Students will be able to correctly use comparative and superlative adjectives.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Show students three objects of different sizes.
- Say, “Let’s put these in order from smallest to biggest.”
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- To compare these objects we can use the words “big,” “bigger,” and “biggest.”
- We can also compare these objects using the words ”small,” “smaller,” and “smallest.”
- Write the words “big,” “bigger,” “biggest,” “small,” “smaller, and “smallest” on the board.
- Ask, “What do you notice about the words?” Make sure students notice that some end with “-er” and others end with “-est.”
- Now take two of the objects and put one closer to you and one further away.
- Say, “I can compare these objects using the words ‘close’ and ‘closer.’”
- Tell students that you use the suffix -er when comparing two objects.
- Now add the third object in and say, “I can compare these objects by using the suffixes -er and -est: ‘close,’ ‘closer,’ ‘closest.’”
- Tell students that you use the suffix -est when comparing three or more objects.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Assign students partners and hand each pair three objects. Have the partners order the objects and label them big/bigger/biggest, small/smaller/smallest, close/closer/closest.
- Ask students to come up with another way they could compare the objects (tall/taller/tallest, long/longer/longest, near/nearer/nearest, wide/wider/widest).
- Have students share the different ways they could compare the objects, using comparative and superlative adjectives.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Tell students that comparative and superlative adjectives can be used to compare all sorts of things. For example: strange/stranger/strangest, bumpy/bumpier/bumpiest, silly/sillier/silliest, hairy/hairier/hairiest.
- Have them pick a set of comparative and superlative adjectives and have them draw pictures that demonstrate these adjectives. They should label the pictures with the appropriate adjectives.
- If students finish earlier, they should continue to draw sets of similar objects and compare them with comparative and superlative adjectives.
Enrichment: Have students write sentences to describe the objects they draw.
Support: Have students work only with comparative adjectives.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Assess students’ understanding by observing how they are are using comparative and superlative adjectives.
- Look at the work they produce during independent work time and assess their ability to correctly form and use comparative and superlative adjectives.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Have students share the drawings they did during independent work time, using the adjectives they wrote in complete sentences.