Use this activity to practice the use of comparatives and
superlatives and to introduce more complex ways of comparison. As a sub
aim it also revises various lexical sets depending on the things to be
compared. It can be adapted to be used for all ages although it is
essential that some previous introduction to comparatives and
superlatives has been done.
Activity type: Group work
- Copies of the three of a kind template.
- Choose 3 students and ask them to come to the front of the class.
the class how each student is different. This should elicit comparative
structures for example ‘Student A is taller that student B’ and
‘Student B has longer hair than student C’. It should also elicit
superlatives such as ‘Student C is the tallest’ and ‘Student B has the
- Write these structures on the board and elicit
the various rules when making comparisons. Depending on level you may
also see fit to introduce other structures such as ‘Student A is as tall
as student B’. This will depend on the ability of your class
can now ask students to directly comment on what the students are
wearing. Examples sentences such as ‘They are all wearing blue jeans’
may occur. Again write all these sentences on the board.
they are done ask three more students come up and draw the people
according to the descriptions on the board. This provides a fun,
kinaesthetic part of the activity and allows an opportunity to be
- Now put students into groups of three, give
out the ‘Three of a kind?’ template and ask them to do the same in their
groups. Each group should have the same exact sentences as this
encourages collaboration however the pictures will be different. Set a
time limit and monitor.
- When finished put the finished sheets on
the walls and encourage students to walk around, read and add any more
comparatives they can think of.
could choose a form of transport, draw it and compare it with each
other. They could also bring photos in of family members. Younger
learners may enjoy doing the same thing with animals.