Teaching English by the BBC: Comparatives & Superlatives Through Pictures
Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required
Computer(s), Internet access, optional projector (for class presentation)
Activity DescriptionThis site has ideas for activities - there is not a computer component for students. This activity is a short but fun way to practice comparatives and superlatives. Students draw a picture of an object, line up according to the size of the object that they drew, respond to questions from the teacher, and make sentences using comparatives and superlatives.
- Review superlatives and comparatives.
- Preview the two sites used below under "How to:" if you want to use them in class.
- Review or pre-teach superlatives and comparatives. (You could use these two links with a projector to add an online interactive component to the activity.)
- Give students a blank piece of paper and ask them to draw an object that is easy to draw, such as a star, a tree, a flower, or a house.
- Once students have finished drawing their pictures ask the students either as a class, or in small groups if the class is very large, to line up according to the size of the object that they drew.
- The student with the biggest star stands on the right and the student with the smallest star stands on the left.
- Once the students are lined up according to the size of their picture you can then ask them questions such as:
- Who has the biggest star?
- Who has the smallest star?
- Is student X's star bigger or smaller than student Y's star? etc.
- Students make sentences using comparatives and superlatives.
Teacher TipsThis is good for learners who are hands-on, kinesthetic learners.
More WaysCould be used as a warm up activity or end of day activity.
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