When my third graders were first learning the parts of speech, some of them would mix-up adverbs and adjectives. I found a great process that would move my students from definitions, through Bloom's Taxonomy, and towards application. Let me show you...
Step 1: Definitions
Remember, an adverb modifies verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. An adjective modifies nouns or pronouns. As you well know, definitions can be hard to remember. Why not introduce your students to language arts jingles? (There is plenty of research on this subject, that you can read about here and here.) Below are two jingles to help you with adverbs and adjectives.
Step 2: Questioning Strategies
Next, move towards application with questioning strategies. By asking the right questions, students can identify the word as an adjective or an adverb.
If the word answers, “HOW? WHEN? WHERE?” it is an adverb.
If the word answers, “WHAT KIND? WHICH ONE? HOW MANY?" it is an adjective.
By using this two-step process, students can move from simple quoting of definitions to application of facts.
Do you want more language arts jingles? Check this out!