Students tend to overuse superlatives, and this lesson introduces students to the correct use of superlative and comparative adjectives. The lesson reviews adjectives and how they are used. A common error students make is to incorrectly use the words most or more, either by using them when they are not needed or failing to use them when they are needed. It is important for students to receive sufficient practice in using both comparative/superlative adjectives and adverbs. There are numerous links to on-line worksheets and interactive websites available for additional practice.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Display two or more photos of animals. Ask students: What are some adjectives that can be used to describe the animals?
- Allow responses and discussion. List students’ adjectives for each animal.
- There should be some repeated adjectives for each animal. Identify them and ask students how they can use the same adjective comparing two of the animals. (For example, a student may say a bear is “more brown” than a squirrel.) Introduce comparatives and superlatives.
- Distribute Comparatives/Superlatives content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Ask students to share more examples of comparative and superlative adjectives. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. (Stress to students to be kind when comparing people.) Pair students. Distribute necessary supplies, display plants, etc. Encourage students to use a variety of adjectives. Allow the use of dictionary/thesaurus if needed. Circulate through the room to keep students on task and to check for understanding.
- Once students are completed, allow each pair to share one or more of their responses.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, allow students to share home adjective use. Check and review remaining homework responses.
- In closing, ask students to: Tell about your best day and your worst day ever. Use comparatives and superlatives to describe it.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Encourage students to use as many comparative and superlative adjectives as possible.
Common Core State Standards:
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.
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