by the end of the week, she aced her adverbs assessment. Furthermore, I put my case study to good use, and I created a line of adverb resources for my TpT store that directly address the "problem areas" listed above. I also decided that this would be a good topic for a blog post to share with all of you, which leads us here today. :)

I created this adverbs anchor chart. It directly addresses the first two challenging concepts listed above.
Adverbs anchor chart- use this anchor chart to teach your students about some of the trickier aspects of adverbs. In this blog post, you'll find a FREE student version of the anchor chart, as well!

I created a blank anchor chart for you to give to your students. I suggest creating an anchor chart similar to the one shown above prior to the beginning of class. After you discuss your anchor chart with your students, you can distribute the student printable (shown below). I recommend requiring students to write their own example sentence in each box. This will allow you to check their true understanding of each category of adverbs. After you have checked their anchor chart, you may wish to have your students glue it into an interactive notebook for future reference.

Adverbs anchor chart! Use this adverbs anchor chart template with your students. They can fill in each box with their own example sentences.

Here is an example of a finished anchor chart.
FREE Adverbs Anchor Chart Printable- In this blog post, you'll find an adverbs anchor chart that focuses on some of the more trickier aspects of adverbs. Use this FREE printable to have students make their own anchor chart with their own sentences.

If you'd like to view some of the adverb resources that I created, just click on the image below. The resources pictured can be purchased as one bundle, or all of the images are available for individual purchase, as well.
Teaching about Adverbs! This bundle of resources includes a PowerPoint, worksheets, a foldable reference guide, a game, and digital task cards!

Finally, I ran across a fabulous read aloud book that focuses on differentiating between adjectives and adverbs. Hop over to my blog to view the book, and discover how I plan to use it when I teach about adverbs!

Thanks for stopping by today!