Purpose: to practice using the comparative and the superlative in conversation
Prep time: 10-15 minutes; allow more time if you want to write your own descriptions
Materials: slips of paper with descriptions on them (the handout includes 30 descriptions)
Preparation: Before class, make a copy of the descriptions. Cut them apart along the lines and place them in a box, basket or bowl. You may want to eliminate descriptions that contain grammar or content that isn’t appropriate for your students.
I do it:
- Model the activity and explain the purpose.
- Draw a slip of paper from the box and read the description to the class.
- Elicit from the class what questions you need to ask.
- Ask a student to time you. You have two minutes.
- By questioning the students, find as many people as you can who fit the description on the slip of paper. Note their names on the paper.
- When the time is up, tally your points and report your results, using the comparative and superlative forms. You receive one point for each name.
We do it:
- Repeat the demonstration with another description or have a student volunteer model the activity with the group.
- Now each student draws a slip of paper from the box.
- Give the students a few minutes to think about the questions they’ll need to ask. Students may ask questions of both the teacher/tutor and their classmates.
- The first time through is a “trial run”. When everyone has a slip, the “search” begins. The teacher/tutor assists as needed.
- Stop at the end of two minutes, go through the tallying process, and check to make sure everyone understands the activity.
- Choose several students to report their results, using the comparative and superlative forms.
You do it:
- Everyone takes another slip and continues as before.
- The teacher/tutor determines the number of rounds to be played. After each round, choose several students or ask for volunteers to report their results, using the comparative and superlative forms.
- The student with the most points wins!