Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, K-3

In the BrainPOP ELL movie, A Late Date Mistake (L2U3L3), Ben thinks his grandmother’s birthday is the next day, so he quickly organizes a party. When everything is ready, he realizes he has made a mistake! In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-8, students use adverbs to complete sentences in a variety of contexts.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Complete sentences using adverbs from a word bank.
  2. Create a related series of sentences in response to prompts.
  3. Identify how an adverb changes the meaning of the sentence.


Lesson Procedure:

  1. How Do You Do It? With the class, brainstorm a list of adverbs they know. For example: late, early, fast, quickly, slowly, well, terribly, carefully, carelessly, quietly, noisily, easily, hard, happily, sadly. Now have students select one of the adverbs from the list and take turns constructing a sentence that ends with that adverb in a Roundrobin. You can model the first sentence as an example, such as I eat breakfast quickly. The students continue giving sentences with the same adverb, For example: I run quickly, I fall asleep quickly, I get dressed quickly, I finish my homework quickly, I walk quickly, etc. When students run out of sentence ideas with the chosen adverb, have them select a new adverb from the list.
  2. Add an Adverb. In the Grammar section of the movie A Late Date Mistake (L2U3L3), each sentence is given twice – once with only the subject and verb, and the second time with the adverb at the end. Pause after each sentence is heard the first time (without the adverb), and ask the students to complete the sentence with an adverb. Then click play to check if it's the same adverb. Ask students to articulate how the adverb changes or enhances the meaning of the sentence.


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Fun on the 4th (L2U3L5)

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