A fun way to practise comparative adjectives and superlatives using Venn diagrams. Use the blank template (or one of the ready-made printables below). When choosing adjectives, make sure you choose words with one syllable, more than one syllable and words ending with Y.
Give each student a copy of the diagram. In pairs, students discuss where on the chart each adjective should be written; in the left or right circles, or in the middle if the adjective applies to both categories. When everyone has finished, go through the adjectives and see if everyone agrees with their position. If students are unsure of the meaning of a word, they should ask you or each other, or look it up.
Use some of the adjectives to review the grammar rules for making comparative adjectives.
Give students a die and a copy of the dice comparisons sheet (it’s fine if this is printed on the back of the Venn diagram).
In their pairs, students roll the die twice and then compare the two items in the category using one of the adjectives previously learnt.
For example elephant, monkey, lion, sheep, mouse, puppy. The first Student rolls a 1 and a 5 and makes a sentence like: an elephant is more intelligent than a mouse.
Note: Students must respect the order the dice are thrown and not switch the numbers around to make the task easier.
If you don’t have dice then Student A can simply give Student B two items from the list and Student A has to make a suitable comparison.
After students have been practising comparisons for ten minutes or so, review the grammar of forming superlative adjectives and have students write superlative statements about the list items. For example:
elephants are the biggest animal
monkeys are the most intelligent
A DIY twist
Instead of giving the students pre-selected vocabulary to sort through, you could instead give them a blank Venn diagram with only the two category headers written in. The students must now try to find adjectives or other related words for each circle, as well as some adjectives which can be applied to both topics.
Printable comparisons and superlatives activities
- comparative adjectives – films and animals
- comparative adjectives – animals and gadgets
- comparative adjectives – clothes and food
- comparative adjectives – cars and people
- blank template (editable)
- printable blank Venn diagram