Thursday, November 10, 2011

Teaching Comparatives and Superlatives

Teaching comparatives and superlatives.
If your class is looking a bit sleepy, try this for a quick pick-me-up.
In this activity, the class will compete in two large groups to say 'Student 1 is taller than student 2 - student 2 is taller than student 3' and so on. The first group to finish is the winner.
Divide the class into two groups. Ask them to line up from tallest to smallest. You can do this easily through gestures. Students quickly get the idea that there's some kind of comparison going on.
Write on the board, 'Student 1 is taller than Student 2' (where student 1 and 2 are real names.) Demonstrate the target sentence and idea a few times. Tell the groups that there is a race to see which group finishes first. Teach, 'ready-set-go' (if they don't already know it).
Vary the activity by going the other way round, 'Student 1 is smaller than student 2'...

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