Cecil Wampler Cecil Wampler

Comparative Adjectives
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will learn about comparative adjectives by looking at differences between life in the city and life in the country. It will begin with a listening exercise, then move toward identifying differences and forming sentences. It will end with an exercise in groups to make comparisons of characters in teams.


Abc Comparative adjectives

Main Aims

  • To provide the students the model for comparing nouns using comparative adjectives.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide the students the ability to produce their own sentences using comparative adjectives and verbally communicate with each other.


Warmer/Lead-in (4-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Going to present two different pictures depicting city life and country life in Cambodia. I'm going to get adjectives describing each and elicit the target language for comparing the two lifestyles.

Vocabulary/highlight set up (4-6 minutes) • To draw students attention to the target language.

Students will be given a matching adjectives to their opposites task. Teacher will show the answers on the screen. I want to compare my phone to a newer phone and write a sentence on the board. This should bring out the word "modern" and lead into the first task, which is listening.

Highlighting (4-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Students will listen to an audio of Joel and Andy discussing the differences of country life, allowing them to hear how nouns can be compared. I will also drill the sentence from the audio, "The country is slower and safer than the city."

Clarification (4-5 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Grammar spot where the proper form of comparative adjectives will be explained on the board. Ex: Old-older. Noisy-noisier. Expensive-more expensive. Good-better. Bad-worse.

Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students will be given a handout with the basic form for making comparative sentences. They will be required to write 6 sentences. Teacher will demonstrate one on the board for them for guidance and support. This will show them the form of the sentences and how to make comparisons between nouns. Teacher will have some of the sentences read aloud to get discussion and check student readiness for the next task.

Semi-Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students will be given a handout requiring them to fill in the blanks using comparative adjectives. They will be told to work with each other for support if needed. Teacher will monitor students and look for common problems. An audio will be played for them with the answer as well as the correct answers being provided on the screen to support their listening.

Semi-Controlled Game Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

This will get the students up and actually write full sentences with the support of their peers. A game will be played in teams. The first student from each team will draw 2 nouns and 1 adjective from a stack. They will need to make a comparative sentences using their nouns and adjective. They can get help from their team members. First team to three or so (depending on time) will win the game.

Free Practice (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Students will be put into pairs. They will each get a person with a bio of belongings, height, age, education, etc and they will need to discuss their person with their partners to identify differences. They will then be asked to write five sentences comparing their character to their partner's character. Students may be asked to read their sentences as time allows.

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