Lesson plan

Good, Better, Best

Most comparatives and superlatives are pretty intuitive, but the exceptions can be tricky. This lesson will have your students practicing the most common and misused comparatives and superlatives.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to convert adjectives into their comparative and superlative forms.

(5 minutes)
  • Play I Spy with comparatives and superlatives. For example, say “I spy with my little eye, a colorful notebook.” When students pick the one you secretly selected, say, “I spy with my little eye, a more colorful notebook.” When students pick the one you secretly selected, say, “I spy with my little eye, the most colorful notebook.”
  • If they identify a colorful notebook, but it’s not the one you chose, you can say, “That is colorful, but it’s not the one I spy.”
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that you are going to learn about comparative and superlative adjectives.
  • Tell them that, just like verbs can be modified to indicate time (if they are past tense, present tense, or future tense; for example, walked, walk, walking, and will walk), adjectives can be modified to show degrees or extent of that quality.
  • Tell them that adjectives are great for describing, but sometimes we need to modify them when we are comparing two or more things.
  • Provide an example by talking loudly and identify that it was loud. Then talk louder and write the word louder on the board. Then talk the loudest and write that word on the board.
(10 minutes)
  • Distribute Superlative Rule Followers worksheet.
  • Explain that students are going to practice making comparative and superlative forms of adjectives.
  • Go over the spelling rule changes as outlined on the sheet. Do the first few together, then have students do some on their own or with partners.
  • Review the answers together and address questions.
(15 minutes)
  • Play the Superlative Game. First demonstrate for the class and then have students work independently.
  • Game Instructions: Arrange students into several small circles of four to eight students. Have one student say an adjective. The next student needs to say the comparative form and then next, the superlative form. The fourth student says another adjective, and so on. If students take more than five seconds to think of their response, they move to another circle.


  • Provide visuals from your classroom. For example, a small book, a bigger book, and the biggest book. A dark colored marker, a darker one, and the darkest one.


  • Extend this activity by having students investigate nonstandard comparative and superlatives with the worksheet.
(5 minutes)
  • Provide an adjective and have students write its comparative and superlative forms on paper or personal whiteboards. Have students hold up answers when done to check for understanding. This can be repeated several times.
(5 minutes)
  • Discuss: Do any other parts of speech have comparative and superlative forms? Which one(s)? (Give examples of adverb comparatives and superlatives.)

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