Comparatives: worksheet, card game and janken game

Objective
To introduce superlatives to students using a worksheet and two group activities.

Here is a worksheet and two activities for practicing comparatives in New Crown 2 – Lesson 7  (Pg 78).

Sample duration: Worksheet: 20–25 minutes, Card Game: 10–15 minutes, Janken Game: 10–15 minutes

WORKSHEET

Students will practice writing different superlatives by comparing some popular cartoon characters in Japan.

This worksheet seems to work particularly well because the students really enjoy comparing their favorite characters (Snoopy, Hello Kitty, Mickey, etc).

Feel free to change up some of the statistics of the characters or even the characters themselves!

Notes on this worksheet:

The last section of the worksheet (part 2b) can be the most challenging as students will need to know to look at the clue word towards the end of each sentence to complete the sentence. For example:

~ is the ~ city in Japan.

The hint word in this sentence would be “city” because Tokyo is the only city in “Word Box A”. Many students will not make this connection unless you show them, so you might want to try one together as a class.

CARD GAME

This card game is quite fun and simple once the students have become comfortable with comparatives. I recommend making six decks of cards (24 total cards for each deck) as almost all classes at JHS are already pre-divided into six groups. Pass out the decks and let the students look at the deck. I find it easier to explain the game if they can see the cards I am talking about. For the first round, the students will simply try to make sentences using the cards. For example, Hello Kitty – is cuter than – Godzilla or Astro Boy – is the fastest. Of course, some of their answers may be based on opinion, but if they pair an obviously wrong answer together, such as Godzilla – is smaller than – Hello Kitty, then they must try again. For the second round, the students will try to string together as many cards as they can. For example, they may make a string like this: Hello Kitty – is cuter than – stitch – is smaller than – Godzilla – is bigger than – Astro Boy – is faster than – Hello Kitty – is the cutest.

JANKEN GAME

I love this game because you can use it for so many grammar points and I have personally seen this game be successful in both my elementary and JHS classes. The students will get into pairs and play “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. The winning student will move either two or three spaces, depending on if they win by rock, paper or scissor, and then they will ask the losing student a question. In this case, the question would be “which is  (insert superlative)?”. If the losing student answers the question correctly, they can move one space. If they answer wrong or cannot answer, they cannot move a space.