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Comparative and Superlatives
A1-A2, Grade 3 level


In this lesson Ss learn about comparative and superlative adjectives through a listening text. Ss will listen to a song related to the context and they will practise the form of comparative and superlative adjectives. At the end of the lesson they will play a game for further practice with the new language.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of comparative and superlative adjectives in the context of zoo animals.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed listening practice using a text about comparative and superlative adjectives in the context of animals


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Getting to know you: Ss will stick the name cards on their chests. Ask Ss about their favorite animals. Do you like animals? Do you have a pet? Do you ever go to a zoo? Which animals did you see? Can you name some of them please?

Exposure (4-6 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Then T shows a group of animals on the slide and ask about them. Which animals do you see? Where do you think they live? Are they dangerous? Which one is cute? Which one is big? Which one is small? While Ss are replying the questions, T writes their answers on the board. T underlines the adjectives.

Highlighting (5-6 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

T shows two different animals on the slide and asks if they are same or different. Write the sentences on the board and say "this animal is smaller than the other." Repeat the structure for other animals to show the difference.

Clarification (10-13 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

After several comparative sentences on the board, underline the comparative forms. Elicit what happens to short adjectives (-er) and long adjectives (more). Demonstrate Ss the differences, how to make regular and irregular comparative adjectives on the slide. Short Adjectives (-er than) Small ......... small-er than Short ......... Short-er than (double the final consonant) Big ....... Bigger than Hot ...... Hotter than (-y to -i) Noisy – noisier than Busy – busier than Long Adjectives more beautiful than more boring than Irregular Adjectives: good - better bad - worse To present Superlative adjectives: Elicit comparative sentences: A bear is bigger and more dangerous than a tiger. Add another animal (snake, bird ...) and adjective (short, heavy ...) Elicit superlative sentences. Write them on the board and underline the forms. The snake is the longest. The bear is the heaviest. The snake is the most dangerous. To practise comparative and superlative sentences: LOOK AT THE 21ST SLIDE.

Controlled Practice (4-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Hand out the song lyrics. Elicit which animal Ss see in the picture. Pre teach vocab/check understanding of strange, milion, Earth, tractor, stone. Ss read the song and then circle the words they think are correct. They compare the ideas in pairs. Play the song and Ss check their answers. Check with class. Play the song again and sing it with the whole class.

Semi-Controlled Practice (4-5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

To practise key language from the lesson, call out one or two animals and Ss make a sentence comparative or a superlative sentence. Giraffe - Zebra A giraffe is taller than a zebra. Turtle - Monkey Monkeys are more clever than turtles. Crocodile - Parrot Crocodiles are the most dangerous.

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