(Teacher resource sheet)
1) Write the following 3 sentences on the board and circle the
The queen had a piece of cake.
The students got off the bus.
Suzie went home.
2) Explain that these verbs are very dull and don’t tell us very
much. How can we improve these sentences?
3) Model process with first sentence by replacing ‘had’ with a
more powerful verb.
e.g. The queen gobbled up a piece of cake.
4) Discuss how simply changing one word helps us get a more
descriptive picture in our heads and begins to change the
meaning. Introduce further additions to exemplify this.
e.g. The greedy queen gobbled up a piece of cake.
5) Challenge students to add an adverb at the start or end of
each sentence too.
e.g. Quickly, the greedy queen gobbled up a piece of
6) Ask students to circle the verb and write V above it, the
noun and write N above it and the adjective and write A above
it. For adverbs they should underline and write AD above it.
7) If feeling brave you could now play ‘In the manner of the
word’! One student (A) comes out to the front and picks a piece
of paper out of a bag containing lots of different adverbs e.g.
happily, sadly, slowly, angrily etc. The other students ask A to
do various things ‘in the manner of the word’ e.g. sit down,
walk across the room, take off jacket, shake hands etc. The
students try to guess the adverb. The winner takes place of A
and game continues.